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Is time capsule compatible with serviio media stream?

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Theoriginalutah Calculating status...
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May 6, 2012 1:49 AM

Just wanting to know if time capsule will work as a wireless server so that I can continue to stream my movies with serviio?


Currently I stream them from my MacBook pro to my ps3 but before rushing out and purchasing one, just want to know if anyone has had any experience with this? Or is there other software out there that allows my to stream from a TC so that we can continue to watch our movies?


Thanks for your help

  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,475 points)

    A Time Capsule has no media streaming logic.  Even if you put your media on a Time Capsule, you'd have to continue to use your MacBook to read the media from the Time Capsule and stream it.


    What are you streaming your movies to?

  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,475 points)

    Theoriginalutah wrote:


    At the moment, I am streaming movies from my mac HD or from a external HD via USB, but am looking at getting a TC in order to free up storage (use it as a HD aswell as backup) but am wondering if I will be able to add the pathway in Serviio?

    That should work, but there are two problems for you to think about:


    1) It's not a good idea to use the disk in a Time Capsule for both Time Machine backups and for other things.  See the green box in this Web page.


    2) Any media you put on a Time Capsule won't be backed up unless you make other arrangements.


    Whether or not you get a Time Capsule, it might be best to keep your media on that external USB HD.  I believe that Time Machine can back up the contents of that disk to the Time Capsule.

  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,475 points)

    What you're suggesting should work, although there are two things that might cause trouble:  (1) If possible, I would use drives that provide their own power, rather than getting their power from the USB connection.  (2) You'd be adding a second transfer of data over the network.  If your network depends on Wi-Fi and its quality is marginal, that could cause some skips in video playback.  You can see the quality of a Wi-Fi connection by holding down an "option" key when you pull down the Wi-Fi/AirPort menu bar item, then looking at the value of "RSSI" in the drop-down list.

  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,475 points)

    What you're proposing should work.  If you check that "RSSI" value as I described before and it's in the range of -10 to -50, that should show a network connection that's strong enough to support video streaming.  If it's between -50 and -90, you might have trouble.  If those media files are on a USB external disk, then you can either connect it to your Mac or the Time Capsule, whichever works better.  One advantage of connecting it to your Mac is that that would let Time Machine back up the media.


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