I'm new to the forum, but have been using LibreElec and Kodi for a year or two and love it. I have LibreElec on two different Pi3 boxes, and also run Kodi as an Android app on two tablets. I use those four devices to access my audio and video files that are housed on a USB drive attached to my Asus RT-AC56U router as an NAS via an SMB share. The tablets are running Kodi 17.5 and work perfectly with this setup. The two Pi3 boxes running LibreElec can not connect to the share if I update past LibreElec 8.0.2/Kodi 17.3. When 17.4 came out a while ago and I saw that the tablets had updated to it, I upated to the two Pi boxes manually and went through hell; they would NOT connect to the share. Messages appeared telling me the media files were missing and asking if I wanted to remove them from the library. I tried everything; removing and adding back the smb share path, passwords, and anything I could think of, but nothing worked. Restoring previous backups only rolled back my library to earlier states, so I manually installed an older version of LibreElec and Kodi 17.3, and got my functionality back. At the time, I read a bunch of posts and blogs about smb difficulties in that build of Kodi/LibreElec, so I figured I'd just wait until the next release. Well, 8.2/17.5 is here, and I just went through the same headache, ending with a reinstall of 8.0.2/17.3. I tried the different smb client settings in this new version of Kodi, but none of them worked (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, "none"). I can "browse" to the share, but it won't connect and won't accept my password. I know the password is right because I checked it on the tablets which work fine. AND.. it's the same password, username, and path I use when rolled back to 8.0.2/17.3.
Any ideas what's causing this, and why my tablets don't have any trouble seeing the smb share using Kodi 17.4 and now 17.5?
Thanks in advance for any help. This is driving me crazy..