Ok here is the deal my iTunes library is growing fast like over 100 gig fast ( movies )
I have 2 apple TV 3 iPhones 3 iPads in my house
My iTunes is on my windows 7 laptop so to stream anything from iTunes aka home sharing I have to make sure my laptop is turned on iTunes open etc.
I already know how to move my library to a external no prob but i would like to have some kind of server that is always on so when I want to access it I don't have to do anything .. A dedicated pc is out of the question
Is there a way to hook my external to a router and setup a nat server or something or would iTunes on my pc still need to be on .. ?
I need something that will support home sharing or something my apple tv can see just like as if my computer and iTunes is open
I am really tech savvy and can setup just about anything I'm just not sure what to get or where to start
Any ideas I would appreciate
- 08-23-2012, 11:03 PM #2iMore Genius
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A lot of new routers have a USB port as well as LAN ports for a external hard drive or for a shared Pinter, the key is to purchase the right hard drive.
You need a hard drive that has the ability to be "always on" most go to sleep, until they are accessed by a pc.
I have a Cisco e3000 and a western digital hard drive and I had to manually change a setting in my hard drive to have it always on, and I had to configure my router to "share" certain folders on the hard drive. Also on my particular router i can set up a media server to stream content however I have found that simply using windows and media player do a better job.
I think you just want the apple tv to be able to always be able to access all the content on the hard drive, so any router with a USB port also should do, so long as you point your apple tv to the correct location!
Last edited by 3cit; 08-23-2012 at 11:08 PM.
- 08-25-2012, 10:32 PM #5
Otherwise, any Network Attached Storage should be able to hold your library, and can be home shared as long as an instance of iTunes is running that is connected to the library.
Last edited by kch50428; 08-25-2012 at 10:35 PM.
- 08-25-2012, 10:37 PM #6
The older, original AppleTV (the 7" square white device) had either a 40 or 160 GB hard drive for playing media... but they also streamed from iTunes, utilizing the functionality built into iTunes that pre-dates Home Sharing.
I'd love to get my hands on one of the original Apple TV boxes...
Last edited by Fausty82; 08-25-2012 at 10:41 PM.
Just sucks cuz my iTunes is on my laptop not a pc I can just leave on all time
You can get a apple tv 1 it's all over eBay
But I got a apple tv 2 and 3 already running lol
I would be happy if my own movie library I could match in the cloud just like my music that way they all would show under purchased no iTunes needed just stream from cloud .
- 08-26-2012, 12:31 AM #9
My work-around has been to store all the media on my NAS (Drobo-FS) and then configure iTunes on my Mac Mini to not copy and not keep it organized. It's a messy, sloppy kludge at best.
And yeah, I've been looking at eBay for the old AppleTVs. I have a setup that allows me to capture hi-def video from and external source, but due to HDCP, it only has component in. The old AppleTV does component out, so I may just pull the trigger on one soon.
Last edited by Fausty82; 08-26-2012 at 12:33 AM.