Stream 1080p movies via USB2 External drive through iMac to ATV2?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by suprmario, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. suprmario macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2012
    Hello! :)

    I have been searching the forums and have found most of my answers, but I still have one specific question left...

    I have a mid 2011 iMac and my itunes library is taking over. I am moving it all to an external HDD. USB3.0 is not an option on iMac yet, and Thunderbolt is still a little above my budget at the moment. I already own a USB 2.0 External HDD and my question is...Will USB2.0 be fast enough to stream HD movies from, without any stuttering/lag?

    I have no issues streaming directly off of the iMac, but I want to make sure USB2.0 will be fast enough before I begin the transfer of my whole library. The setup will be: External HDD with itunes library connected to iMac connected to Wireless router streaming to ATV2.

  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    A typical H.264 movie is about 750Meg per hour, no problem for USB 2.0
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    I stream my movies like you are going to with no issues. :)
  4. suprmario thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2012
    Awesome! Thank you both for the quick replies. :)

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