Network Route

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Shuttleworth, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Shuttleworth macrumors regular

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    I've got my network set up as follows:
    A Time Capsule as my main Base station for a Wireless N network.
    A NAS drive with all my music and video connected to the TC using the Gigabit ethernet.
    iTunes on my iMac which connects to the TC wirelessly.
    :apple:TV connecting wirelessly.

    (I've also got an Airport Express connected to the TC to give G wireless on the network too, I bought the TC about a month too early :()

    I've not noticed any problems with it yet, but I was wondering about the route the data takes in case I get problems later:

    Does it go from the NAS to the TC then the :apple:TV or,
    does it go NAS to TC to iMac back to TC then to :apple:TV or,
    none of the above ;)
     
  2. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I think if you have a G device on your network you'll only see G speeds.
     
  3. Shuttleworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    From what I understand it should be full speed N, as the N is 5GHz and the G is 2.4 GHz, AirPort picks them up as 2 separate wireless networks.
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    This.

    Using a NAS instead of a directly connected hard drive for your iTunes library doubles the load on your network.

    A.
     
  5. Shuttleworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, if I get network problems I'll connect it directly to the iMac.
     
  6. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    The answer to your real question is that the data route is the second one:

    NAS --> TC --> iMac --> TC --> :apple:TV

    This uses a lot of bandwidth as the TC has to transmit the data twice and receive it once. Also, I believe that if you have a pre-Dual Band TC (which is what your post suggests), your network will be operating at 802.11g speeds, due the Airport Express. I think you can look at your 'network interfaces' in Network Utility to find out what speed your computer is connecting at.
     
  7. Shuttleworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cheers:), I'll probably put :apple:TV content on an external HD on the iMac if I start to get problems.

    I have the network set up like THIS, it is a dual band network, N is on 5Ghz only (TC, iMac, :apple:TV), and G is on 2.4Ghz (Laptop, iPods, Wii). There is no G compatability on the N side of the network, so AFAIK this will not be slowed when there is a G client, G clients can see the N 'network' but not connect to it.
     
  8. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    If you followed those instructions, you won't see a drop in speed with g devices connected.
     

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