Home Network Set Ups

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by N.B.Morton, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. N.B.Morton macrumors newbie

    N.B.Morton

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    Everett, Wa
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    I have been trying to do some research on setting up a nice home/media network and have not been able to find much reference anywhere about it for Macs. I have an iMac at home as well as a macbook and I was just trying to see what kind of set ups people are running and how well they are working out. I am definitely interested in the Apple TV and time capsule and would like to see what peoples opinions are on them as well. If anyone out there has a nice set up they are proud of let me know what your running.
     
  2. daze macrumors 6502

    daze

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    San Jose, California
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    I have a Linksys WRT54GL acting as a router and a wireless G access point. Also have an Apple Extreme N connected to a Gigabit Netgear 8 port switch. Attached to the Extreme is a 500GB Seagate for use with Time Machine for my MacBook Pro and G5. Extreme is providing N wireless services, mostly, for the MacBook Pro since only it supports N.

    Have a PC with an AMD 2.1GHz Dual Core running Ubuntu 8.04 with 2GB RAM. It is functioning as a Apple File Share server with 4 500GB Seagates in a RAID 5 setup; Total disk space is then 1.5 TB. On my MacBook Pro, I run MediaLink and Connect 360 to serve media files to my PS3 and XBox 360.

    There is a lot more detail and services running on the AMD, but that is beyond the scope of this short post.

    Daze
     
  3. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

    Fonzijr1964

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    Maryland
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    My set up

    Apple Airport extreme __ wired to iMac__WD MyBook studio 1TB
    >>wireless to >>PS3
    >>>>>>>>>>>Wii
    >>>>>>>>>>>MBA
    >>>>>>>>>>>MB
    >>>>>>>>>>>thinkpad

    Works well
     
  4. paduck macrumors 6502

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    If possible, I would recommend getting a wired solution between at least your broadband, your computer and your home entertainment system. That is going to give you a lot of reliability and a minimum 100 megabit connection speed between your media location and your computer.

    Having said that, at the moment, I don't have a wired solution myself. I will move that direction as soon as possible though. I think that it opens up a lot of possibilities that being exclusively wireless leaves out.

    Here is my configuration at the moment:

    Cable Internet->Linksys WRT54G (running DD-WRT firmware)
    Hard wired->iMac G3 (for kids), Linksys PAP2 VOIP converter
    Wireless->iMac G5 (main computer), Apple TV (which I do NOT stream video to), Airport Express (for AirTunes), iPhone

    I'd like to run wires to my iMac G5 and Apple TV. I would also like to hook up some sort of networked storage, although for my current configuration, an external Firewire/USB array for backup would probably be sufficient. The wired network would give me a much faster, more reliable connection between various locations. Wireless would still be available as an option for AirTunes, laptops and iPhone, etc.

    I would be very interested in some sort of iTunes media server option that would be a central storage place for all my audio and video files. That way, I would have access without having to have my computer running with iTunes up (which I actually don't do now). However, no such device exists right now. With all the various hard drives/storage I have (computer, Apple TV, two iPods, Apple TV, etc.) it would be nice to have everything centralized and shared - but not on the computer itself.
     

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