PLEASE: DO NOT UPDATE THE FIRMWARE. USE THE DEFAULT ONE IT CAME WITH
I do tons of research b4 buying, Amazon
5 January 2013
Summary: I don't know why many people can't understand the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" Here is my settings: I have win7 desktop upstairs while my router is downstairs in the living room. I used an ethernet cable to plug it to the router, and an HDMI cable to my HDTV. I use the Samba sharing thingy and it detects my PC. I did have to only enter my desktops username and password ONCE. and it never forgets it.
Summary: I created a network share on my computer (computer is in MS Worgroup) and the WD TV Player discovered it on the network. I place videos and pictures in the share and stream high resolution media without any problem. The device also replaced my Roku since the WD TV Player now has Netflix services that works great.
Summary: Contrary to its claims, the device will not find or play SMB shared files. It freezes up trying to open network shares, with the latest firmware. There is no way to enter them in manually. Using Plex to serve up dlna content works to an extent, but nothing high def works. SD content seems fine, though a bit slow to start. Completely useless for a LAN player.
Summary: I am 80 years old and something of a dummy when it comes to some of the modern technology. We have a 3 year okd Vizio TV. I wanted to signup for Netflix and looked for a way to connect to my wireless router, Netflix recommended the USB plug in device (ROKO?) - Since my TV does not have a USB port but does have 3 HDMI ports, the WD TV media player seemed like a good choice.
Summary: The device is pretty much as promised. It hooks up via a wired ethernet connection and an HDMI cable in minutes. You can use wireless and RCA connectors instead. The device automatically checked for updated firmware, and downloaded and installed that without problems. The menu system is intuitive enough. I'm still puzzling over why the main service menu splits things into groups including "favorites", when there is no way to remove or add things in this group.
Summary: I had been using an original first-generation WDTV for the past 3 years, and determined that I needed to update my player for one with WIFI and better support for newer file types, particularly high-def video with HD audio, with which my original player often had problems. Having read less-than-glowing reviews about the later WDTV Live models, and having purchased another brand of player last year for my father-in-law (which has performed well), I decided to go for the...
Summary: its an amazing gizmo and plays anything you may throw at it. exceptional value for money. interface is very user friendly and its a breeze to set it up and running. little slow in reading from external hard disks connected via USB and takes lot of time to display the list. but its other qualities far surpass this one drawback.
Summary: I previously had the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player that I just gave to my sister. We used it to play movies and tv off a portable hard drive. Well I decided to upgrade our home network and I needed a more updated set top box. The choices were between the Boxee Box, WD TV Live SMP or Roku. Well Roku cant connect to windows 7 shares so I dropped that, and Boxee costs too darn much and has yet to release a firmware that is stable.