I've been using various media players, plug ins, streamers and DLNA with my iPad, of which most work in one way shape or form but GoodPlayer now supports SMB/CiFs browsing and streaming so for 1.99 you can now browse your LAN and simply tap and download direct to your iPad or stream direct from your network shares all of your video with a single app!

Now I just browse the LAN and download the media file of my choice including avi mkv and countless others to my iPad and I'm away.

If you haven't already found this app I would recommend it. GoodPlayer....