XBMC to read macbook share?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by esadb, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hey all, got a jailbroken apple tv and want to set it up so that I can view my shared folder on my macbook from it.

    I have 2 macbooks, one running Lion and the other Mountain Lion and I cannot for the life of me access a shared folder from either machine on XBMC and I've gone into System Preferences - Sharing and turned on File sharing to the specific folder.

    Can someone enlighten me what I am doing here?
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    You need to enable sharing over SMB (Windows sharing protocol) on your Macs, IMHO.
  3. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    I did that, under Sharing I went into Options and ticked off the checkmark for SMB. I did that as the first thing..
  4. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Have you researched your problem on the XBMC forum?
  5. esadb thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    I have, that was the first place to check and I came up shorthanded. That's why I swung by in here to ask as I am sure someone else must of done it on here :)
  6. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
    I haven't tried sharing on my Macs but it works well on my networked attached storage. I think putting the files on a networked attached storage drive is better anyway as you don't have to have your Mac running while you are watching a long movie. Basically I did this:

    1) Attached my Western Digital My Book drive to the router.
    2) Move my movies to a shared folder on the My Book drive
    3) In XBMC go to Videos > Files and select Add Videos. Go to Browse and find your drive. For me, it is Network File System (I think). For you it may be Windows network (SMB). Once you find it and select it, you can save it and it comes up on the short list the next time you go go Videos > Files

    Hope this helps.
  7. AtomicGrog macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2011
    You can do it over AFP, just that you have to enter the IP and share name manually.

    It also works really well via FTP of yo happen to be running a ftp server.

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