creating a home media server with mac and xbox360

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sethmichael, May 9, 2007.

  1. sethmichael macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2007
    Xbox 360 as of today supports mpeg4 and h.264 video of all shapes and sizes. Seeing as how I have one, and not an apple tv, i'd like to take advantage of it and rip my content to a usb2 hard drive so I can avoid optical discs.

    How can I create a shared network drive that will play my ripped dvd's, but's still accessible to my mac on a network so I can drag and drop new files?
  2. geekytrent macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2007
    easiest way of doing that is buying a wireless router that supports usb drives, put the drive to the router and format the drive as fat32, and both the xbox and the mac will be able to read/write to it.
  3. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    i would also suggest connect360 which will allows you to connect your mac to the xbox360 as if it was a PC. You can then stream off of your computer. I think you can download a trial that limits the number of movies, songs, and photos it'll stream, but it'll give you an idea of what it does. And this way, you can keep your drives mac formatted b/c the mac will be doing the streaming.

    good luck.

    P.S. I've got Connect360 on my mac pro and stream to my xbox360 and it works well and does exactly what I need it to do, so I do recommend it.
  4. sethmichael thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2007
    The only problems are connect 360 doesn't have an update yet to support the mpeg4 features (i'm sure they're working on it), and the bigger issue which is my network sucks in my apt. The walls are concrete, so on my desk the bars down down to nothing. I'm afraid of investing in something and the streaming quality is crap -- which is half the reason i've avoided apple tv.

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