Apple tv NAS expandability

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bphenry, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. bphenry macrumors newbie

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    If I decide to get an Apple tv, can I add expand with a 1tb hard drive and access the hard drive from my network wirelessly on my Macbook, as I would be able to from an airport extreme with a hard drive attached?
     
  2. laidbackliam macrumors 6502

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  3. Diveflo macrumors regular

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    It it just possible if you add the files of your HDD into your MacBook's library, so your MacBook needs to be running the whole time.
     
  4. SMDrew macrumors member

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    I think what you may be looking for is an NAS with iTunes Server capabilities. They're out there, as a pretty popular option too.
     
  5. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    None of them currently allow direct pairing to an AppleTV though.
     
  6. keeper macrumors regular

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    And most will only display music not movie content
     
  7. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

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    For a while there people were putting fairly standard OS X installs on Apple TVs. Something like that may be the direction you want to go. I also recall some people using the Apple TV version of Frontrow on regular OS X installs. The only hang up there may be is getting the device to show up as an Apple TV to iTunes for automatic syncing. I have no idea how that happens so you'd have to look into it.

    Once you have a standard (or at least close to standard) version of OS X going you can setup file sharing for the connected device. Heck, use a hub and you could do multiple shared drives and shared printers.

    http://www.appletvhacks.net/2007/04/01/mac-os-x-running-on-apple-tv/
     

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