XBMC on ATV2, streaming from Time Capsule

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by tallyho, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. tallyho macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2004
    I have XBMC on an ATV2 and my movies on a Time Capsule. I have added an smb share to XBMC and it works....but I get buffering on a lot of files, together with audio/video losing sync (before it buffers). These are SD DVD encodes, not HD files.

    Now, I am going to try an ethernet cable rather than wireless, BUT having spent all morning reading the XBMC forums, I think this is an XBMC issue with smb shares from Apple networking products.

    I can option-drag the movies into iTunes on my Macbook (so the files are still on the Time Capsule), and then use the standard ATV interface to play the files on the ATV2 flawlessly: even though this must be doubling the wireless data transfer (TC -> Macbook iTunes -> back to TC -> ATV2). So: the bottleneck is not the wireless network.

    Some people on the XBMC forums are not having issues, and there's some suggestion that if the smb share is from a Windows machine it works, but that the Apple/Airport/Timecapsule implementation of smb is causing a bottleneck.

    So I thought I'd ask here: has anyone with this setup (TimeCapsule, or airdisk attached to Airport Extreme) managed to get reliable streaming to XBMC on an ATV2?

    Is it possible to use a different protocol such as afp?
  2. lancia832, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 4, 2011

    lancia832 macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    re :time capsule streaming in Xbmc

    thank you !
  3. kjenyg macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    Im having sort of the same issues. I have a airport extreme with a 1tb WD attached. When adding the disk a source from the Airport Extreme it lags & buffers constantly. But when I add the same share via windows smb it plays smooth. Annoying!

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