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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 160168 26-Dec-2014 20:44
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I've just aquired a WD TV (latest generation) and I'm having some issues with getting it to see my USB HD.  Currently I have the USB HD attached to my router - I can find the hard drive on my network on my laptop. My Samsung bluray player can also find it and stream from it without problems. The WD TV doesn't find it, however, and I'm at a loss as to what to do next to try and make it work (The WDTV is hardwired to the router). It is communicating okay with the network as I have streamed things directly off my laptop hard drive without issue. The router is one provided by Vodafone, DLNA is enabled. Any suggestions as to how to troubleshoot?



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  Reply # 1204296 26-Dec-2014 23:09
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I have not plugged a HDD into a vodafone modem before, I have tried it on my DGND4000 and the performance was poor at best.

Plug you HDD into the WD TV, you can then use this as a network share and way faster than the router. The HDD even works when the WDTV is tuned off.


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  Reply # 1205524 29-Dec-2014 15:03
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Hi Tim, sorry to hear about the problems with the WD TV there.

There are several possible causes for this problem.

1) Unsupported file format or codec.

2) Firmware updates.

3) Compatible file systems for all WD TV models.

4) List of compatible media file types for all WD TV and WD Elements Play Products.

On top of that, make sure the cables and drive are good, or contact Western Digital for further technical support here, if you haven't done so already.

Also, if the drive is larger, it may take a while for the WD TV to fully index the drive.

Hope you'll find these information helpful.


Tommy Kwan


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  Reply # 1205662 29-Dec-2014 18:16
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I also had issues with using a drive connected to my router (Belkin). It wasn't that it wouldn't connect, it's just that the throughput on the USB ports of most routers (mine included) seems to be horrible. I wasn't getting enough for consistently smooth playback, even for SD encodes.

Either connect the drive directly to the WD unit (as SATTV suggests), or upgrade the hard drive so something like a MyBook live which connects to the router using ethernet. The results of either of these approaches should hopefully be much better.

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  Reply # 1206147 30-Dec-2014 16:54
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Thanks all.  Connecting the hard drive to the WDTV has solved the problem. I didn't think I'd still be able to see the and write to the drive on the network if I did that, but I can so all is good!

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