Access a Time Capsule with an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Noisemaker, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    My main computer is a 27" iMac. It goes off for the night once I finish working, and then I switch to my iPad.

    I have a fairly extensive media library in the range of 500GB, so I'm looking at getting a Time Capsule.

    What I'm wondering is if I'll be able to access my media library on the Time Capsule with my iPad like I would be able to access it via iTunes on my iMac. Is this possible? The Time Capsule page says that it's compatible with iOS devices - is that what it means by it?

    I'd appreciate any info on this!
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    nope u cannot
  3. thread starter Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    Then what's the compatibility with iOS devices entail? Is there some other benefit to an iOS device from it?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010

    Then go under SMB, click your time machine, go into the directory where your videos are.

    This is assuming that your access .mp4, avi's etc in a specific directory, not a iTunes library.
  5. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2012
    Use icloud
  6. macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2006
    Would this work for a NAS drive connected to an Airport Extreme?
  7. urkel, Mar 20, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012

    macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    Here's what it says on the The Time Capsule Site

    I bought a TC thinking it might have a secret iTunes Server built in or some cool iOS feature but it only means it can work as a router for those devices.
  8. macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2005
    There's an app called file browser that you can use to access your external hardrive connected to your airport I use it all the time to stream video and music from my 3 TB HD
  9. macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Yes this is one of those things that makes no sense as to why there is no app from apple to leverage Time Capsule and iOS.
    I would love to be able to access files from my Time capsule via my iPad and I don't care about music or movie files but docs and stuff.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2006
    Thank you, will go check it out now.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2011
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    If you store your iTunes Media on your Time Capsule, as you would on any external hard drive, you could then set up Home Sharing in iTunes, and on your iPad. As long as you are home, you would then have access to videos/movies.
    I suggest this because all my iTunes "stuff" is stored on an ext. dr. I would think the same would apply using the TC.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2006
    Thank you so much johnparjr. File Browser works really well, exactly what I was looking for.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    I want to thank you as well, that is a great app. Works with all internal and external drives as well, not just Time Capsule.
  15. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    So using this file browser app

    I can have a regular external drive connected to my AirPort Extreme & be able to stream it on my ipad? Mkv or avi ?

    And then AirPlay it to my Apple TV ?

    Does the pc need to be on ?
  16. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    Have a look at Western Digital's MyBook drives.
    The network ones will work with time machine and they have an iTunes server built in. The Duo model can mirror the two drives for extra safety. Look out for specials and you can get the 2x2TB model for about the same price as Apple's Time Capsule.

    Edit:plus and the point they have iOS app to access any content.
  17. macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2005
    Yes filebrowser will stream your content directly from your hardrive on your airport and the computer has nothing to do with it so off/on it doesn't matter.
  18. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Can it play mkv videos ?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2012
    Yes but if you use this third application, you can not use AirPlay feature in iTunes.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Could move your iTunes library to the time capsule, point iTunes to use the iTunes library file from there, and then your iPad could still interact with iTunes on your computer with iTunes being the middle man between the time capsule and iPad.
  21. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    File Browser only plays iTunes compatible media, so no. There are other apps that stream mkv and other video formats to iOS devices, but you need a computer on that's running their server programs.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
    How to store files and iTunes media for streaming on your personal network or nor

    The best alternative on the market is POGO. This is an external hard drive that can be connected to your time capsule and allow you to download all your important files and media files that can be streamed from your personal network or it can be accessed from on the road via the Pogo App. It's only $59.99 at Best But and works great.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    Hi, I am also looking to access my time capsule over my ipad, and apparently filebrowser is what I need. But since there is no trial and I have to buy it to check it out, I would like to know if I am going to be able to:

    - Stream movies to my apple tv through my ipad using airplay
    - Access the files remotely (as you can do with macs) - if not, is there another app I can use?

    Thank you!
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    This one seems to be a trial of some sort.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    Great yeah it works great!

    Now, does anybody know any program I can use to access my time capsule remotely with my ipad, like I do with my mac?


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