If I have an ipad, do I still need a pc on to stream from a NAS

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mpovolo, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. mpovolo macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    I am moving my content onto a NAS that supports itunes sharing. If I have an ipad, do I still need a pc with itunes on or is airplay enough?

  2. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    Yes. You will be able to send content to the :apple:TV two ways: from the iPad directly (using Airplay) or from iTunes on your computer. In order to stream from the computer you have to have iTunes running, as it's seen by the :apple:TV as the source of the content (even if it actually resides on an NAS). You can use the iPad to control the streaming from your computer (using the remote app), but you have to have iTunes running to do that.
  3. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I'm not aware of a NAS that supports HomeSharing as the Apple TV 2 uses, so you would probably still need a mac or PC running with iTunes open to access your entire Library.

    The iPad with AirPlay would let you stream any content you have synced to the iPad to the AppleTV, but wouldn't help with the rest of your content.

    What NAS are you using?
  4. mpovolo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    looking at the synology DS211.

    So I cannot do itunes sharing on my ipad connected to the NAS, and use airplay that way. You can only airplay content stored local on the ipad?
  5. sandman42, Dec 28, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010

    sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    I'm not familiar with that NAS, but as far as I know there's no NAS that can Airplay to the :apple:TV without going through iTunes on your computer (which has to be running, etc, etc...)

    So, yes, you can only Airplay content that's stored locally on the iPad from the iPad itself directly to the :apple:TV, but if you have iTunes running you can use the iPad to Airplay any valid iTunes content from the computer (and/or your NAS) to the :apple:TV using the Remote app.
  6. RyeWit macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    I've heard mixed things about being able to use airplay to go from ipad --> NAS --> AppleTV 2.

    My Synology 211 arrived Thursday and a pair of 2TB hardrives arrive tomorrow. I'll definitely post back either tomorrow or Tuesday with that I find out.

    To me an ipad/iphone/itouch as a playlist remote streaming music off a NAS to a receiver/appletv is an fantastic solution (esp for the price).

    Will let everyone know!
  7. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Your best bet is a jailbroken Apple TV2 with XBMC installed.. plays right off your NAS.
  8. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    You might be in luck. I think synology has an iOS app to allow streaming video/music from its NAS units direct to an iOS device. If the app is updated to support AirPlay, you should be able to pass this stream on to the ATV. It's a bit of a roundabout way of doing things (and you can't use the nice ATV interface) but it might work.
  9. mpovolo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Great idea, thanks
  10. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    last I read was the synology itunes server wasnt 10.X or up which supports airplay and home sharing in the same was.

    this was the reason I bought a mini instead. im sure at some point that will change if it hasnt already.
  11. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    how ? im still trying to figure out how to link NAS from time capsule. apple tv2 is jailbroken.
  12. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008

    After JB you need to install XBMC on your appleTV. There are numerous guides, but the one I used was here:


    Then all you do is open XBMC, go to video, and add source, and browse your network for your NAS device to a video folder, select it, and XBMC will add the videos to your library..

    Not too hard at all.
  13. mpovolo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Oddly enough I tested XBMC. Perhaps I did something wrong but I got it to play videos on my NAS, only issue was XBMC sat there showing a screen of my movie and constantly buffering. Then eventually it crashed.
  14. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    Some NAS devices have a built in iTunes server. My QNAP has one but it only serves mp3 audio (not lossless which all my music is in) so I haven't tested it. I imagine it would be quite clunky to operate though, if it worked at all. As someone mentioned previously, the best solution is to get a Mini or similar low-power HTPC for this purpose. The main problem with all NAS devices is that if you want to use them for any purpose other than file servers you are dependent on the manufactures supporting them and keeping the software up-to-date.
  15. giobox macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2009
    It can be done - confirmed working

    This can be done if you have a NAS that has a web interface for sharing your video content. I have a western digital my world NAS which has twonky media server built in, you can access the web interface in safari on the iPad, start your video playing on it and then AirPlay it to the tv, all without using iTunes.

    Most recent NAS devices provide this functionality, and there are quite a few which use twonky, which I can confirm works.

    However I personally think jail breaking plus xbmc is a much better way to connect to a NAS
  16. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    XBMC on ATV2 can only play up to 720p files. If you tried to open a 1080p file, it will probably rebuffer and eventually crash.

    I recommend for best results, playing 720p x264 files... it can play 720p divx and other files - BUT they do seem to have some buffering issues (480p is fine on the other file formats).

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