I have a WDTV hooked up via ethernet to a switch/hub which is hooked into my ReadyNAS storage - Primarily used to stream all my movies and TV shows I have moved to the NAS.
I also use it to stream Netflix.
For last 4 months it's been fairly stable. By that I mean it plays everything I throw at it from SD to HD and a multitude of file types. The odd hiccup/freeze but nothing very noticeable.
Inherently this generally means its going to fall off the wagon and it did so several days ago.
When accessing media from the NAS, it now plays for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes then the picture freezes. After about 20 seconds it will return to the menu, i.e list of files in the shared folder. Also, when the picture freezes the box hasn't crashed as the back button etc will also return me to the filelist.
I also noticed when traversing the various folder names in the share using the arrow keys on the remote, it would also randomly freeze for 10 to 15 second, dead to the remote, then carry on as normal as if nothing had happened.
I have tried accessing the NAS using " My Media Folders", using Windows Share and also turning on DLNA on the NAS and seeing it as a media server. Same freezing issue on playing movies exists irrespective of how I access the NAS.
The wierd thing is i can fast forward at x2 through to x32 on said films etc without any hiccups. Just seems to be when playing them.
The only thing I can think of was I turned the NAS off for a few days recently due to power cuts after the recent storms. Haven't changed any software, setting etc...
I was initially worried I had a ReadyNAS issue but it plays fine on my PC when I access any files. I did some online reading last night and there does appear to be many people who have experienced identical issues to mine during playback.
I will hook up a local USB drive ( think I can do this) to check its the WDTV and not the network or NAS.
Any suggestions please ? I am several breathes away from looking at an NUC I3 but thats about a $650 to $800 investment once the RAM, Drives and Software are onboard.