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Ford5t3r

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Nov 1, 2020
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Highlands of Scotland
Hello Everyone.

This is my first post, but not my first visit to MacRumors, I use the site all the time, it is very helpful.

But now I have an issue I can't find a solution to.

I am changing my Home Internet hardware from the ISP standard Wifi router to a second hand Airport Extreme 5th Gen as the main Wifi Router, with another 5th Gen and a 2nd Gen as wifi extenders. My house is on 3 floors with the internet coming in in the attic floor, where my home recording studio is located and my only Windows PC :eek:, which I use for downloading TV shows etc which I then put onto a hard drive and connect to my Smart TV with a usb connection.

What I would like to do is connect the hard drive to anyone of the Extremes and then be able to transfer files from the PC :eek: to the hard drive, and then view the files on the LGTV. Or even get rid of the PC altogether!

The reason I have a PC :eek: to download the files is because the LGTV only recognises NTFS formatted hard drives.

So, could anyone please help me configure the TV to 'see' the hard drive connected to an Extreme. I can configure and connect every other device in my house, iPods, iPads, MacBooks, iMacs and my Mac Pro, my printer is connected to an Extreme and shared between all devices. I also have a hard drive for backing up files and sharing between all my devices. The TV is connected wirelessly, but I could network cable it as it is in the same room as an Extreme.

Thank you for your help in advance

Cheers
Ford5t3r
 

Ford5t3r

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 1, 2020
3
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Highlands of Scotland
Hi Satcomer, thank you for your reply.

I should have been more clearer, sorry.

My TV can play files wirelessly from my iPhone and iPods/iPads, so no need for NTFS, as the hard drive won't be connected via USB to the TV. It can only read/write to a hard drive that is formatted to NTFS if it is connected via USB (something to do with the LG software DVR). As I don't use this function, I thought I would move the hard drive from the TV to an Extreme and format it in the appropriate one.

If my TV can read files on an Apple mobile device, I can't see why it couldn't read from an Extreme hard drive. I just don't know what to change the settings to on my TV to make it work. I was hoping someone had tried (and succeded) with their TV, and could help me with mine.

Cheers
Ford5t3r
 

Ford5t3r

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 1, 2020
3
0
Highlands of Scotland
Hi Again,

So after pages and pages of internet nonsense, I have found out that LG Smart TVs require your attached storage to be UPnP/DLNA enabled. This seems quite easy to do with my old router, as it has this enabled as default. I plugged in my hard drive to it and I could browse it on my TV.

Therefore, does anyone know how to set up an Airport Extreme 5th Gen (or even the 2nd Gen) to have an UPnP/DLNA enabled hard drive?

Cheers
Ford5t3r
 
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