Apple TV 2 and NAS drive...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by monaarts, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. monaarts macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2010
    Kennesaw, GA
    Hey guys,

    I know that there have been alot of threads about this but no one has ever verified whether they have done it or not…

    I am considering purchasing a MacBook Air but I have an iTunes library with 10 GB in music and 150GB in movies, so this library wouldn't work on a MBA for long. So I am considering purchasing a 2TB NAS drive and storing my movies on it, but storing my music on my laptop (I listen to music while at school but never watch movies).

    I have a dual band N router, so my AppleTV and Macbook will be hooked up to a 5GHz connection while everything else is 2.4GHz. Has anyone attempted to play videos stored on a NAS to the iTunes on their Mac to the AppleTV?? If so, how well did it work (or not work)?

    Thanks guys!

    - Joe
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    It works.

    The Apple TV will only connect to your MBA, not directly to the NAS - so you'll be streaming from the NAS to the MBA to the ATV. There could be a performance hit, but if you're running on a N network you might be just fine.
  3. monaarts thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2010
    Kennesaw, GA
    I know that it will go from NAS > itunes > Apple TV but I wasn't sure about the performance before I went out and spent $200 or so on a NAS drive. I think the dual band router will work to my advantage as well, hopefully anyways! lol

    Does anyone have actual experience with a setup such as this? Thanks!

    - Joe
  4. Treycal macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2011
    Not completely analagous to your situation, but we have a MacBook Pro w/ our iTunes library (approx. 150 GB) stored on our 2 TB Time Capsule. All parts of our wireless network utilize the 5 GHz band on the internal router of the Time Capsule. Our ATV2 has no performance issues wirelessly streaming content from the iTunes library via the MacBook.

    The only issue that we have encountered is iTunes (and by proxy our ATV2) occasionally "loses" the library on the Time Capsule. One way we have found to solve this issue is to make sure the Time Capsule is "connected" to our MacBook prior to starting up iTunes.


  5. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    You can consider an external hard drive and use it for time machine as well :D
  6. DrEnalg macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    East Bay, CA
    I have a Belkin-N "Play" Router, dual-band. I really wanted a Time Capsule but I had two very large hard drives lying around and I didn't want them to go to waste and I didn't want to spend 200-300 dollars besides. The router has a single USB port but takes a hub. Downside is it requires it's own proprietary software in order to acess the NAS, but it's not a huge deal.

    In short, it seems like I'm getting about 2mb/sec when the router is devoted to NAS activities (read/write), which is a little slow when I'm copying stuff to the drives (most large tasks have to be set up overnight), but actually works fine for movies. I've noticed it takes about 30 seconds longer to queue up a movie then when my movies were stored locally on my Macbook, but it's trivial - and there's no stuttering or buffering during playback - works fine.
  7. Mowgli21 macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    I am using a similar set up at the moment. Apple tv 2, iMac and net gear ready NAS duo and it works fine. Videos stream without buffering. The only difference I noticed was it takes slightly longer to start playing from the time you select your movie on the apple tv to the time it starts playing on the tv set. Other than that a perfect set up. Just wish I didn't have to turn my mac on every time.

    My Internet speed isn't fantastic either so it should work no problems for you. Also my set up is done all wireless. NAS box plugged into router then iMac and apple tv wireless.

    The ready NAS duo is a fairly average NAS box as well so you can get ones with much faster processors.

    Hope this helps.
  8. johngalt? macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2011
    You have to jailbreak your apple TV

    I has a buffalo NAS drive which is streaming directly to my apple tv 2. i had to jailbreak ATV2 using seas0npass then installed XBMC. it works really well over my wireless N network for music and movies stored on the on the NAS, it also allows me to play avi, mkv etc. too!
  9. pjtro2 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2003
    Melbourne, Australia
    I've just jailbroken my ATV2 and considering a NAS to host all my media, I'm not using XBMC, but just the media player that is installed on the main menu. I've managed to stream videos from my iMac successfully, but wondering if the NAS will work in an identical way if I just connect to it with AFP? (I'm a complete NAS noob) - I'm particularly interested in streaming mkv files and ive had conflicting reports about the NAS actually transcoding or if the ATV itself does it?

    Any help appreciated!

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