Using iMac 2011 as media server

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wrldwzrd89, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    So far, so good. Got the server set up and my iTunes content migrated. Tested playback - IT WORKS! My MacBook Pro streams the music files hosted on my iMac with no lag.

    The question I have is this: I obviously do not want to open this media server to the Internet at large. I DO, however, wish to make it available to other people in my household. Any advice on doing this?

    Here's what I've done so far:
    • The administrator has a separate account from each of the "media bin" accounts
    • The server will also run a Terminal script in yet another account, configured to auto-login and start that script at login
    • System Preferences is locked down, so that the admin password is required for most tasks
    • Apple Remote is disabled
    • Network connection is via Ethernet
  2. Shane1905 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2012
    Take a look at Plex, I use it for my setup at home and it works a treat, my iMac is my server and can stream all my content to iOS, android, Apple TV, roku and other computers either on my LAN or over the net.
  3. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    I have an older iMac that I use as a "media server". With airplay, etc., I have not changed any settings, users, etc. It works great. Caveat: all of our devices are Apples.

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