ATV to flash or not? Music concern only.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rxl125, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. rxl125 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2006
    I have a large collection of music on an external drive. I have an imac connected via airport extreme, I believe it's wireless G. I purchased an ATV today to be delivered next week. Both ATV and Imac will be using my home network. My AE is located in my finished basement with my modem, one floor below my Imac.
    Should flash (hack) the ATV to take my external drive or should I do the music through wifi system? Will there be a lag when I select various songs? That's my concern. Not really that concerned about video, I would like to show my aperture library though. Again is this ok wirelessly?
  2. bobdard macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    For photos and music, I think G speeds will suffice. Because those Aperture files transferred over are going to be the previews anyway.
  3. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    I don't think you will have any noticeable lag streaming music over a wireless G network. I was doing that until I got frustrated by iTunes frequently dropping the conection to my Apple TV. I then did a little filtering to sync the bulk of my music library (25GB) on my 40 GB ATV. The Apple TV, controlled by the Remote app on an iPhone/iTouch, is an awesome way to listen to music.

    Recently, with Mac OS 10.6.2, iTunes 9.03 and Apple TV 3.02, I haven't had any dropped connections, so I could probably go back to streaming with no worries.
  4. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    I have a G network and have no problems streaming music (or videos for that matter.) Of course, if I use the microwave oven then the network speed goes down immediately. Fortunately, the oven is fairly loud, so listening quality audio is not feasible anyways. :)
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Streming non itunes files does not relly work .I would suggest you use an external HD for your files, and connect it via USB.

    btw atvflash is more expensive than and provides less functions.

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