I copied a 4k file to my c: drive and it would not play in VLC like the 1080p file did easily. It would not recognize it as an icon, just a white piece of paper. In Kodi it would not find the 2160p file at all. I was able to add UPnP to KODI to see my shared media. However it did not see the other 2160p file and neither player will see my external hdd
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When trying to add a path with KOdi, it says to add network path of "server". Does that matter if you are not using one? This is for option add Windows SMB.
Now I reinstalled KODI and it will not find my UPnP like it did before.
Do I add it once for server and once for folder. It did not connect with either or.
I was able to get KODI to recognise Windows SMB. I enabled Click on Turn Windows features on or off link.
Expand the SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support option.
Check the SMB 1.0/CIFS Client option.
It said this may take a while and is at 0% for past 10 minutes. My shared drive is 2/8 tb used. So if nothing by morning. At least it sees it!!!!
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Client/server is just terminology here. A server is a device that's making files available. A client is a device that accesses them. Here your desktop PC is acting as a server, the chromecast is acting as a client.
In VLC, make sure you're accessing the files with Browsing -> Local Network.
It sounds like Kodi has been able to access your PC and its shared folder. Then you started adding files to its local database. Its now scanning the files and scrubbing the internet for thumbnails and descriptions. Yes, that can take quite a while when you have lots of files. How well it works can depend on how your files are organized and named.
You should be able to browse and play the files Videos -> Files -> servername -> sharename (equivalent to using Explorer in Windows) even before it's finished building the database.
How well it works can depend on how your files are organized and named.
I don't think it's working. When Kodi is scrubbing it normally shows a status line (unless you disabled it) at the top right of the screen indicating which folder it's working on.
When I first set up a Windows 10 pc as a NAS I had trouble accessing it from some devices older devices. In the end, I had to enable SMB1 on Win10. I don't think that's the issue here since the Chromecast supports SMB 1, 2, and 3. but it's worth a try:
I just reset and setup an old Android TV device I had sitting on a shelf. To access videos in Kodi all I had to do was go to Videos -> Files -> Add Videos. Then manually enter smb://servername/sharename (use your server and share name) and select OK. It asked for a username and password -- use the username and password you use in Windows. After that it allows you to scrub for metadata or not. And then you can access files via Videos -> Files -> sharename. Alternatively, you can add smb://servername only. Then you can select all the shares on that server with Videos -> Files -> servername.
I typed smb://Desktop-Ujvqsun/f
I don't hit ok until after I entered username/pass. It said incorrect parameters. I think you have older version. I am trying to install older version, it wont download the add on for Downloader app to search internet to dl old version on CGTV.
Ok was able to install older version. it loads the same way. Add network/ server address/ server path/ user name/password. I typed 10.0.0.208 in first field, smb...in server path and it said "invalid argument"
Now I am getting error connection timed out I changed my server address to mac address rather than ipv4 address. I can send you a photo of what mine looks like if yours looks different.
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Last edited by forsure; 15th May 2021 at 20:58.
Here's what I get after Videos -> Files -> Add Videos:
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I'm pretty sure after pressing OK on that dialog I get the username/password dialog. It didn't ask here because it remembers the username/password from accessing the server earlier. After pressing OK I get:
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If you leave it at This Directory Contains -- None it will not look for metadata when you press OK (and it will not take long to complete). Then back at Videos -> Files... you get:
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And from there you can browse the share.
These photos were of from the old Android TV device and an old version of Kodi. But the dialogs haven't changed much, if at all.
Ok I added the path from the choice that says windows smb rather than add network, and still got error message. I got error operation not permitted. The path was in selection of add windows (SMB)rather than add network. It was typed as path is in shared folder except for smb:// DESKTOP-UJVQSUN/2160P OR I have used the drive "/f" instead of folder (2160p). It still will not take it. This has been all day headache. not easy at all.
Last edited by forsure; 15th May 2021 at 21:40.
It was easy for me. I was up and running in a few minutes when I first installed the Chromecast. And earlier today it was the same on the old Android TV after resetting it to factory defaults. Of course, I've been using Windows networking for 20+ years.
I recommend you reset your Chromecast to factory defaults and start all over. When you get to the Add Video Source dialog don't browse the network. Just enter smb://servername/sharename string in the big list box (as in my first image), and press OK.
Last edited by jagabo; 15th May 2021 at 22:00.
Now it sees on my network KODI listed in media devices. I was able to see My Movies on UPnP but no shared drives only main c drive. It also would not navigate to the one 2160p file in movies, only 1080p and avi. in UPnP
Last edited by forsure; 16th May 2021 at 00:08.
I was able to access my movies folder and music folder via UPnP. It also saw KODI in network on shared media, but does not find shared drive with UPnP nor does it recognize .mkv or 2160p file in same folder as 1080p and avi. files that it sees through UPnP. Only can see main "c" drive on UPnP. And I am not even sharing that on purpose, the way you said.
I like all the features of KODI, stuff I never thought I was missing in a player. I guess the problem is my wi-fi. It will play and then go into 100 count every 30 seconds or so. I have not tried all moviers. I put refresh on always, and another setting below that in video settings/KODI. Any suggestions for it stopping and starting continuously? Maybe it's bc I am dling big files at the moment on same network? Just thought it stored my movies somewhere in internet heaven.
On my Chromecast I'm running Kodi version 19.0.0, built in Feb. 2021. It was downloaded directly from the official Play Store (it may have updated itself since I originally installed it). The Add Video Source is exactly the same as the image I posted from the older version of Kodi. At least you finally got it working.
Yes, it sounds like your WiFi isn't fast enough for the files you're playing. Even if the average bitrate of the files is ok you may struggle with peaks. One thing you can try is to move the Chromecast farther away from your TV (or other obstructions) with an HDMI extender cable. Try installing and running the Internet Speed Test Fiber Test app. That will tell you what kind of throughput you're getting from the WiFi (unless your internet access is a bottleneck).
AN HDMI Extender or HDMI extension cable? The latter being $5 compared to the former at $100
Last edited by forsure; 16th May 2021 at 09:36.
You were using Kodi 1.8.2? That's something like 15 years old? Version 2.0.0 was released in 2006.
A cheap passive HDMI extension cable like:
But if you're getting 58 Mb/s now you probably don't need it. What's the bitrate of the files that are giving you problems?
The bitrate of the problem's are36.7, 29.8....But like I said I am dling big files at the moment. Those are big soundtrack files. One file at 28.4 did not have any probs.
I got 39 with Chromecast and 58 with pc which is right next to the router upstairs. I bought the cable anyway, it would be good to have it off the tv and 6 ft closer to router.
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It found metadata or web art for all my files except 3. The only difference I can notice is in the object name it is .mkv, for all 3, while the rest don't have an extension. Extensions are not showing and most files are .mkv. I can only rename it to General Tab. Can I rename the object name to grab web art.
For movies that the scrubber didn't identify press and hold the OK button on the movie until the context menu pops up. Select Scan to Library. It will look for similar names. You can also enter a name manually. Find the movie at IMDB.com and try using any alternate names they show there.
Can I take remux/ BDMV files that are some 60-100 mb/s bit rate and reduce the bit rate? These are the only ones available. The only reasonable fix is a faster network I guess?
Would Chromecast hard wired to router work best? Hypothetically if I want to run a wire. It's having trouble with a lot of my 2160p files now.
Nah scratch that I did that a little carpet lifting ran that router into the hall and all the difference in the world. Files are playing smooth and getting 60mbs on chromecast rather than 39
Last edited by forsure; 16th May 2021 at 15:02.
Transport streams have more overhead than MKV files so remuxing them to MKV will reduce the overall bitrate a bit but usually not enough to make a difference in streaming.
It sounds like moving your WiFi router has done the trick. I'm using wired Gigabit Ethernet along with a USB PD hub -- and get about 330 Mb/s.
In case you're interested, I'm using a hub like this:
Along with a power supply like this:
It's important to use a Power Delivery hub because the Chromcast only has one port for power and I/O. The power supply powers the hub, and the hub powers the chromecast (that's what the Power Delivery nomenclature refers to) and provides all the I/O ports.
You could connect your USB hard drive directly to the Chromecast, for example. You might need a more powerful power supply to do that if your drive gets its power from the USB port. 25 watts may not be enough to drive the hub, the chromecast, and the hard drive.
Of course, if you only wanted Ethernet you could buy the adapter from google:
Last edited by jagabo; 16th May 2021 at 20:04.