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Windows 7: Network magic or free alternative

15 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Network magic or free alternative

I have a new Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit machine that I'm having trouble connecting to on the network. I cant pin down exactly what the problem is and it may be other manufacturers equipment problems but my web searches and forum help has not proven successful in figuring it out.

I have a WD TV live unit that I cannot network share with. I have it connected to my Verizon FIOS Actiontec MI424WR router through a CAT6 cable and although I can stream content from my PC through a free media server software app called Serviio without problems, a direct network share is impossible.

As an alternative I have put together an XBMC system which for the most part works for me but when attempting to interface with the program through a wifi tablet and an XBMC remote control app I am unable to connect to the network. The tablet connects to the wifi no problem anywhere in the house, but the XBMC remote control app doesnt work, at least parts of it dont work, it can connect to my media library and even launch video and music but the remote control aspect of the program doesnt work at all (I was told in the XBMC forum that the library function of the XBMC remote control app works through port 8080 but the remote control function of the app works through port 9777) and although I port forwarded 9777 I cant remotely control the XBMC system.

So to sum up, in an effort to take advantage of my new PC and its awesome processor and HDD I have tried to develop a system to access the contents and play it on various TV's and A/V systems in the house. WD TV cant network share, it can easily stream content through Serviio and did within minutes of set up, but a direct network share is impossible, and XBMC cant be controlled remotely because I cant get it to integrate, well not fully, I have access to the libraries but the remote does not work at all.

A network problem?

I'm no network administrator to say the least so I thought a good program could help me at least rule out network problems


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