06-01-2011 04:27 AM
I did not have any issues with the Linksys routers except for:
One major issue I had with Linksys E4200 and E3000 was with regards to content sharing/streaming.
Linksys allows you to attach an external storage to the router and share the content with other computers. However, this product nor the earlier, E3000, didn't allow streaming via TV, bluray or media with DNLA capability.
We could attach a storage to the router then map that in other computer and by providing a username/password you could access the content.
These TV's and blurays do not have the ability of providing a username/password to the router to be recognized. Which your tech support missed to understand and instead advised me to open up a port on TV! (WHY?). Unfortunately, your tech support couldn't get this part and suggested to install the Samsung AllShare software on the External drive! Which I explained over the phone, that NAS/external storage doesn't have an OS to host the software.
Therefore, TV/Bluray can't stream content from the attached storage, Although TV/bluray could see the Media attached to router.
That is deal breaker. There should be an option in the router to allow the devices in internal network to be able to stream media from an attached Storage.
I chatted with Linksys support twice with regards to E3000. Both stated as long as I could map the drive on another computer then there were no problem. So what about your statement about upnp "The built-in UPnP AV Media Server enables seamless streaming of video and media files on your attached storage to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other UPnP compatible device"? That is why I didn't bother chatting when I got the E4200.
Just a note that Linksys support test the streaming via Seagate 2TB External drive and a 2G Kingston Traveler USB flash drive (since USB flash was in the list of tested USB storage).
This is matter of some thinking, few hours of developers work, QA and a firmware update.
06-01-2011 10:22 AM
I’m not sure why you’re having problems doing this with the E3000.
It has a built-in Media Streamer.
The E3000 has a Media Server sub-tab under the Storage tab on the setup interface.
Here, you just have to enable the Media Server, specify which folders you’d like to scan for media, specify the interval after which it should re-scan and you’re good to go!
Or is that not working for you? The same exact steps work on the E4200 as well.
06-01-2011 03:11 PM
E3000 nor E4200 were able to stream the media.
We (I and Linksys tech support) also tested with a USB flash drive Kingstone Traveler 2G. When we tested with the E3000 we flashed the firmware with the firmware that I recieved from tech supoort (although it was excatly the same).
When I attached the USN falsh drive, it created a folder called public and inside that there was another folder called public I placed the files there "/public/public/myfiles.*"
Media server was enabled, we used "scan all", interval for rescan was set to default (whatever it was), later I changed it for 24 hours which didn't work either.
The TV and blu-ray both saw the USB external drive however could not see any file ( with extension mp3, wav, avi, mkv, mp4, jpg, tiff, bmp).
I tried it after first day of setup and the 2nd day of setup and TV /blu-ray could see the files.
06-02-2011 12:28 PM
On the second day, after the files were visible, was it still not streaming them? Did your TV/BluRay Player give you any specific errors? Which TV & BluRay Player are you using?
06-02-2011 12:35 PM
oops, my apoligies, missed the NOT word there.
What I meant was even after two days still files were not visibale.
That being said, I remember in the setup page there were two users account "Admin and guest" which I couldn't add an empty account nor I could remove admin. I think that would be the problem.
As to access the files a username/password must be provided and TV/blu-ray was not able to do it? Any thought?.
06-03-2011 12:48 PM
The username and password that you see there are for someone trying to access the files via a computer. They don’t apply when streaming media from the media server. It’s very strange that the media servers on both the routers weren’t working for you. It’s a feature that normally works. Have you already tried upgrading the firmware of the router? If you have, did you remember to reset the device after that? A 30 second reset is generally recommended after a firmware upgrade.
06-05-2011 09:41 AM
Yes, we did upgrade the firmware for E3000 which was the same version, however, tech support said is for flushing the firmware. and we reset the router after that still it did not work any way.
Glad you clear that up that streaming does not require username/password.
If it is suppose to work, then I will get another E3000 and hope you guys can help me get it work.
06-06-2011 11:22 AM
How long was the router reset for?
Ideally it should be for around 30 seconds, following which you should wait till the power light is steady and then unplug the power for the device, wait for around ten to fifteen seconds and plug the power back in.
It is definitely supposed to work! Do post back once you get your new E3000
06-09-2011 02:38 PM
Got a new E3000, and I updated the firmware to the latest.
Now going to format a supported USB Key,/External drive and attached it to see what will happen.
I will do as follow;
1- Now, today I will reset the device as it was advised previously, meaning holding the reset botton at the end for 30 secound and then wait for it to comeup. Or just unplug it for 30 secound?
2- Will enable the Media Server
3- Specify which folders to be scanned for media, I will leave it as is cause I want the whole USB to be scanned
So When I insert and format the USB with the Router, it will create a directory call public and andother inside this one call public. I will place my file in that folder as follow
will scan the USB key/flash drive, or should I specify anything? please let me know I am noob in that scanning part
specify the interval I will set it to every hours for today and then laterto 24 hours.