1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

No ViiV: Summary of Media Servers with HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by mikeny, Jan 12, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    1,914
    0
    Aug 20, 2006
    I've tried several (5) media servers with the HR20 so I thought I would report a quick summary of pros and cons of each.

    I had tried initially setting this up with a Buffalo Ethernet Converter but I never was able to to consistently keep communication between between the converter/Netgear WGT624v3 router and the HR20. I could initialize a connection by hardwiring the directly HR20 to the router, then swapping the converter but it wouldn't hold for more than a few minutes.

    Ultimately I wound up hardwiring the HR20 to a router. My configuration: Windows XP SP2 (no ViiV)Hardwired to Verizon FiOS Actiontec MI424WR router.

    Windows Media Player 11:

    Pros: Detection of HR20
    music: plays .mp3s, .wma, .jpg
    good library management on pc
    Price: free


    Cons:
    frequent server drops, couldn't access certain folders with 150+ megapixel
    photos,
    not very stable

    TwonkyMedia 4.1

    Pros:
    easy, small installation
    Detection of HR20: excellent
    Music:
    plays .mp3s (with transcoding lpcm plug-in [lame] into cgi folder)
    uses WMP metadata for playing
    better about network drops
    artist selection/album selection, folder selection
    Very fast indexing of content

    Photos:
    Excellent serving of all photos I have from 1/3/ & 7 megapixel sources
    configuration page: Simple and you can remotely log in from other pcs on
    your lan.

    Cons:

    Can't play .wma audio
    photos : slide show not the fastest
    still get some communication problems between HR20 and server
    especially if playing .mp3s without .jpgs being simultaneously served
    be careful about .db corruption

    Price: $40 for a year after 30 day trial

    TVersity:
    Pros:
    simple interface, you can log in from any pc on your wan
    Music: played .mp3s great
    Photos: plays my 3 megapixel photos
    Indexed all my content pretty quickly
    Price: free

    Cons:

    Can’t play my 7.1 megapixel photos: They appear in HR20 but with ‘X’s.

    ORB:
    Pros:

    Fast detection on HR20.
    Allows any devices on lan to access it
    Played all photos though HR20 by pressing “play’ on the folder
    Price: free


    Cons:
    made my PC crash
    Made HR20 freeze
    Couldn’t play .mp3s through HR20
    Couldn’t open photo folders
    Never properly indexed my music folder

    Nero MediaHome:
    Pros:
    the software detects: clients name: HR20 DirecTV HD DVR
    Friendly interface
    Played small .jpg files

    Cons:
    wouldn’t play .mp3s, wouldn’t properly index music
    wouldn't properly display larger .jpg files (showed them as a
    thumbnail (.bmp)
    Made HR20 freeze
    Part of robust Nero 7 Ultra Enhanced Edition
    Price: $80 (or possibly less with a search online and in brick &
    mortar stores)
     
  2. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    17,312
    28
    Jun 22, 2001
    Nicely done. Thanks!
     
  3. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    578
    0
    Nov 9, 2006
    Out of those options, I've been able to get Twonky, Orb and Nero working with the HR20. For some reason WMP11 still can't see my HR20. I've found Twonky to be the most stable and has the least problems even when my PC goes into screen saver mode.

    And for another reason I don't understand, Twonky is still saying I'm on the trial period until it connects with the client, and I've been using Twonky for music and pictures for almost a month now. So for me I'll be sticking with Twonky. Even if it does eventually recognize that it's connected with a client, $40 is reasonable for a stable media server IMHO.
     
  4. alexginga

    alexginga Mentor

    39
    0
    Dec 25, 2003
    I installed Windows Media Player 11 on my PC and enabled the sharing via Options -> Library -> Sharing menu.

    I then connected HR20 directly to my computer using a spare Ethernet cable AND...

    I am immediately able to access files in the "Shared Music", "Shared Photos", and "Shared Video Clips" folders on my computer.. :) (you can't play the videos though) :(
     
  5. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    1,914
    0
    Aug 20, 2006
    Yeah, I'm going to have to pay them, I guess..unless I can get my hands on that stealth client plug-in that you have.:)
     
  6. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    578
    0
    Nov 9, 2006
    Strange, but Twonky is now showing I have 10 days left on my trial. So much for Stealth technology... :rolleyes:

    But another option that I'll be trying this evening when I get home is the Philips Media Manager. It's free and you can download it here:
    http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/...7&slg=ENG&mid=Link_Software&hlt=Link_Software

    Make sure you use the 2nd link for the Media Manager application, not the firmware update for the RC9800i remote. ;)
     
  7. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

    5,500
    0
    Dec 7, 2006
    Good work Rambler and Mikenv.

    I like the testing and updates.

    Now if WMP could be figured out a little more. I can't get it to work. Perhaps I am to impatient with it. Perhaps it is swapping or something due to hardware limitations. A lot of MS products like to use hardware, memory in specific.

    Twonky is my current defualt as well.
     
  8. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    578
    0
    Nov 9, 2006
    Ditto here as well.

    Post back if you get to try the Philips Media Manager before I do. :)
     
  9. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

    5,500
    0
    Dec 7, 2006
    Nope have not tried it.
     
  10. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    1,914
    0
    Aug 20, 2006
    Good luck trying the Phillips app guys. I'm going to stop testing for now as I have 364 registered days remaining with Twonkybaby. Bit the bullet last night.
     
  11. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    578
    0
    Nov 9, 2006
    Well, I tried the Philips Media Manager software, and all I could get to work was Photo viewing. MP3s wouldn't play at all.

    My next try is the D-Link Media Server...
     
  12. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    578
    0
    Nov 9, 2006
    And the D-Link software ends up freezing the HR20, requiring a RBR. It looks like I'll be ponying up the $$ for Twonky. :grin:
     
  13. oldguy1

    oldguy1 Godfather

    491
    0
    Aug 22, 2006
    I don't know why you, and others, say Nero Mediahome will not play MP3's. I have been playing them on my HR20 using Nero 7 Mediahome for about a month now.

    And, you must use Nero Scout to do the indexing for Mediahome.
     
  14. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    1,914
    0
    Aug 20, 2006
    I thought Scout indexed my whole pc but the files never appeared through the HR-20.

    I couldn't get the Buffalo Ethernet Converter to work right either and I see you're using it. I was going to pull my hair out trying.

    Glad the above are working for you.

    Maybe it's an Ohio thing.:)
     
  15. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    578
    0
    Nov 9, 2006
    Okay, I was also wondering why Nero MediaHome wouldn't play MP3 files. But I can't seem to find the Scout application, how do I access or get to it?

    EDIT: Never mind, found it. :)
     
  16. cnb2606

    cnb2606 Cool Member

    12
    0
    Jan 8, 2007
    I am using non-VIIV PC with TVersity + HR20 using wired network. I got Music (MP3s) working. I having issues with pictures.

    I use Nikon D50 camera to take most of my pictures and they are taken at 6.1 MP.

    I cannot view any of the pictures taken by Nikon at 6.1 MP. As per my understanding, TVersity can display upto 7.0 MP therefore not sure why TVersity/HR20 not displaying my 6.1 MP pictures?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  17. oldguy1

    oldguy1 Godfather

    491
    0
    Aug 22, 2006
    The latest version of Nero Mediahome (2.1.11.0) has some improvements. Most notably: I played about 1/2 hour of music last night without any interruption (never got logged off or dropped).
    Nero Scout is also set up for Web Radio, Web TV, and Audio/Video/Image Casts. Of course, HR20 does not support these yet, but it is coming.

    Pure luck?
     
  18. Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd New Member

    2,913
    2
    Oct 5, 2006
    Very well done... Only used 3 of the ones you reported and agree with your assessment...
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page