XBMC + time capsule

MrFusion

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Any idea how to add time capsule as a network share to XBMC? Thanks.

In /Videos/Files/Add Source, I can't find AFP as an option.

This is what I am trying to accomplish.
XBMC is currently running on my Mac to test and try out. If XBMC (on an Apple TV) can directly access my time capsule drive, then I want to install it on an apple tv thereby bypassing my mac altogether.

If I can't avoid iTunes, then I won't bother buying an apple TV.
 

hafr

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Any idea how to add time capsule as a network share to XBMC? Thanks.

In /Videos/Files/Add Source, I can't find AFP as an option.

This is what I am trying to accomplish.
XBMC is currently running on my Mac to test and try out. If XBMC (on an Apple TV) can directly access my time capsule drive, then I want to install it on an apple tv thereby bypassing my mac altogether.

If I can't avoid iTunes, then I won't bother buying an apple TV.
You're not going to find AFP as an option, since it's called Zeroconf there. A bit strange that they're not more clear about it, given the fact that they're (the XBMC community) are only talking about afp and not zeroconf. But hey, it is what it is.

But sometimes you can experience problems with just browsing to the folder through zeroconf, especially if you have a password protection on your shares, in that case you have to manually add afp://[user]:[pass]@IP/sharedfolder

Say your username (to your mac) is Mr, your password is Fusion, the IP to the TC is 191.168.1.1 and the folder is called MoViEs, and you've shared the folder giving the user Mr access to it, then it should look like this with a manual setup:

afp://Mr:Fusion@192.168.1.1/MoViEs
 

MrFusion

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You're not going to find AFP as an option, since it's called Zeroconf there. A bit strange that they're not more clear about it, given the fact that they're (the XBMC community) are only talking about afp and not zeroconf. But hey, it is what it is.

But sometimes you can experience problems with just browsing to the folder through zeroconf, especially if you have a password protection on your shares, in that case you have to manually add afp://[user]:[pass]@IP/sharedfolder

Say your username (to your mac) is Mr, your password is Fusion, the IP to the TC is 191.168.1.1 and the folder is called MoViEs, and you've shared the folder giving the user Mr access to it, then it should look like this with a manual setup:

afp://Mr:Fusion@192.168.1.1/MoViEs
Ok thanks for the explanation.

I saw the zeroconf option, but that indeed didn't work. Isn't zeroconf one of the old names for appletalk or rendezvous?
 

hafr

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Ok thanks for the explanation.

I saw the zeroconf option, but that indeed didn't work. Isn't zeroconf one of the old names for appletalk or rendezvous?
It might be, I have no idea :) But when you entered the information as I described, did it work?
 

MrFusion

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It might be, I have no idea :) But when you entered the information as I described, did it work?
No. Your explanation is clear, but I am not sure what information to fill in.

afp://[user]:[pass]@IP/sharedfolder

Username? whoami in Terminal gives me John. System Preferences tells me John Doe (with a space). Is it John or John Doe or is the space causing the trouble?

pass: that should be ok now. It only contains numbers and letters.

IP: The summary panel in Airport Utility says 192.168.1.3 but it could also be 10.0.1.1.

sharedfolder? Is this the time capsule name, the name of the harddrive or the name of one of the folders?

Anyway, I tried a few combinations but always get a "unable to connect. could not retrieve directory information" message.

The apple TV I bought in the mean time is working great.

Edit: smb instead of afp works.
 
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Pointer

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Just wanted to say a big thank you to you hafr. Your info helped me get my apple tv (using xbmc) working with my synology nas. Loving this setup, much simpler and easier to use than the mac mini I previously had linked to my tv.
 

hafr

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Just wanted to say a big thank you to you hafr. Your info helped me get my apple tv (using xbmc) working with my synology nas. Loving this setup, much simpler and easier to use than the mac mini I previously had linked to my tv.
Glad I could help :)
 

teameurox

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No. Your explanation is clear, but I am not sure what information to fill in.

afp://[user]:[pass]@IP/sharedfolder

Username? whoami in Terminal gives me John. System Preferences tells me John Doe (with a space). Is it John or John Doe or is the space causing the trouble?

pass: that should be ok now. It only contains numbers and letters.

IP: The summary panel in Airport Utility says 192.168.1.3 but it could also be 10.0.1.1.

sharedfolder? Is this the time capsule name, the name of the harddrive or the name of one of the folders?

Anyway, I tried a few combinations but always get a "unable to connect. could not retrieve directory information" message.

The apple TV I bought in the mean time is working great.

Edit: smb instead of afp works.
Sorry to relive a dead post but what did you end up setting it up as or in what syntax because I've tried smb, afp etc with everything I could google with no luck
 

MrFusion

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Sorry to relive a dead post but what did you end up setting it up as or in what syntax because I've tried smb, afp etc with everything I could google with no luck
oh, i think it worked in the end and i used it for a while, but I don't remember what I did exactly to make it work.

The latest apple tv software and itunes software actually works great for what I want to do.
 
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