Server Question

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    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?
     
  2. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Web server, or FTP server. OSX has both built in, look in the sharing preferences.
     
  3. Velin macrumors 65816

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    FTP is probably best. Easy to set up. You likely have FTP storage space from your broadband provider.
     
  4. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    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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  6. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  7. matperk macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  8. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  9. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    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
     
  10. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  11. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    Thanks for the help but some issues with orb

    1) very slow
    2) cant play video_TS files
     
  12. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  13. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    care to explain how to do this? thanks:)
     
  14. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  15. matperk macrumors 6502

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    yeah i've been using it for a few years. their website needs to be redone, but the software is great and free.
     

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