Apple tv NAS expandability

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

  1. bphenry macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2007
    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

    Feb 1, 2006
  3. Diveflo macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    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

    Jun 1, 2008
    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

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    None of them currently allow direct pairing to an AppleTV though.
  6. keeper macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
    And most will only display music not movie content
  7. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    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.

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