Well I decided to reset the WD TV box and delete all the settings and start afresh. After a rather long time searching, it found my computer name and took me to the login screen. I didn’t change any of the details and just used the default anonymous username and clicked the tick. And it actually worked and connected to my PC and I am able to view to folders I have given permission for on my PC.
Although I have had to do one extra step with the folders on my PC, I do the usual routine of right-clicking a folder and selecting properties, then the sharing tab and finally advanced sharing before adding permissions for everyone but I also have to click the share button under the Network File & Folder Sharing section and then adding everyone from the dropdown list in the subsequent window. If I don’t do this then I can’t see the folder on my WD TV Live box.
I am streaming over wi-fi at the moment as I have ordered an ethernet cable but it’s not arrived yet. Luckily my router is in the same room as my PC and TV and I have a 30 meg cable broadband connection so it streams really smoothly. I have to say that it’s been a real pain setting up the WD TV and it seems really buggy (either the software or the hardware?).
Even before I got connected to the internet the box had just turned itself off a few times and not allowed me to continue (no this wasn’t a standard restart, the power just went off completely) and general navigation can be slow and as I’ve mentioned, the Windows Share feature is a right pain to use.
Overall I’m pleased with the result but I’m not confident that it will keep my settings and connect to my PC every time and I envisage having to reset everything again at some point in the future.