Play video from seperate mac via Ethernet?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by elgrayso, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. elgrayso macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I have an iMac in my bedroom which has my movies on it, but I have a laptop in my Living room which I watch movies on (connected to TV).
    If I connect the two computers together with a long ethernet cable, could I watch videos that are on my iMac and view them from my laptop? Kind of like a server? Would I be able to access files from the iMac?

    (Before anyone suggests just transfering the videos, I'd much prefer to keep them on the iMac, I keep my laptop really light and minimal. )

    PS: My iMac has internet plugged into the ethernet at the moment, would that be a problem?
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Have you considered using an Apple TV and running iTunes on the iMac?
  3. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    You should be able to access the movie files on the iMac directly from the laptop through Finder if you have file sharing turned on in the Sharing preferences. It's far easier if both macs are connected to a router on the same network than if you connect them directly to one another but it can be done that way too:

    Then you can open/play them through whatever you want (Quicktime, VLC etc ).
  4. elgrayso thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I have a modem that is connected to a router with multiple outputs. one is going to the iMac and one is going to my Roku. If I had another Ethernet cable connect from this router then would my laptop be able to connect to the iMac?


    I already have a roku instead, and I don't like having to import things into iTunes. But thanks for the suggestion. a lot of my files are various file types so Apple TV prolly wouldn't accept them anyway

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