Airport Express/Apple TV + Ethernet Hard Drive

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  1. hollerz macrumors 6502a

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  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If you plug that drive into an ethernet port on the back of the router, any computer should be able to mount it and copy files to/from it. It'd be the same as if you plugged a regular USB external drive into the back of the new Airport Extreme.

    I'm confused about what you're asking about the Apple TV. As I understand it, if you plugged the Buffalo NAS into the ethernet port of the Apple TV, nothing would happen. It wouldn't expand the storage available to the Apple TV, and the Apple TV wouldn't be able to see any content on it.
     
  3. smartin684 macrumors newbie

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    Dont go with a NAS drive

    I dont think you need to pay the extra expense for a NAS storage drive. Just get an external drive (high RPM model) and attach that to the Extreme. Your iTV should be able to see it, as well as other computers on the network. Airport Extreme esentially takes the place of the NAS enclosure. With the money you save, you can get a larger storage drive.
     
  4. hollerz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Basically I want Apple TV to stream video from the hard drive on my MBP and from an external hard drive. If I get that drive and then plug it into a port on my router, would Apple TV be able to read content off it?



    I thought about getting the Extreme and a USB hard drive, but I need the AirTunes feature of the Airport Express.
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    From what I've read, a computer running iTunes needs to push content to the Apple TV -- the Apple TV itself can't go out on your network and find content that you've saved out there for it.
     
  6. hollerz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ahh i see. so basically it would work as long as the files are in itunes, but they can still be stored on the external hard drive?
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Yeah, you can setup iTunes so that your library is on an external drive. I've never used a NAS drive like the one you linked to above, but I have put my iTunes library on an external drive attached via USB with no problems.
     
  8. hollerz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sounds good. thanks for your help!

    although I'd like to have iTunes manage my music as it is now (on my internal hard drive), but manage my videos/TV shows manually on my external hard drive. as far as i can see, i can't have iTunes do that?
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If you hold the shift key down when you launch iTunes, I think it'll ask you which library you want to connect to.

    I don't think you'll have a problem keeping a library on your computer, and then keeping another library on your external drive, although you'll only be able to manage one of them at a time. If that makes any sense. :confused: :D
     
  10. grockk macrumors 6502

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    you can have two seperate library files. My older brother has like 10 library files for all the different kinds of content he has managed in different locations.

    Set one file for you music managed on internal and one file for video managed on external. I think there are even a couple applescripts that switch for you.
     
  11. grockk macrumors 6502

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    beat me to it. ok then for another idea is that you could have a virtual machine set up to with iTunes running and managing the video on the external at the same time as your normal iTunes library.
     
  12. hollerz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the tip, I created another library (which I didn't know you could do!) but as far as I can tell you can only have one library open at a time?

    That seems pretty useless to me lol, I'd have to manually switch to my video library every time I wanted to watch a video on Apple TV.

    I guess I'll have wait and see what happens with iTV in the future
     
  13. sblasl macrumors 6502a

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    New products from Buffalo - LinkStation/TerraStation Live

    Check out these new products from Buffalo. They are called the LinkStation/TerraStation Live.

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  14. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Yeah, that is kinda cumbersome.

    I don't know if it'd help any with how you'd use it, but you can also push content to the :apple: TV's 40gb drive from your video library to be watched at a later time, so you're not totally stuck with having to stream it "live" from your computer.
     
  15. hollerz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Storing video on Apple TV itself probably wouldn't work for me, I usually don't know which episode or whatever I'm gonna watch before I've sat down.

    I think the easiest way is just gonna be to get an ethernet HDD, and store all my music and videos on that, and just keep a few of my favorite albums on the MBP for when I'm on the go.

    That should work allright for me!

    Thanks a lot for your help!!
     

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