What to do with extra Mac Mini's?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GJ 545i, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. GJ 545i macrumors newbie

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    I'll be upgrading/replacing a couple Mac mini's in my house (getting a Macbook and a mac pro) soon and will have a couple extra Mac Mini's sitting around. Any thoughts/ideas as to what these could be used for within my home network or home entertainment system?
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    you can use one as an :apple:TV; connect it to the TV, get a BT KB+M, and set it to stream from other computers.
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Well, you could always have hook it up to your TV and use it like an Apple TV.

    ...Or it could be curing cancer. Link.
     
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    Retrospect backup server
    Database server
    iTunes Uber-jukebox
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I say an iTunes JukeBox together with an Airport Express (I use a B/W G3 for this and it works great).

    Just get rid of them. Macs can pile up easily, in case you weren't aware, I still have a number of Macs (ranging from old to very old) lying around and nowadays there is no way I can sell them.

    To sell them off do it quickly before they are obsolete and are not worth the trouble to sell.
     
  7. After G macrumors 68000

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    Could I have a mini for free if they're just going to lay around? :D
    My poor iBook and eMac died recently out of warranty and I'm down to one Mac. :eek: :(

    But ... here's some ideas to make a mini useful:

    Entertainment center:
    You could get the Apple DVI to Video adapter for $19 and hook it up to your older TV that way. Transfer videos over the network and you can watch iTunes stuff and downloaded video.

    With a newer TV, it should probably have a DVI or VGA port you can use to do the same thing without spending the $19.

    You can also get an EyeTV or something and record shows, like a DVR. And make it run Front Row on startup. I wonder if all Macs will get the :apple:TV software...?

    Network:
    Use it as a wireless access point. Or have it serve as network storage by attaching a bundle of external HDs on it. You could even have a personal web server.
     
  8. netdog macrumors 603

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    Yup, media servers for music and video. Fantastic use for these little boxes.

    Actually, I would use the second one as a file server or even a web server if you have a fixed IP.
     
  9. GJ 545i thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I like the media server concept but is there a way to automatically transfer/sync media from another Mac (similar to the AppleTV? Would I still need to use the keyboard for any functionality or could everything be accomplished via the Apple remote?
     
  10. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Well, as everyone said you can hook one up to your TV for a media center, which is probably the best use.

    Or, you could install one in your car. You achieve one of my long time goals - install a computer in the bathroom! You could use one as a backup file server, setting other computers to auto-sync a particular folder(s) to it on a regular basis. You could donate it to charity.

    Other than that you can, of course, always sell them.
     

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