Wifi: fast enough for media?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dellavoce, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. dellavoce macrumors regular

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    So I'm thinking about getting the time capsule for my new mac mini. I would like to upgrade from my g series wifi router to n. Also, as I have a mini with a 160gb hard drive, I keep my large collection of mp3 and video files on an external hard drive connected via USB. I was thinking that the time capsule would upgrade my router and free up a USB plug but I'm wondering if the read speed on it is fast enough to view videos and listen to music directly from the time capsule?
     
  2. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Yes.

    Never had problems on my AppleTV viewing files via wifi hosted on my Mini but stored on a USB 2.0 connected external drive.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yes, the practical throughput should be around 6 MB/s.

    Unless you have media with a that high bit rate, you'll be fine.

    .mp3 files usually have 128-320 Kbit/s (16 - 40 KB/s), video files have around 1 to 7 Mbit/s (125KB/s to 875KB/s).
     
  4. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I only ever had problems streaming 1080p content. Why not just keep the harddrive plugged into the mini?
     
  5. dellavoce thread starter macrumors regular

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    For a couple reasons. First to free up a USB. Second to make media available to other computers in my home. Which brings me to my next question: can a pc also access stuff on the time capsule?
     
  6. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    I can stream 720p HD content from my Mini to the kids iMac + Plex no problem over the AEBS n network.
     

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