wireless hard drive video question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by grooveattack, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. grooveattack macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  2. grooveattack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    nooooo body knows...... * tumble weed rolls by *
     
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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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..
     
  5. grooveattack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    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
     
  7. grooveattack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    what happens if someone on my network is only 'g' (thus makeing it only a 'g' network) still work then?
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    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.
     
  9. skorpien macrumors 68020

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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.
     

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