wireless hard drive video question

grooveattack

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Jan 9, 2008
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Hi there
Ok, pop quiz.....
if i have an airport extreme with a hard drive attached and i have some video and music stored on it. Is it possible to watch a film FROM the hard drive wirelessly and if so would someone else be able to watch a different film from it at the same time?
 

waw74

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May 27, 2008
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wow 4 hours ( and 2 minutes) before you got upset that no one had answered you.


as long as you are on N wireless, shouldn't be a problem as long as you both have good signals. a good G signal should easily handle one client well, 2 if things are good.

there are several factors at play as to if it will work such as wireless interference (someone runs the microwave for popcorn to have with the movie), current bandwith usage (if someone is using torrent over the same connection for example) and bitrate/codec of the video.
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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firstly, we need to know what router you are looking at getting. what speed.

secondly, we need to know what kind of movies you will be played. are they going to be bluray rips? are they going to be HD movies? are they going to be crappy ipod format movies?? bitrate is a must in these types of questions..
 

grooveattack

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cool,
well a airport extreme with a USB HDD attached running an 'N' only network, and low quality movies, nothing even near HD. Things around the 1.54 Mbps mark

And four hours is a long time when your bored and want a fast answer! hehehe
 

DoFoT9

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cool,
well a airport extreme with a USB HDD attached running an 'N' only network, and low quality movies, nothing even near HD. Things around the 1.54 Mbps mark

And four hours is a long time when your bored and want a fast answer! hehehe
oh ok then it will do that EASILY.

wireless n can go at around 300mbps (40megabytes per second). keep below that and you will be perfectly fine
 

grooveattack

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what happens if someone on my network is only 'g' (thus makeing it only a 'g' network) still work then?
 

DoFoT9

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what happens if someone on my network is only 'g' (thus makeing it only a 'g' network) still work then?
if there is someone who needs a 'g' network capabilities then your speed will instantly be throttled back to around 150megabits p/s (for 'n' users). a 'g' user will only get a max of 3megabits p/s. using 'n' you mightnt notice a slow down, however the 'g' users certainly might struggle to play a high quality movie.
 

skorpien

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Jan 14, 2008
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If you are thinking of having 'g' clients on your network, may I suggest setting up a dual band network? You can use another router, such as an AirPort Express, running in bridge mode and broadcasting a b/g network. This will free your AEBS to run in N-only mode, but still allow 'g' clients to connect without slowing down 'N' clients.