Wifi: fast enough for media?

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

  1. dellavoce macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007
    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

    Nov 6, 2009

    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


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I only ever had problems streaming 1080p content. Why not just keep the harddrive plugged into the mini?
  5. dellavoce thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007
    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

    Nov 19, 2006
    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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