Nas - Mac/atv & Pc

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by keeper, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. keeper macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
    Hi guys

    Was thinking of putting in a Linkstation Live NAS.
    Will I have any issues sharing the content on my son's PC.

    Want to use it for ATV movies, it would be good if he can access them also.

    Cheers Phil
  2. hiker275 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    Issues with Buffalo Linkstation

    Hi Phil. I can't speak for the LinkStation Live, but about 2 months ago I purchased a LinkStation Pro Duo 1TB NAS and I am not entirely satisfied. Part of the issue is me I'd bet. I began using Macs about 20 years ago because they generally are easy to work with and I just don't like resolving technical issues.

    As for the LinkStation, the Buffalo NAS Navigator software was a snap to install and the pdf manual is relatively thorough, but....

    #1) I discovered this by trying to change the administrator password from the default password, "password". The NAS uses a network filling system called "SMB" which does not allow for special characters such as # % & *. After rejecting my choosen password a few times, I figured out what was happening. Fair enough. So I don't use the special character, the password is accepted, and suddenly I'm locked out and can no longer login as the administer.

    #2) Tried to follow the instructions in the manual for resetting the password to the default "password." However, the instructions were apparently outdated and what I could find at the Buffalo support site was the same. Numerous attempts to reset failed. Tech support was very friendly and helpful. Walked me through the reset process which was significantly different from the manual. Through trial and error I might have guessed how in a few hours.

    #3) ... and what frustrates me the most, I can't seem to configure the NAS to access it from the internet. Other computers on the home LAN can get access, but that isn't what I want. The Buffalo instructions seem relatively clear on how to do this configuration, but it's automatic wizzard like process can't do this trick. It tells me that I need to manually configure port 9000 or some such. WTF is that and where is it and how does this configuration get done???? For this, I refer you back to my original comment about not liking to resolve tech issues like this. I just want to use the damn thing, not spend hours trying to get it to work.

    So yesterday I was shopping for a replacement. My LinkStation is going to be a nice back up drive I think.

    Good Luck
  3. cyberjunky macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2008
    i took a look at the product you spoke of, and it didnt seem all that personally, i recently purchased a Synology DS207, found here:

    But for a complete list of products look here:

    They are fantastic products, full AJAX Web UI for your family and guests, built in everything, HTTP access, FTP/SFTP access, AppleTalk/AppleFile Protocal, WINS netgroup support. Printer networking, download station for over night scheduled downloading of large files during off peak hours, support for raid. Just take a look for yourself, you wont find a better NAS unit anywhere else.
  4. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    One thing to be aware of (for any NAS really) is that the :apple:TV won't be able to use the NAS's iTunes server, but must go through your Mac or PC. This is because the iTunes servers built into NAS boxes do not have any way to authenticate (enter in the authentication digits) required by the :apple:TV.
  5. keeper thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
  6. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    I have a Synology DS207+at home, very nice but i do not know how well it works with Apple TV. I use the included iTunes server for streaming music to iTunes, one problem is that iTunes does not want to make Playlists from the served music (maybe because it's a shared medium). Maybe it would work better through Apple Talk!?

    Dosent belong here but i hope it's ok if i chime in with a short statement. I think you have to make a rule in your router to forward port 9000 to the IP Adress of the NAS (if you do not have a router you have to do "port forwarding" on whichever machine you use for connecting to the internet). A new/other brands NAS won't help you with that. And do not forget to connect to: YourIpAdress:9000 if you try to connect from outside of your Network to the NAS.

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