Air video - Mac on sleep solution?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by kaelell, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. kaelell macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    Im liking Airvideo, and was particular interested in using the steam over the internet to an external location feature. The problem I experience however is that my Mac when it sleeps, Airvideo no longer broadcasts. I could use something like caffeine and stop it from sleeping alltogether but then theres the question of security and I rather not have anyone able to get onto my Mac whilst im out. How do other people deal with this? Can I somehow set it up so it still broadcasts but not have the mac actively logged in?
     
  2. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    Its a good suggestion to the development for this app to allow it to be a system service rather than locked to a user and running application. The issue one runs into when running the service is permissions for your media.

    If you put all your media into a globally-readable shared drive or in the "Shared" folder in the /Users/Shared directory then it should work.

    I suspect they didn't do this because it relies on a significant change in many people's media habits which includes keeping stuff in their directory. Most people I know who have a media server have an accessible shared drive, but that isn't the average person.

    Its worth submitting a feature request to them. You can still have your account go to sleep and use the 'wake on lan activity' feature which I believe should wake up the computer when needed.
     
  3. kaelell thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for your post, most insightfull. Ill give the suggestion a try.
     
  4. JAWWC macrumors regular

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    AirVideo stops my mac from sleeping if "wake on network activity" is turn on. The only solution i have found is closing AirVideo and putting it to sleep. Then use a wol app, then use LogMeIn to open the AirVideo server (all other remote desktop apps won't let my mac sleep like AirVideo). Then When I'm done watching a video I have to go back to logmein and close the server so my mac can sleep.

    Its a very annoying process and I'm hoping AirVideo devs get it sorted soon so my mac can sleep and just use a WOL app.
     
  5. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    Just curious, is your computer in a physically insecure place? What's the concern with leaving it awake and on with the screensaver on? I understand the general use of wishing the system functioned in a reasonable manner (and keeping it awake seems a stretch as the WOL functions 'should' work). I guess the AirVideo must keep activating the network with some polling to the access code servers for remote access and that's why it won't stay asleep.

    Post back if/when you have a solution. :)
     
  6. flipangle macrumors regular

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    I had this same problem a while back. What you need is a Wake-on-Lan app for iPad. The one I found that worked was RemoteTap. It is the only remote desktop application I know that has built in WOL abilities.
     
  7. JAWWC macrumors regular

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    Does AirVideo server let your Mac sleep while running? Or are you on a pc?
     

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