questionswhat's the best way to stream your home network…

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Raspberry Pi running OpenElec. It really is incredible. You'll be forever disappointed with other solutions after you use XBMC.

http://openelec.tv/

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As for the PS3 issue, are you still able to connect to your PC share from other devices on your network? Network problems are sometimes tricky to diagnose, especially remotely.

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Western Digital WDTV Live. Streams from the network, computers on that network, as well as online content like youtube, facebook, netflix. So far it has read every fiile I've thrown at it, whereas my bluray player has not been able to play some files I've tried to play.

Got mine from Staples a year ago, $55-$60 after rebate. Totally plug-n-play, works right out of the box with very little setup.

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@embhorn: My TV is not wireless-enabled, so I need a device to connect to it.

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@embhorn: For a long time, I streamed wirelessly from my media server (Window Home Server) to my PS3 with no issues. Then one day it stopped finding the Media Server. It still goes online, still sees the computers on my network, but when I search for Media servers, it only finds the PCs and not the server. I didn't make any configuration changes. Just weird.

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@kamikazeken: I was pleased with my WDTV too. This is probably my front runner. We'll see what the wooters have to say!

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@tcayer: So the problem here is that even if you get another streaming device, you may still have a network share configuration problem that will prevent it from working. You mentioned multiple PC's. Can the other PC mount the network share from your media server?

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Are you sure you don't want to install Plex on your Windows Home Server? It's free and you can still probably get your PS3 to find it automatically. I use that with my Roku and it's just great. It does sort of keep the directory structure, but Plex also does metadata lookups and populates artwork for media it recognizes. Once you install it on the server, it can be configured through a web browser, so you don't have to keep connecting to your WHS to make settings changes.

As a bonus, once you have Plex set up you can also access your media from your mobile device - even away from home if you configure your router correctly.

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@philosopherott: Interesting- HOW does it connect to the TV? I have an older LCD with no USB or network connectivity.

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@tcayer: Plex is just a program that runs on your PC and serves content as a DLNA (UPnP) server. You would still need to use your PS3 to connect to the Plex server.

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@embhorn: Maybe I'm not explaining myself clearly- I don't think I have any network issues. All of my PCs can see and connect to the server via network- wired and wireless, The PS3 still finds all the computers, and when you search for media servers, even list Vuze if it is running on a PC, but no longer finds the media server. I've search the PS3 forums, and messed with the setup on both the PS3 and the server, without any change. Even if I set the server folders as network drives, ie: H:\ or M:\ they are not found by the PS3.

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@embhorn: Sorry for being dense, but Plex is the program you referred to in the first post? And I put it on the server? I can connect to the server independently of any of the PCs, I have a wireless router with 3 desktops (one hardwired) and 3 notebooks, plus the server connected via Cat 5, and my Ooma device plugged in (can't forget that.) Plus the PS3, and Wii and Wii U connect wirelessly, and an Xbox 360 that is plugged in via Cat 5 occasionally. The Wiis don't stream (at least not the server) and the Xbox is not plugged in all the time.

I've also considered a wired-network extender like those that use household wiring and just hooking my old WDTV back up.

Ideally, the PS3 would start working again.

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P.S. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

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I wonder... Have you added / or replaced a router? Check if your router is blocking the UPnP ports (UPnP uses UDP port 1900 and TCP port 2869).

UPnP is what the PS3 uses to find and connect to the WinServer, natively. It could also be that your server disabled the UPnP service and/or blocked the ports in the firewall settings.

That your other PC's can "see" the WinServer is not conclusive evidence that everything is configured correctly. The other PC's are probably using SMB to connect to the WinServer, which uses a separate protocol (and ports) to communicate.

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@tcayer: I'm the one that mentioned Plex. It's a program that runs in the background on the server. It acts as a DLNA server, like Vuze does, but reads a set of folders for its content source. It actually transcodes (converts format) videos on the fly so that your media device can play anything - even files it can't normally play.

I don't think it's a network problem at all. I think it's just a problem that the service for media sharing on your Windows Home Server has stopped working for some reason. Since Plex is so nice, you might try that before fixing the built-in option.

Here's a great blog post showing pictures of it being browsed by a PS3:
http://elan.plexapp.com/2012/03/29/this-aint-your-grandfathers-dlna/

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@embhorn: Before we get @tcayer misdirected, the router port forwarding settings are likely to only affect access to the media from outside the home network. The firewall of Windows Home Server itself is a good place to check for those port blocking settings, however. Since that affects devices on the LAN being able to access it.

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FIOS supplied my router when I switched, but it worked long after that. I've never tinkered with the router settings on this one, but I'll take a look. I'll also double check the settings in the server setup. Thanks again!

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@omnichad: Sounds like a solution. I'll check it out! Thanks!

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@omnichad: As a side note- does Plex stream to an Android phone? I've been looking for a solution so I can stream to my phone when I'm on the network (not really concerned about when I'm out and about.0

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@tcayer: Answered my own question! Plex works and I can access those files that are still on the server. Trouble is, I have 5.32 TB of video files. Seems like it will take a Looong time to set up.

Also- I was able to get into the router. It seems like everything is set up right but still no luck. The PS3 shows a DNLA Media Server Error up in the right hand corner of the screen. I can't see any settings that correspond to that.

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Any Sony wireless dvd player with apps does a great job and has excellent ability to play multiple formats with usb and off of large portable drives. Roku also does a pretty good job with the free MyPlayon Channel, but the usb doesn't have many video formats and it only likes smaller drives. WDTV Live Plus also did a good job, but it had to be connected to Ethernet.

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@tcayer: So you're getting a DLNA Media Server error even with Plex? That may have been the same error you were getting before, but do you know for sure if it's a new error?

Wait...5.32TB of files? You may be hitting an error condition with the size of the library - may have been the original problem. Was there any substantial growth to your media library around the time that this happened? The PS3 likely wasn't tested with this and it could be overflowing something.

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@tcayer: How many subfolders do you have in your main folder? Seems like this error relates to too many subfolders in a single folder:
http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-General-Discussion/Hi-im-new-to-ps3-and-got-a-probblem/td-p/10566580

So putting subcategories in separate folders might be a solution for you. Or just splitting the big folder into two folders A and B just for testing if you want to try something quick.