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Topic # 110890 18-Oct-2012 12:41 Send private message

I have here a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 BDP. It has a "Network Drive" feature, which lets you connect directly to shared folders on Windows PCs using user accounts and passwords (simply tell it the target machine's IP, the folder name, user name and password). I really like this feature, but I'm having one problem which I suspect is probably my fault not the BDP's.

Sometimes the BDP refuses to connect (tries for a while and then gives me a "could not connect' message). When this happens, I can still access the shared folders from any PC, it's just the BDP that can't access it. This problem can be cured by restarting the server with the shared folders on it. The moment I restart it the BDP can connect again - I don't even have to restart the BDP itself. Can anyone think what the problem might be?

The 'server' is running Windows 7 Home Premium. The BDP has latest firmware. Both the BDP and server's IPs are statically mapped in PFSense.

I'm not 100% sure, but the trigger seems to be me copying something to the server. Today the BDP was connecting jut fine until I went and copied a file from a PC to the server, then I tried to use the BDP again and it wouldn't connect. I restarted the server and it connected without a hitch.

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  Reply # 702980 18-Oct-2012 14:31 Send private message

Oubadah: I have here a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 BDP. It has a "Network Drive" feature, which lets you connect directly to shared folders on Windows PCs using user accounts and passwords (simply tell it the target machine's IP, the folder name, user name and password). I really like this feature, but I'm having one problem which I suspect is probably my fault not the BDP's.

Sometimes the BDP refuses to connect (tries for a while and then gives me a "could not connect' message). When this happens, I can still access the shared folders from any PC, it's just the BDP that can't access it. This problem can be cured by restarting the server with the shared folders on it. The moment I restart it the BDP can connect again - I don't even have to restart the BDP itself. Can anyone think what the problem might be?

The 'server' is running Windows 7 Home Premium. The BDP has latest firmware. Both the BDP and server's IPs are statically mapped in PFSense.

I'm not 100% sure, but the trigger seems to be me copying something to the server. Today the BDP was connecting jut fine until I went and copied a file from a PC to the server, then I tried to use the BDP again and it wouldn't connect. I restarted the server and it connected without a hitch.


I wouldn't worry too much. I have the same problem at times with my A C Ryan media player.
Occasionally have to reboot the PC to get access. Doesn't seem to be any reson for it. Everything else on the LAN works OK except the Player can't see the server sometimes.



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  Reply # 703110 18-Oct-2012 18:04 Send private message

I think maybe "sometimes" was the wrong word to use. This happens often enough to become highly annoying, and I'm sure there must be a way to get around it. I want to buy more units for other rooms, but not unless I can get this resolved.

I said in my first post that it appears to happen after copying files. Well I tried to verify that, and it seems that changing the folder structure within the shared folder is what does it. I can copy individual files into existing folders within the shared folder and the BDP can connect, but if I mess with the folders (not the actual shared folder, but sub folders) it stops working until I restart the server.

I can't understand why restarting the server should make any difference. Could this be something to do with UPnP?

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