Hey all !
So I need yor help to understand something.
My setup is the following:
- A Fritz!Box 4040 router (firmware / OS version 7.14) and two usb hard disk drives plugged on it. I use these two hard drives as SMB sources for my video / movie files.
- A Mini M8s II TV box with CoreElec setup to access / view these two SMB sources.
- A Windows 10 PC with KODI that also has access to these SMB shares.
My current setup worked fine. BUT:
Yesterday I tried a new beta firmware (7.24) for my Fritz 4040 router. After the update, my CoreElec TV Box has issues with the SMB shares. When I start playing a movie, it stops after a few seconds, KODI seems to hang and after ~1 minute it brings me to the main KODI menu.
My Windows 10 PC KODI has no such issues.
When I revert my Fritz 4040’s firmware to the current stable / official one (7.14), the issue is fixed ! I can -again- play my SMB shared movies without problems on my TV Box.
What worries my is that this beta firmware is just weeks from being released as stable. So I’m trying to see what happens, so that I will not be disappointed when I update my router in the future. I would also like to send feedback to the router’s devs so that no one will have issues when the new firmware is released as stable.
Now, I don’t know if this helps but here is some info that might be related to the issue. If this info does have to do with the issue, I’m just not sure how to connect the dots to understand what exactly is happenning here, and that’s where I need your help.
The new beta firmware for my Fritz 4040 router (7.2X) has a changelog which among other release notes states the following:
“Do you use USB storage media on your FRITZ!Box? FRITZ!OS 7.20 delivers improved performance when using the Windows network drive function for access to data and files. Starting with FRITZ!OS 7.20, FRITZ!Box also supports the SMB v2 and v3 file-sharing protocols.”
So the way I see it, my Fritz router’s current (stable firmware 7.14) does NOT support SMB v2 and v3, right? To test that, I went to CoreElec Kodi settings -> services and put minimum SMB to v2 and maximum to SMB v3. And yeap, I started getting errors, saying that my network (something) is not accessible.
So maybe when I install (again) the new (beta or stable 7.2X) firmware on my router I should go and change some settings within CoreElec Kodi ? Should I go to settings-> services and change the minimum SMB version to v2 and the maixmum to v3 ? Not sure. The way I see it, leaving the option to “none” does not exclude v2 and v3, so I shouldn’t have to change those settings (unless I want to change those settings for security reasons, which is a whole different story), right?
Am I doing something wrong with the new beta firmware, is there anything that I should be doing, or maybe the beta firmware has some bugs that affect the SMB sharing?
I would appreciate any feedback on this.
Thanks in advance.