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Multiple Ext Hard drives and WDTV's how can i access all Hard Drives?

flint52 78 28 November 28, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Hello, so i have 3 external Hard Drives (1TB, 2TB, & 3TB) and Two WDTV Live Plus i want to be able to access all hard drives from each WDTV. What is the best way for this? my home is pretty well hard wired with CAT6. Any ideas?


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Use one of those USB storage link devices (ex. pogoplug, sheeveplug, etc) to connect all external drives to network. Connect those WDTV boxes to network as well and set up file sharing protocols so the WDTVs can read from those drives.
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thanks for the idea but i researched and they dont play MKV's which is over half of my collection. any other ideas?
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Option 1:

Get a USB hub to run to the back of the WD Live Plus.
Hook in all three HDDs to the hub and then the WD Live Plus should be able to see all drives.

Option 2:

Hook up your drives to your PC in any one of your USB 2.0 ports (hopefully you have that many, if not, get a USB 2.0 hub).
Make sure they have all drives have a drive letter assigned.
Share all drives and set up your permissions as needed.
Hook up the WD Live Plus to the network and assign it a static IP address in the range of your router.
Go into the menu of the WD Live Plus and go check out the Network Shares.

Make sure any firewalls on the PC is turned off or set with an exception to allow file sharing or to allow the WD Live Plus through the firewall.
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Use one of those USB storage link devices (ex. pogoplug, sheeveplug, etc) to connect all external drives to network. Connect those WDTV boxes to network as well and set up file sharing protocols so the WDTVs can read from those drives.
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thanks for the idea but i researched and they dont play MKV's which is over half of my collection. any other ideas?
The pogoplug is just a device to help you share the files on your network, it doesn't play anything. Your WDTV would still play the mkv files through your network. Once you hook the hard drives into pogoplug, all your files will be available on your network and can be accessed from any device/computer
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Since you have 2 WDTV's the option I would suggest is to connect the drives to your main PC and have them shared to the Network. Setting the drives up as a share is so simple. Since you say you have your house wired up with Cat6, having the drives access and be able to play won't be an issue like it would if you were attempting to play files via wireless.

I have gone through so many iterations of connecting my drives to the WDTV..
1. Simple connection of one drive direct via USB
2. Connecting 4 drives via USB hub.
3. Network Share via my main PC

Since my WDTV's firmware is the B-Rad version to allow usage of Moviesheets, I have the drives set up with a net.mounts file to have the drives mounted automatically. All of my drives are currently in an older desktop PC being used as my file server.
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