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geoluv
Mar 11, 2013, 10:18 PM
I was just gifted an iPad 2. I also have an iPhone 4S. I want to acces my network storage on my home network when I am at home.

My setup is a solid 7mb cable connection, linksys e4200 v1 router, with a WD mybook essential 600 gig hard drive hooked up to the router in the USB port.

What I want are recommendations on two types of apps; one for uploading and downloading from the network drive and also making/deleting folders, renaming stuff ect. The other is a solid media managing app for streaming videos ect from the network drive. Preferably one that can transcode non-mov files on the fly and "throw" the video to my Apple TV? Preferably in the background while multitasking:)?

The e4200 v1 router is pretty robust. Solid dual n band signal, it can def handle streaming high def. samba, upnp, dlna compliant. Also has FTP option.

Also something I noticed in my studies is that the v1 is coveted because it has a Broadcom chipset so it can run wrt or tomato firmware. Any cool tricks I can pull with aftermarket firmware?



Menneisyys2
Mar 12, 2013, 04:58 AM
samba, upnp, dlna compliant

Then, should you want to play back hi-res MOV files, you'll want a player offering HW decoding over streaming.

For SMB, I recommend eXPlayer (HD / Pro) or PlayerXtreme (see http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1503989 ); for UPnP, 8player, GoodPlayer and BUZZ Player. (See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1503346 for mor einfo).

geoluv
Mar 13, 2013, 10:38 AM
I turned on the FTP option and played around with it. It seems like files buffer faster over FTP.

Since my router storage option can do upnp, FTP, and smb, basically all the protocols one could ever need, do you have a suggestion for a media player that's better than all the others? I can use any one I want 'cause like I said my router does all protocols. Feature so I want are ac3 audio, hd playback, background airplay, and I also would like album art cause I noticed some of them don't do album art.

Did you ever do a roundup of media players with FTP streaming?

Menneisyys2
Mar 13, 2013, 01:13 PM
I turned on the FTP option and played around with it. It seems like files buffer faster over FTP.

Since my router storage option can do upnp, FTP, and smb, basically all the protocols one could ever need, do you have a suggestion for a media player that's better than all the others? I can use any one I want 'cause like I said my router does all protocols. Feature so I want are ac3 audio, hd playback, background airplay, and I also would like album art cause I noticed some of them don't do album art.

FTP + AC3? Then, your only choice is AVPlayerHD, unless you jailbreak and use XBMC.

Did you ever do a roundup of media players with FTP streaming?

Some time will publish one. Dunno when.

geoluv
Mar 13, 2013, 09:21 PM
I don't care if its FTP or smb or upnp, just want the best, most versatile media player.

Seems like I'm going to be deciding between avplayerHD or mplayer.

Menneisyys2
Mar 14, 2013, 04:04 AM
I don't care if its FTP or smb or upnp, just want the best, most versatile media player.

Seems like I'm going to be deciding between avplayerHD or mplayer.

Yup, the two are pretty comparable, feature- and quality-wise, on a non-Retina device like an iPad 2. Streaming-wise, AV for FTP and mPlayer for SMB.

geoluv
Mar 14, 2013, 06:07 PM
What if I want something with more muscle for when I eventually upgrade to an a6 device?

Menneisyys2
Mar 15, 2013, 06:49 AM
What if I want something with more muscle for when I eventually upgrade to an a6 device?

It's about 2 times faster at software decoding, meaning a lot of 1080p H.264 videos become playable.

However, the battery life will still be atrocious when using S/W decoding (see my tests for some real figures if interested).