Apple tv setup - newbie =D

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mediamab, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. mediamab macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Hye guys,

    So I am looking at apple tv. My setup will be three macs, airport extreme, apple tv and Netgear ReadyNas.

    I am planning to connect the ready nas to AE via ethernet cable and the rest will be wireless "n".

    The NAS has built in itunes server so I want to make use of this to store all our media and also extend the storage available to the apple tv.

    One question I had was can I truly use the NAS as a media server. I understand I can set it to automatically check for new files. So in theory new files added from one machine should show up on another - is this correct?

    I assume If it set up all the computers + apple tv to use the library folder pointed to the nas that this will work. So also if i purchase a movie on apple tv then my imac will also be able to view it. And also our ipods will be able to load anything that has been added to the "server" no matter which computer it was added? - is this correct and doable...?

    Also i plan to put all the dvds we have onto the nas for use on the apple tv or the computers - is this easy to do? and also will i be loosing mases of quality or occur any dubbing issues with sound?

    I have searched the forums but I just cant seem to find definitive answers.

    Your help is much appreciated =D
  2. Shuttleworth macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    Most posts I've read about iTunes servers on NAS's say the :apple:TV can't work from them, it has to be iTunes on a computer.

    As for getting your DVD's onto your computer then to play on the :apple:TV, install Handbrake and VLC and choose the AppleTV preset, put in your DVD and then let it work its magic, easy peasy, and kind of addictive:rolleyes:
  3. Thanatoast macrumors 65816


    Dec 3, 2002
    I've got a 2TB drive hooked up to an Airport Extreme right now that's serving as my iTunes folder. There's definitely a performance hit for transferring, though not watching, files. Since I'm also a MobileMe customer I should be able to move my computer anywhere with net connection and have full access to my library. I haven't had a chance to test this yet but will next week.

    In short, using the NAS feature of the APE for your iTunes library is do-able.

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