Why Not (Airport Extreme)

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  1. MikesGravity macrumors 6502

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    I have the previous generation Airport Extreme. Why when having a USB external or time machine version of the airport can you not view contents of the drive and stream them on your iPhone or iPad WHEN on the network?
     
  2. priitv8, Jun 29, 2013
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    My understanding of the whole is that iOS doesn't do AFP/SMB (network file sharing) and AirPort Extreme doesn't do neither WebDAV nor HomeSharing.
    However, you can get alternative player (eg GoodPlayer) for iOS, that can connect to network file server and play from there. This will not be much of a streaming, a file copying rather, but the net result is the same.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Mostly because you're not dealing with a full fledged NAS and so the features are just not there.

    If you're interested in streaming then I'd start investigating NAS solutions.
     
  4. MikesGravity thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies guys, I think Apple should look into this! In the day and age where SSD's are becoming the norm, I keep my movies on an external and it would be nice to stream to the Apple TV/iPhone/iPad on my network from it.
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Get a Synology NAS. Works great with the Airport Extreme.
     
  6. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    How does it work for you? I reckon it will only be able to stream music?
    AirPlay and DiskStation
     
  7. blueroom macrumors 603

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    It has an app that can start an ATV ready stream from a browser, it works but strangely will stop playing if you close the browser. This is still more than a TC can do.

    Synology's site has a live simulator you can poke around in, also worth looking at the many packages available. Its even possible to write your own as it's basically a LAMP server.

    The blog in my signature is running on my 212j.
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Now I see. But you still can't browse the media library on the NAS from aTV UI, right?
     
  9. blueroom macrumors 603

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    No. For that you still need iTunes running on a Mac or PC.
     
  10. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    That's why I keep iTunes running on a headless MacMini.
     

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