2 macs NAS Drive and Apple TV

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  1. I sometimes have random ideas and because I am a biff, i need some advice please.

    Trying to be as brief as possible, I am running an imac with a time machine backup drive attached and a macbook. Both connect via wifi to the internet through my speedtouch 585 i router (Cytanet provided)

    I need more storage because my photo library is currently running at 280GB

    My thinking is that if i get a 4TB NAS drive and connect it to my router, i can access the drive from both computers and use it as a backup for my content. trouble is, if i set up the macs to the home network using the built in airport then will i lose the internet?

    I also want to get an Apple Tv and use the NAS drive to stream content to it.

    The main question is, how do I set up the computers to see the NAS drive and the internet? will it automatically see the drive as it is attached to the router?

    and, if i can get that working, will using the internet slow down streaming to the Apple Tv.

    Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. you lost me at hello.

    The only part of that i understood was that you have used most of your hard drive space with photos. Thought about getting an external hard drive?

    If i were you, i would google some mega nerds who have already done something similar; they seem to get off on giving everyone step by step guides to this kind of stuff.
  3. A NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive is a external hard drive with its own Operating system so it can be directly attached to the network rather than attached to a computer.

    You may encounter compatibility issues, especially as your running Macs.

    Many of the NAS drives have bespoke unix/linux based Operating Systems rather than windows based ones.
  4. have plenty of external storage (2.5TB) but want to be able to link from a massive HDD wirelessly and use it as a storage for streaming media to my TV via an Apple TV. I can then use the external drives i have as secondary backups. And I also want to be able to access the content from my laptop or via internet if necessary

  5. Had not thought of that. The one i am looking at does state that it is mac compatible though.
  6. Photos collection??? That old chestnut. Delete some of that midget porn.
  7. thats on another drive!!!!
  8. Ideally, you need to make sure that the NAS is both discoverable by an Apple and the drive can deliver content using an Apple compatible format (as OSX now reads SMB, the first is the trick.)

    However, in 10.3 or anything later, you can enter the address manually (including by IP address and sharename), so it is not a problem.

    See here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2645

    Now, if the drive supports Bonjour or Rendezvous (Apple supported discovery protocols), then it is trivial - it will just appear in the network or shared areas of your Finder window sidebar.
  9. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    I got myself a NAS so I could access stuff away from home. My experience is that they're not very reliable - they seem to become unavailable for no obvious reason, but when I get home and check everything checks out ok. In the end I binned it, attached an external hard drive and installed VNC. (I still have the NAS if you want to buy it, 500GB HD with room for a second HD raided)

    Streaming video over wifi is simply not fast enough, you will get a severe case of the jitters that makes watching most TV unbearable. Because I didn't want cables everywhere I ended up using network plug thingys, puts your LAN over the electricity ring, job done.
  10. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    This is the sort of thing I have - they are cheap and easy to use. The only issue is if you share your power ring, apartment block scenario, you would need some kind of security encryption.


    It uses your power lines as a lan cable - I have one by my router in the spare room and another by the TV which goes into the PS3 which I then use to watch all the content on my nework (I use TVersity for PC) but it works very well.

    The NAS I can't help you on that specific model - I have a different one, sorry.
  11. Ord Sgt, I see that you posted this in 2003 are you still using the system and would you recommend it?
    I was thinking of something similar for our house and more importantly in the workshop at the end of the garden (then the wife can't catch me watching the porn) :oops:
    What speeds were you getting back then?
  12. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    2003 is my joining date - I only posted this today. :oops:

    There are a few different 'plugs' around but I have the 85mbs one. I'll see if I can find a link for you.
  13. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    OK Maplin do them but its only 14mbs and 70 quid which seems a little steep to me.Clicky

    I'll see what else I can find.

    Edited to add - Maplins do loads of different types, take your pick. Click.
  14. Strokes per minute?