DLNA issue: Media Server error update on Asus RT-N65U (solved)
Nov 4, 2013 under Routers
Quite many peoples asked to get some feedback from our end. Since we do now many other things, we decided to share some of the stuff we experiment.
So, recently we got a problem with a router Asus RT-N65U (same issue is reported on other models, like: DSL-N55U)
The problems started once logged on the rooter (via web interface, usually something like 192.168.1.1) and clicking on the “USB application” (left menu)
There was a link closed to “Media Server” which mentioned that there is a new version and a link to update.
Once clicked the update link, the old version of MediaServer has been uninstalled and the new one started the installation process. Unfortunately the process stopped with an error, like “Failed to upgrade the application. This may be caused by an incorrect file or an error in transmission.” Retrying after that, ended with other error like “Enable Error”.
So, here is the solution (we don’t guarantee that will work for anybody, worked for us, so use at your own risk)
- You need to manually update the Firmware for your asus router (i used to have version 188.8.131.52.372 which using the Administration -> Firmware Upgrade -> “Check button” is mentioned being the latest version (which is wrong).
Go to RTN65U support page (search for your router model in case is different), select Other for instance and then download ASUS RT-N65U Firmware version 184.108.40.206.374.1317
- Clean the old directory from the router where such MediaCenter files are kept. Be careful, if you use other services too (like Download Master). The simplest way is to connect over samba (so go to \your-router-ip using TotalCommander or even Windows Explorer) and rename the directory asusware to any other name.
- Optionally, you can also delete the files like .___var.txt, .__admin_var.txt .. (from root directory), will be recreated later on.
- Now unmount the USB HDD. Using your web interface which is connected to the rooter, go to Network Map, then click the USB device (may be called “Generic External” and then at “Safely Remove disk” press “Remove”.
- Once previous step is finished, just remove and connect again your external HDD on the USB port of the router. The process to mount the hdd will start.
- Now, go to the web interface of your router and follow the normal steps: USB Application -> Media Center (Install) and worked just fine.
A Media Server can help you share your content using DLNA. Many peoples are using such application for their TV's. For Samsung TV's, phones, tablets a new version of Samsung AllShare has been recently released, called Samsung Link
You can optionally use another firmware for a Media Server working for ASUS RT-N56U/RT-N65U which is really nice.