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uva25
Feb 20, 2008, 04:11 PM
I am interested in using the Time Capsule as a NAS device for my Apple TV as well as my Sonos music. I would also like it to store all other files that would be used by a PC and an IMac. Please describe how you anticipate the hookups to work. I now have a firewire external drive connected to my PC for streaming of media. Will I simply hook the Time Capsule up to my 1 Gig router/switch? Will this make the streaming to my Apple TV faster or slower? I am new to the whole NAS device thing so sorry if this is a basic question. Thanks.



sblasl
Feb 20, 2008, 06:56 PM
I would be interested in other folk's thoughts as well. I'm planning on purchasing a Time Capsule for all things Apple:apple:.

I am interested in using the Time Capsule as a NAS device for my Apple TV as well as my Sonos music. I would also like it to store all other files that would be used by a PC and an IMac. Please describe how you anticipate the hookups to work. I now have a firewire external drive connected to my PC for streaming of media. Will I simply hook the Time Capsule up to my 1 Gig router/switch? Will this make the streaming to my Apple TV faster or slower? I am new to the whole NAS device thing so sorry if this is a basic question. Thanks.

LouTreize
Feb 20, 2008, 07:33 PM
I've been hoping the same. From what i read off different sites, it's compatible with Windows. So that alone would give me a little hope. Anyone wanna chime in?

JimmyDreams
Feb 21, 2008, 01:55 AM
I'm planning on replacing my AEBS with a 1T Time Capsule. I'll use the wireless TC for my Time Machine backups, as well as mass-storage for my audio/video files.

I'll link my audio/video files on the TC through iTunes so I can play them on my iMac and also stream the audio/video files to my :apple:TV.

Hopefully, all wireless, all seamless and automatic.:D

uva25
Feb 21, 2008, 07:28 AM
I'm planning on replacing my AEBS with a 1T Time Capsule. I'll use the wireless TC for my Time Machine backups, as well as mass-storage for my audio/video files.

I'll link my audio/video files on the TC through iTunes so I can play them on my iMac and also stream the audio/video files to my :apple:TV.

Hopefully, all wireless, all seamless and automatic.:D
I'm not a big wireless fan so I am hoping to just connect it to my network. How will you accomplish using it as both storage and backup? Do you partition it?

whooleytoo
Feb 21, 2008, 08:20 AM
I'm not a big wireless fan so I am hoping to just connect it to my network. How will you accomplish using it as both storage and backup? Do you partition it?

I wouldn't have thought you'd need to partition it - both Time Machine and you (through the Finder) and use the same partition.

I'm curious too how it might work as home media server. 1Gb Ethernet should be considerably faster than even 802.11n wireless. I don't know how well HD movie streaming would work over 802.11n, has anyone tried it?

ascender
Feb 21, 2008, 08:37 AM
There's a lot of conflicting info about the TC, so I think it might be worth waiting until its released. In the last couple of days people have been told by Apple that you won't be able to partition it and if you use it for Time Machine, you won't be able to use it as a NAS.

LouTreize
Feb 21, 2008, 10:10 AM
My thoughts exactly. So in the end we're forced to do it manually ourselves. Ahh, boooo! :p

There's a lot of conflicting info about the TC, so I think it might be worth waiting until its released. In the last couple of days people have been told by Apple that you won't be able to partition it and if you use it for Time Machine, you won't be able to use it as a NAS.

uva25
Feb 21, 2008, 12:19 PM
My thoughts exactly. So in the end we're forced to do it manually ourselves. Ahh, boooo! :p
I currently have a 1TB firewire drive backing up my IMac and another external drive so I assume I will have the option to just have it now backup my Time Machine and IMac internal drive?

JimmyDreams
Feb 21, 2008, 02:05 PM
I wouldn't have thought you'd need to partition it - both Time Machine and you (through the Finder) and use the same partition.

I'm curious too how it might work as home media server. 1Gb Ethernet should be considerably faster than even 802.11n wireless. I don't know how well HD movie streaming would work over 802.11n, has anyone tried it?

I haven't tried streaming an HD movie yet. iTunes only lets you rent the HD ones, and (if I'm not mistaken) only from an :apple:TV....you can't rent HD from your computer.

Having said that, I WILL say that my DL is very slow. I'm upgrading to a much faster cable modem this afternoon. My DSL is so slow that if one person is surfing the net, the other person REALLY sees the degradation in speed. I'm 99% sure this isn't the wireless....it's the DSL line. After today, I'll be able to test a fast connection, streaming a SD movie from my iMac to my :apple:TV AND try surfing from my laptop to see how everything goes.

I'm guessing HD content will use a lot of bandwidth for the wireless.....but I'd rather take a hit on performance and have everything wireless than have cables all over the place.:D