iMac as a Media Server

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  1. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

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    I will be moving to a new house soon, and buying a Macbook in the process. My old iMac (2.0ghz 20" Aluminum 3gb RAM 10.5) will no longer be under heavy usage, and I am making that the family computer. I was wondering if, in addition to running Safari, Office, iWork, and iLife, it could be used as a decent media server. I have a 400gb iTunes library on an external disk, and will keep it there, plugged into this iMac. I will soon be purchasing an Apple TV as well, but seeing as my iTunes is too large for either Apple TV (I don't want to hack), I will need some kind of server. This computer will remain on nearly 24/7, most likely in the kitchen or office.

    First, is it capable enough for this job? Second, how can I sync my iPod from the Macbook if the library is stored on the iMac? Third, how well will it perform as a wireless server, if it needs to? Fourth, is putting my server in the kitchen a bad idea? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah i think it should be fine to run as a server. I do however recommend getting a direct wired Ethernet so that the streaming will be as fast as possible.
     
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  4. UrFatMom macrumors regular

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    First, is it capable enough for this job?

    YES

    Second, how can I sync my iPod from the Macbook if the library is stored on the iMac?

    Point the macbook's itunes to the iMac
    http://theappleblog.com/2008/10/13/one-itunes-library-on-multiple-computers/

    Third, how well will it perform as a wireless server, if it needs to?

    Depends of your router... I'd say use Ethernet

    Fourth, is putting my server in the kitchen a bad idea?

    Anything else then eating is bad in the kitchen IMO

    Thanks for the help!

    NP
     
  5. txhockey9404 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys. I was liking the idea of a kitchen-puter ;). I may end up putting it in the office or basement with ethernet. I have 2 Airport Extremes and an Express, so I will be OK regardless on wireless, although it will definitely slow down the network under heavy load. That article is very interesting, and I may test that now between my current iMac and the other family iMac. Any ideas on the speed of a cross-network sync? I will most likely use screen sharing to manipulate the iMac from my room. In addition, I may set up an AIM screen name solely for the purpose of easy remote control.
     

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