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IBAPPLENERD
Jan 24, 2011, 03:18 PM
I just need someone to double check my logic on this one. What I am wanting to do is get a 4 TB networked Hard Drive to use as a mini server for my house. The goal will eventually be to have a centralized photo and video library that all MacBooks in my home can access. Additionally, I want to store all of the movies that we collectively have on the hard drive while keeping the music on each individual person's laptop (I already Know how to split the libraires). My big question is whether or not I will be able to effectively stream movies from the networked hard drive connected to a WNR 1000 netgear router at 150 mbps to itunes on a computer and then to the Apple TV or if that will cause my network to cripple itself. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.



paduck
Jan 24, 2011, 03:24 PM
I just need someone to double check my logic on this one. What I am wanting to do is get a 4 TB networked Hard Drive to use as a mini server for my house. The goal will eventually be to have a centralized photo and video library that all MacBooks in my home can access. Additionally, I want to store all of the movies that we collectively have on the hard drive while keeping the music on each individual person's laptop (I already Know how to split the libraires). My big question is whether or not I will be able to effectively stream movies from the networked hard drive connected to a WNR 1000 netgear router at 150 mbps to itunes on a computer and then to the Apple TV or if that will cause my network to cripple itself. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

you should be fine. The speed limiter is going to be the 100Mbps of the AppleTV. Your computer should pick up up the library plenty fast from the NAS and shuffle it back out to the AppleTV. You might be better setting that 4TB drive (assuming it's some RAID box, since there is no 4TB single drive right now) and plug it into a Mac Mini or something to push the data to everyone. Also, what sort of backup do you have? Wouldn't want that big drive to fail and with it all your data!

dherrick
Jan 25, 2011, 12:44 AM
I currently use a MacBook Pro and MyBook World Edition II 1.5TB that's nearly full of files. The Home Sharing feature should work with individual iTunes libraries on different computers. Streaming movie files works well even across airport. The initial scan for files takes a bit, but after that it's pretty smooth and I haven't seen any glitches while running from an Airport Time Capsule that's downstairs.

IBAPPLENERD
Jan 25, 2011, 12:48 AM
Thanks guys I went ahead and purchased three TB worth of network storage and I'll get it all set up some other day. It's good to hear that the network speed won't be a factor I was worried that it wouldn't be possible to move that much info at a time. Thanks for the help ;)
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