Connecting a NAS to the time capsule

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mattrsa, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. mattrsa macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    I have got a WD NAS drive which I want to put all my music onto and then piont itunes in the direction of thr NAS so that I can use that as my music library.
    Would this be possible if I connect the NAS to the time capsule?

  2. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

    Aug 29, 2007
    Hmm... if this were just an external USB hard drive, it would as you could simply add the drive to the TC shares and then add the tunes from that network drive to your itunes. But... since this is a NAS itself then you should be able to just mount it on your mac and add your tunes from it to your itunes library. Naturally the WD will need to be connected to your network but there will be no 'interaction' between the WD NAS and the TC.

    Now, if you want the NAS or TC to be a "Stand Alone iTunes Server"... not going to be able to do that. You will need a NAS more along the lines of the Netgear ReadyNAS products which has an iTunes server built in.

    Hope that helps.... :)
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    You should be able to connect the NAS to the time capsule via ethernet, and share it to your computers.
    I would recommend hard wired between the TC and your computer for the initial file transfer, but for general playback, even a wireless-G connection is fine.

    I use a remote box for all my music storage (A linux server box, but for this, basically the same as your nas). and it works fine. I also have a mini hooked to the TV, and all i have to do is copy the library file from my laptop to the mini, and everything works.

    One hint that i found, if you have the "iTunes music folder location" point to a non-standard location such as remote file share, and iTunes can't find that location on start up (it only looks once), it will automatically reset to the standard "user/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music". So for some reason if you start iTunes without a network connection, it will automatically reset the location.
    If you replace the "user/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music" folder with an alias to your network storage location and name it "iTunes Music" it will default to the network location. You still won't have your music without network, but at least it won't change any settings. and everything will be good once you get reconnected.
  4. h2o-skier macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    More NAS and Time Capsule Q&A

    Hi Folks - looking to wake up this discussion from last year.
    I have a time capsule and a HP Media Vault MV2040. I have all my iTunes on my Time Capsule (couple of hundred gigabytes) and was looking to use my Media Vault to back up the Time Capsule. When I connect it to the Time Capsule via ethernet cable everything is groovy - I could automatically see and read/write to the Media Vault from any PC or MAC on the network. The problem is in the speed in transfer to the MV from TC. it took 26 hours to transfer 130 gigs over a physical connection. Thats not a workable back up plan. I thought maybe that I should use a USB connection between the TC and MV - but now the MV doesn't show up on the network.
    Any thoughts?
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    how is your computer connected to the time capsule?

    everything you transfer goes through your computer, so if you're connected via wireless, it'll be really slow.

    try plugging in your computer to the TC via ethernet, and see if that speeds up the transfer.

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