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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:27 pm    Post subject: Apple TV as Ethernet NAS Reply with quote

I'm thinking of buying an Apple TV for Christmas as an ethernet based NAS for my home network of (2) Mac Mini's and (2) PC's. The Apple TV would hold my iTunes video library and ripped DVDs, with an attached USB HDD for extended storage. The idea would be that I would rip DVD's and buy iTunes movies from my Mac Mini and save them to the Apple TV, from which I would watch them on my HDTV. Anyone have comments or suggestions on this plan? I assume the Mac Mini can "see" the Apple TV on the network as a hard disk drive.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had an Apple TV a while back and I just got tired of the restrictions. Sure I could spend hours upon hours converting to an atv friendly format. But my time is precious and I couldn't keep up with the hacking and patches it took to play my current library. But to comment on your post, no I don't believe that the atv will mount as a drive like a normal NAS would. It ended up on eBay and I bought another mini.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Tony, the ATV is very restrictive. For it to work as you describe as an NAS, you will have to mod it and I don't know if a mod exists for that purpose. I bought one a while ago with the smallest drive available and utilized a shared drive on my home network that it would stream from without issues via gigabit ethernet; it currently resides on a TV in the garage that doesn't get used often. I'm not against them, but I would suggest buying the least expensive model.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would nix that idea and go with a regular NAS. I've had a Buffalo NAS for years and it has yet to fail or drop off my network (knock on wood) which is more than I can say for the Drobo that I got (1st Gen). If you are into hacking, a Linksys NSLU2 can be had at a steal and with open source 'UNSLUNG' can be put on to give you all kinds of additional goodies - email server, ftp, asterisk, music server etc, etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, thanks guys! I'll re-think that plan! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently purchased a Hammer MyShare NAS N1200 and mirror mode. in a network with Mac and PC. great works, the value quiet, very well.
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