Many "network media players" use a protocol called UPNP (universal plug 'n play?).
See this article for references to media players that might work: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1182472?start=0&tstart=0
I feel that I am admitting to a particularly deviant activity, but I got myself an Iomega ScreenPlay DX HD Media Player.
It has quite a few features which I thought might be interesting, ( including Mac operability) but I seem to have run into difficulties with the setup, never mind the operation.
I have succeeded in getting it on-line, must have done something right.
Regaining contact with it having disconnected requires restarting the computer and their ScreenPlay Discovery application fails to find the device.
I had hoped by tracking backwards to find and add the device to my wireless network that I could get to grips with it, but I can only get information on adding computers to the network.
It would appear that I may have to format the HDD for use with Mac, but I have to find it first!
As well as that I do not want to erase the little bit of software that came with it at this early stage.
It looks that it has exposed severe shortcomings in my knowledge of networks, file sharing and the associated permissions.
"Pairing" with Mac was an unfortunate term, I meant using it with Mac.
A suggestion of where to start in studying the basics of adding devices to a network would be welcome.
All in all, I should have got myself an Apple TV device for a fraction of the cost and probably none of the bother! I still might just do that.
In general, to add a device to a network, you need to open some sort of configuration screen, choose the network to be joined, and enter the network password. It's also best to configure the device to use "DHCP" if that's an option.
To determine if the Iomega unit is connecting to your network, launch AirPort Utility, then double-click on your base station on the left to enter "manual setup" mode. Pull down the "Base Station" menu, then select the "Logs and Statistics" item. In the resulting window select the "Wireless Clients" tab. The list you see shows every client connecting to your network. Try to find an entry with a "MAC address" that matches the Iomega unit. (The MAC address may be printed on the case.) For any MAC address you can't identify, you can use this Web page to learn the manufacturer that's assigned that range of MAC addresses.
By the way, this may have nothing to do with your current problem, but if you have "the wireless disabled" on your Netopia unit but didn't also disable its router functions, then you probably have two different devices both acting as a router, which could cause trouble in the future.
Thank you re checking for the MAC address.
It's there alright.
I feel now that I have a start point to move this further,
Re the Netopia with the wireless disabled, you may have provided me with an explanation for the "Default" network which shows up on my available networks. Not too sure what to do about it, if anything. Odd that no modem has ever been singled out for use with the Time Capsule router.
it may be that the "Bridge Mode Off" in my Time Capsule configuration is the reason why I have not been able to set up a proper home network, rather than just having another computer joining my ISP connection. "Network for Dummies" ordered!! I find that this genre of book seem to be written by PhDs for potential PhDs.
Thanks again. I should have got into this while i had more grey cells than I have now. Still, its fun.
Odd that no modem has ever been singled out for use with the Time Capsule router.
Each broadband ISP seems to have its preferred modem.
it may be that the "Bridge Mode Off" in my Time Capsule configuration is the reason why I have not been able to set up a proper home network, rather than just having another computer joining my ISP connection.
It should be possible to configure things the way you have them, but the cleanest configuration might be to turn off the router function of your Netopia unit, so that it functions in "bridge mode". Then you could take the Time Capsule out of bridge mode.