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dukebound85

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I have a lot of movies on my desktop

I want to be able to access these movies from my laptop across the internet so I do not have to store them on my laptop

How do I do this and not being on the same network?
 

VPrime

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I have a lot of movies on my desktop

I want to be able to access these movies from my laptop across the internet so I do not have to store them on my laptop

How do I do this and not being on the same network?
Web server, or FTP server. OSX has both built in, look in the sharing preferences.
 
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Velin

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I have a lot of movies on my desktop

I want to be able to access these movies from my laptop across the internet so I do not have to store them on my laptop

How do I do this and not being on the same network?
FTP is probably best. Easy to set up. You likely have FTP storage space from your broadband provider.
 
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dukebound85

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FTP is probably best. Easy to set up. You likely have FTP storage space from your broadband provider.
how does one do this?

i am talking about accessing up to like over 100GB of movies from MTR....do i need to store stuff somewhere beides my computer?

Essentially, I want to be able to access the movies from my desktop when I am away from my desktop
 
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trainguy77

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well with FTP you would have to download the file before you can play it. (i think)

Is that acceptable? If not hosting it as a website is probably best.
 
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matperk

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orb.com allows streaming to many devices including a web browser. It also handles all the work by bypassing the need to modify your router/firewall settings and you do not need to know your home IP address. You just need to login to their website.
 
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trainguy77

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orb.com allows streaming to many devices including a web browser. It also handles all the work by bypassing the need to modify your router/firewall settings and you do not need to know your home IP address. You just need to login to their website.
That looks like it might work. The website looks sketchy. Have you used it?

simplifymedia was my first thought. But Simplify only works for pictures and music.
 
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dukebound85

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well with FTP you would have to download the file before you can play it. (i think)

Is that acceptable? If not hosting it as a website is probably best.
ideally what i want to be able to do is something along the lines of ps3 media server except instead of on the same network, I would be on a different one and instead of a ps3, i would use my laptop

essesntially i want to leave my desktop running, access the files when i vist back home on my laptop and be able to watch my movie collection from my desktop
 
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trainguy77

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After googling it looks like orb is your best shot.

If that does not suit your needs we can work something else out.
 
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zachsilvey

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well with FTP you would have to download the file before you can play it. (i think)

Is that acceptable? If not hosting it as a website is probably best.
VLC can stream video over a network connection, including FTP, without downloading the entire file first. Just make sure the network connection is fast enough to keep up. If you are on a local network you would have no problem.

Thanks for the help but some issues with orb

1) very slow
2) cant play video_TS files
Just use FTP and VLC as the client.
 
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dukebound85

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VLC can stream video over a network connection, including FTP, without downloading the entire file first. Just make sure the network connection is fast enough to keep up. If you are on a local network you would have no problem.



Just use FTP and VLC as the client.
care to explain how to do this? thanks:)
 
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trainguy77

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care to explain how to do this? thanks:)
Essentially you need to setup the built in FTP server. Go into the sharing pane of system prefs then go file sharing. Under options click share via FTP. Keep in mind don't have anything shared you don't want the world to see. Now you will need to port forward port 21 on your router to your desktops IP address. You should also make your desktop have a static IP.
 
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