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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 9:46:53 AM PDT
Paul says:
I have no problem watching Amazon movies or archived TV network shows on my Kindle Fire but I have had no success finding the correct apps that will let me watch the gigabites of home videos I have stored on a flash drive that is plugged into my LAN router. I can watch these video on my desktop and laptop over my wifi network using a VLC media player. But a network app I bought for the Fire only lets me see the directories and the avi, mp4 and wmv files stored on the router. I haven't been able to find a player that will stream these media files via my network to my Fire screen. I am not trying to plug the memory into the Fire. I am trying to stream video over my wireless network from media stored on the router. My router allows me to plug a USB drive into it that can be shared with all devices on the network. FYI - I have been able to access this media drive using a PlayOn server running on my PC. The web page shows how to access its server from the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 10:19:07 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Paul, is that drive exported as NAS device, preferably using SMB protocol (rather than, say, NFS)? I don't know are there apps that will allow you to mount the share on Fire (without rooting, anyway), but there are many useful to copy content from there to local Kindle storage. Search app store for "file explorer" or similar.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:33:17 AM PDT
Paul says:
Thanks for the quick reply Dragi. I did download File Expert which showed me all the files in the drive connected to my router but clicking on a media file doesn't activate any of the many players I also downloaded to the Kindle. Now that I have successfully used the service that I had loaded on my PC, I can play just about every media file I have stored along with all sorts of internet media. PlayOn certainly increases the value of my Kindle. I think I'll now stick with the PlayOn service since it works so well on Kindle. Thanks so much for your reply.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:37:57 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Skifta this is what I use to watch videos from my PC to my Android devices. Works great. They have a program to download to your PC. Does not really use many resources like Playon does. For Linux I use this app with a Mediatomb server.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 1:09:51 PM PDT
art says:
If your router support DLNA streaming, try skifta (free).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 3:45:46 PM PDT
Paul says:
Hi Art, I had tried Skifta before but the DLNA link from my Netgear 3700 never showed up. A search found that some people had problems which required some fixes after which my media showed up on Skifta directly rather than through PlayOn. However, when my video starts to play in Skifta I get video noise for a second and the Kindle shuts down to reboot. Most of my movies are .avi and home video is wmv so format may be the problem. PlayOn plays those. Any suggestions.
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