So tell me if a ATV2 in each room will solve my dilemma.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jts telecom, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. jts telecom macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2011
    Let's say i use a Mac Mini, a couple of 3TB NAS Drives and an Airport Extreme to host all my videos and movies. Can i just put an Apple TV 2 unit connected to each TV in my house, and be able to get all that content on all my TV's?
    How about iOS devices?
    If so... i wouldn't need the wifi built in to the TV's right?

    Jailbreak Necessary to get all video codecs?


  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    It is possible to do that. The Mini would have to stay on with iTunes always running or the Apple TV's won't have any media to playback.
  3. jts telecom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2011
    Is iTunes a necessity? Is there a way around using the iTunes library? I have hundreds of blu ray rip files that would take months to convert to iTunes format. I saw some posts about some program called Plex? would that work?
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    You could have the mini running iTunes and be able to do it without jailbreaking. But if your media is in other formats, I'd try Plex or XBMC. Plex would use the mini as a transcoding server that can also work on iPad and iPhone. XBMC is stand alone and would connect directly to the NASs without a need for the mini.

    That said, I'd highly recommend the Plex route. The library scraping and organization features are amazing.

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  5. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    I hear you.

    I have around 4.5 TB of stuff sitting on a drobo attached to a mini. The mini is my media server for everything.

    I access the stuff directly on the mini through Plex.

    I have jailbroken the ATV2 and added Plex. It is great for accessing all my content.

    The only downer is that the Mac Mini has to be on.
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Don't forget about the fringe benefits of having a server running in the house - like MagicJack, auto torrent downloading, etc.. :)
  7. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    Air video can AirPlay mkv rips to atv2 from iOS device. I have 6 atv's, 2gen 1's and 4 gen 2's and a mini running 24/7. Works like a champ!

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