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Networking Your HD-DVR+

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Milominderbinder2, Dec 27, 2006.

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  1. Sep 1, 2007 #261 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    OK, please don't laugh. I have a question about my desktop PC. Just because it is connected via ethernet to my dsl modem/router, does that mean it's on my home wireless network? I worked with a network guy at my company a while back, and he set up my wireless home network using the built in wireless router on my dsl modem. My laptop connects to this network, as does my PS3. I also connected the HR20 to the wireless network and internet using the Buffalo ethernet adpater.

    But after downloading WMP11, and following the steps outlined, when I get to #12 my PC does not find the HR20 (as an unknown device). So it got me to wondering if I'm missing a key step - is my desktop part of my wireless home network, or do I need to do something so the PC and HR20 can see and communicate with each other? Also, it's XP SP2 - do I need to set it up as a media server? When I look for a media server on the PS3, after it scans it does not find one.

    I'm surprised I got this far in terms of getting this thing networked. I should be set for VOD, but I'd love to get the picture and music share working;)
     
  2. Sep 1, 2007 #262 of 502
    MikeR

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    I'm using Vista currently - but first step - do you have Network Discovery "ON" and File Sharing "ON" and Media Sharing "ON"?
     
  3. Sep 1, 2007 #263 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    I'm not sure. I just followed the step by step instructions from the 1st post. How do I check to ensure all of these options are turned "ON"?
     
  4. Sep 1, 2007 #264 of 502
    Spanky_Partain

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    Look over these instructions and see if they help. This was key for me to get WMP11 working. I normally use Nero 7 as the media server software instead of WMP11.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=90631
     
  5. Sep 1, 2007 #265 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    I don't know guys - I'm so close, but not quite there. I tried everything in the attached link, but it still doesn't see the HR20. The event viewer even says the media server was successfully initialized and is sharing media with network media devices.

    The thing is, I noticed this morning the icon in my task bar that an unknown device was found by WMP11. Turns out I think that was the PS3, since I allowed sharing to it and now I can see all my pictures and music on the PS3. I guess I could just use that component to do all the same things as the HR20, but you know how it is - once you start something like this, you want to figure it out and get it working! Plus it's just more convenient to do this with the HR20.

    So something is working correctly from my PC and wireless network to the PS3. The HR20 is connected to the network and internet. But, in WMP11 I'm only seeing one unknown device during configure sharing, when I guess two should show up. I'm at a loss - any further suggestions?


     
  6. Sep 1, 2007 #266 of 502
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    I'm having a more basic problem that I can't figure out the solution to.

    I bought the Buffalo WLI-TX4-G54HP Ethernet Converter and configured it to my wireless-g network. It seems to work fine as the HR20 says its network connection is now good and that it's connected to the Internet.

    On one of my PCs I installed TVersity and configured it as shown here on the forum. I also tried using WMP11 on that PC and another one in my house running Vista.

    The problem is that Music and Pictures does not show up in the Menu of the HR20, no matter what I try, including restarting the HR20 after the media sharing PCs are sharing.

    I'm only doing this as an experiment since I have an AppleTV that does all the media sharing just fine. I just wanted to test out this feature on the HR20 and will just use the wireless Ethernet connectivity for VOD and remote scheduling when they become available.

    Any ideas on what could be wrong?

    Mark
     
  7. Sep 2, 2007 #267 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    I'm thinking my issue of not finding the HR20 in WMP is somehow related to the firewall. In looking back over the instructions, I may have missed a step (#5) where it says to set your firewall to allow the ethernet adapter. I did make sure the firewall was turned on, but looking back in there I did not allow any exceptions for the Buffalo WLI-TX4-G54HP.

    Do I need to do that? And if so, do I need it attached to my PC or wireless router? In Windows firewall under exceptions/add program, I looked at the options I had available to me, and there was nothing I could find called Buffalo or anything of the sort.

    Since WMP found my PS3 which is connected to my wireless network without any ethernet adpater, this would seem to make sense. I've been able to view all my photos and listen to all my music from the PS3.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2007 #268 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    Does anyone know exactly how you do this?
     
  9. Sep 3, 2007 #269 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    Sorry for the multiple posts, but I wanted to bring this saga to closure and to help anyone else in a similar predicament.

    If you've been following my previous posts, you know I've been pulling my hair out all weekend trying to get media sharing to work. After following all the instructions I could find and all the troubleshooting, and as I was about to give up, I found another thread providing one last hope. It turns out that as soon as I upgraded the firmware on the Buffalo ethernet adpater from V2.50 to V2.53, the WMP11 icon popped up saying it found that elusive unknown device. I now have photos and music going though my wireless home network to the HR20. :D

    So a lesson to save a lot of wasted time and frustration to all the Buffalo users out there having the issue where WMP won't find their HR20. In addition to the fine instructions in the OP, make sure you have firmware V2.53

    This forum is an awesome source of support and information - Thank you!
     
  10. Sep 3, 2007 #270 of 502
    MarkJones

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    So where did you find v2.53 of the firmware? I only see v2.50 on the Buffalo website.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  11. Sep 3, 2007 #271 of 502
    BuffaloDenny

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    You have a PM. Another kind member sent it to me.
     
  12. Sep 3, 2007 #272 of 502
    mtnagel

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    I'm sure this has been posted, but my images are getting smushed (is that a word?). It looks like they are getting pushed in horizontally to fit a 4:3 frame. Is there anyway to stop that?

    I'm using WMP 11 if it matters.
     
  13. Sep 6, 2007 #273 of 502
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    Me too. Vista PC WMP-11 sees the Hr20. All options are checked to allow sharing. HR20 passes internet and network test. Just can't get the Menu to show the Music and Pictures option. Funny thing is that I get the "ComputerName has logged" message when I shut down the PC, so the HR20 obviously see's the WMP-11 server.
     
  14. Oct 9, 2007 #274 of 502
    The Big Bad

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    I've got my HR20 working with WMP 11 but the HR20 can only see files that are on one of the internal drives. That is, about half of my music files are on an external drive and are part of the WMP Library, but the HR20 only sees the music files that are on the internal drive. Also, the HR20 did not see my playlists initially. Turns out the My Playlists folder was on the external drive. I moved the folder to the internal drive and, voila, the HR20 now sees the playlists.

    Is there an issue with the HR20 not recognizing files that are part of the WMP Library but are located on an external drive? Is there a setting that can be changed in WMP to fix this?
     
  15. Oct 9, 2007 #275 of 502
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    Yes, click on the link in my signature for networking help and look for the section label "Alternate Media Sources".
     
  16. Pdawg

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    I was directed here from the Directv forums for help. My situation is that I can get my music/artist/song list to come up fine but when I select a song it says "cannot access media" goes to the next song on the list same message then after the third time tells me to check network. I can acces my pictures fine.
    One note: I have my music on a second internal HDD labled E:. I also have a Yamaha receiver that is a media server and it access my music just fine over the same connection when plugged into it so I know my file sharing is alright.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  17. Spanky_Partain

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    It is you lucky day.

    Click on the network help link in my signature, find this section Alternate Media Sources, follow the information in that post.
    You will need to do a regedit and change/add a variable for remote sharing in WMP11.

    That should fix you right up!

    Have Fun!
     
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  19. The Big Bad

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    I'm having a problem viewing pictures. I'm able to play back music just fine, but I cannot access all of the pictures in the WMP library. The picture files are all on a local drive and are in the same folder. I get an error that a particular image can be accessed, and then after a couple of these errors I get an error that the PC itself can't be accessed. But the thing is even with that last error message I can still access the music files and some of the picture files with no problems. Anyone else have this issue?
     
  20. Spanky_Partain

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    I have seen this before, but I cannot remember what it was! Perhaps I will think of it and then I can post an answer. Hum!
     
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