Sam, further to your remark about the ‘barrel connector’ - which I understand you to mean the power pin of the Vero power supply - I’m not sure of the relevance.
To summarize the way I connected the Vero on the second attempt to set it up - the day it reused to boot - the sequence went like this:
Connect network cable to Vero.
Connect HDMI cable to Vero and TV.
(USB hard drive dock already holds 1TB SATA drive).
Connect USB hard drive dock (switched off) to Vero.
Switch on USB hard drive dock (it has its own power supply).
Connect the Vero power adapter to the mains.
Plug the ‘barrel connector?’ (Vero adapter power pin) into the Vero.
Switch on the mains power socket.
From that moment on, the Vero has only ever displayed a red light.
Regarding the USB dock: Correct me if I’m wrong, but you seem to be implying that connecting this device to the Vero is a possible cause of the Vero’s failure.
I’d like to remind you of several of the many emails that passed between in early February 2018 regarding my requirements, and what you said in reply.
On 7Feb18 I said, in response to your question about why I hadn’t completed the website purchase, ‘Reason I haven’t proceeded with the purchase is that I have one concern about the Vero’s ability to do something I need, but I can’t find anyone to answer my question.’
Later on 7Feb18 you replied, ‘What would you like to know about the device?’
On 8Feb18, I replied, in part,
'…I’m not into streaming, although I’d probably try it if I had a suitable player.
Mostly, I download movies and TV shows, then watch them on my lounge TV.
All I want to do at the moment is:
- Plug the player into my TV via HDMI
- Connect the player to a USB dock that sits alongside the player. It holds a 2TB HDD.
- Connect the player to my home network by cable.
- From my W7 Ultimate 64bit be able to see, and upload\delete files to and from, the docked 2TB HDD.
On 9Feb18 you replied,
'1. Yes – there’s an HDMI connector
2. Yes. It will read most formats of drives: exFAT, NTFS, FAT32 (not recommended); ext4. If you swap the drive in to other machines regularly, exFAT is your best bet.
3. Yes – we recommend using an Ethernet cable over WiFi because it’s less subject to environmental interference.
4. Yes – however on receiving the device, you’d need to go to My OSMC -> App Store and install the Samba Server. This can all be done from the remote. Windows will then be able to see any attached USB drives, SD cards as well as the internal storage itself.
Your response to item #2 above was obviously affirmative, and said nothing about any possible risks associated with connecting a USB dock. As I’ve said, my 7-year old WDTVLive has had that same dock, or several other models, connected to it since it was new, and it has never faltered during that time.
I can only conclude that either the Vero 4K is not suitable for connection to a powered USB dock, or that the device you sent me is a lemon.
You’ve said that I should return the device to you ‘so that it can be assessed’.
This isn’t a good idea. Apart from the matter of the device’s possible general unsuitability for its purpose, and the considerable delay before I receive a replacement, and the liklihood that you’ll expect me to pay a not inconsiderable postage charge to return this faulty item, I’m not now convinced that the Vero will do the job for me.
However, I might be willing to try again, given the following:
I send the device to your reseller in Timaru to confirm that it is unusable, after which you either send me a replacement or have NiceGear do this. Or, refund the purchase price of the Vero*. As you said in one of your previous emails, ‘With our 14 day money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose.’
I hope this is so, Sam.
*As I said, I’ll keep the USB3 hub that I purchased along with the Vero and write off the cost to experience.