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Won't play videos and Library updates slowly

I have a DMA2100 and am having trouble setting it up properly to work with a storage device - Netgear ReadyNAS Duo. I store my videos, pictures and music on this device and have tried configuring in several different ways. I can get the DMA 2100 to work sometimes. It appears to connect properly to my HP Vista laptop but I experience some of the setup and symptoms below: 1) Router - DLINK DIR655 2) Linksys DMA2100 - connected to the network via ethernet 3) HP 8510p Laptop Vista Ultimate (SP2) - connected to the network via wireless 4) Netgear ReadyNAS Duo - connected to the network via ethernet 5) Playing videos from DMA2100 - I select the movie from my library (stored on ReadyNAS Duo) - I get the following error no matter how many times I try to play it. ?Cannot Play Video? The file type is not recognized and cannot be played. Either the correct codec blahblahblah? ? - I then go to my Vista laptop, select the same movie and let it play it at least a few seconds, stop and close it. - I go back and select the same movie on my media extender and it will suddenly work! - Its almost as if it needs to be preloaded on the Vista machine first. This seems an unnecessary step to watch movies on my extender and am trying to figure out why this is happening. 6) Getting DMA2100 to update Library is excessively long if at all. I suspect that I have an improper setup at the storage device or the Vista Laptop Any ideas???? Your help is appreciated.

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I doubt very much that a change to an "N" router would help unless you are using the max bandwidth or have a low signal on the recieving end of the "G" router.

I have a windows home server that streams to 6 devices in the house. It used to be a "G" devicee and i never had issues except when large amounts of internet traffic were happening and then it was not sync issues like you have but small blocks of LAG.

Steaming media via wirelss is not really reccomended and a WIRED connection is much prefered.

your sysnc issues are more likely to be the computer or device that is feeding the media.
I suspect a probable CODEC issue especially if they are MKV files that have this type of problem irrespective of overall speed.

Your media extender may also pay a large part in the issue too.
I use an MVIX ULTIO and a PATRIOT BOX OFFICE as two of my media players without any problem

I did extensive research to find a cheap but suitable player and western digital and linksys were almost at the bottom of my list due to player issues with file formats.

Most of these devices are capable of firmware upgrades and i think you may be better looking at that aspect first off before spending money on a new router.

From there you may want to take a hard look at cable to the box.
Some of the larger players in the extender/player market use a short sighted approach with limited playlist for formats etc.

If it is only one type of file that causes the issue consider installing a simple media transcoder software at the source that would convert on the fly to a more suitable format

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