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nesDk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 12, 2012 5:29 AM

Hi

 

I have searched for some time, but the answer are a bit fuzzy. And usualy includes a computer

 

Q:

Hos Can i stream my homevideos from my nas to my Apple tv 3, without turning on a computer?

Equipment

iPad - synology 212j+ Apple tv 3 (alternative android Phone)

 

 

Rights now it seems to be a sort of "Post computer" Keynote fáil

Apple tv 3, Apple tv 3, iPad 2
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    May 12, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to nesDk)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.

     

    nesDk wrote:

     

    Hos Can i stream my homevideos from my nas to my Apple tv 3, without turning on a computer?

     

    You can't.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    May 13, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to nesDk)

    Afraid it is.

     

    Official AppleTV software cannot access NAS drives and rely on itunes to feed them local content.

  • Avorill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 13, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to Winston Churchill)

    strange Aplle is trying to be Green and by streaming form NAS use much less power.

    It whuld be nice to have NAS where you can iTunes Server with iTunes HomeSharing on to be able to stream from nas instead from a computer and use much less power.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    May 13, 2012 8:05 AM (in response to Avorill)

    It would be nice I agree.  Apple like to have a firm grip over thinsg with iTunes so I can't see it happening.

     

    The NAS boxes that offer iTunes Servers cannot do Home Sharing nor could they 'pair' with the original AppleTV1's.

     

    The only ones that might work would be ones say running Windows server that could also run itunes.

     

    AC

  • Avorill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 13, 2012 8:18 AM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    Don't know how the TimeMachine works don't have one that divice is a type of a nas why can't apple install itunes server with homesharing on it so we can stream from it and when you buy a movie music or anything from itues store it automaticly downloads the content direcly to the TimeMacine instead to computer with iTunes.

     

    And also why can't apple make its own NAS. "Apple iNAS"

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    May 13, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to Avorill)

    I think I've said in the past there'd be a place for an itunes server type NAS from Apple, however with the premiums Apple charge you'd probably be better off getting a Mac Mini.

     

    AC

  • Avorill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 13, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    why buy a hole new computer that is just crazy.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    May 13, 2012 1:45 PM (in response to nesDk)

    What you need to realise, is that the Apple TV's relationship with iTunes is what makes it a class above all the other junk out there. Take that away and you might as well buy another device.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    May 13, 2012 1:58 PM (in response to Avorill)

    Avorill wrote:

     

    why buy a hole new computer that is just crazy.

    My point being that knowing Apple's pricing strategy, you'd probably get a Mac Mini for not far off the cost of an Apple designed iTunes server device, it's relatively low power, could run headless and perfrom a variety of other functions.

     

    This is more a suggestion that I think one of the reasons they don't make one is that it would be darned expensive - if there was one it migt cost not far off that of the Mini.

     

    A netbook with iTunes and some USB drives might be another option !

     

    It's not meant as a serious suggestion, more of an observation.

     

    AC

  • schlitzz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 8, 2012 10:00 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    A nettop is what you are really looking for. And that will be one of the atom based options. It wasn't that long ago when people were getting Leopard (10.5) up and running on a netbook, or nettop. For the most part, you are looking for a machine that can have it's PCIe wirless card swapped out for a native Broadcom card that's recognized as an "Airport" card under Leopard. Brands that allowed this were Samsung, MSI, and others.

     

    MSI might be your best option here, or any other computer, like an older Mac Mini running a PowerPC chip. Leopard (10.5) did run on both Intel and PowerPC systems. So you can Google and hack it onto a MSI nettop (with a wireless card swap), or get an older Mac Mini running PowerPC. Load up iTunes and go.

     

    And both of those options will handle external drives. Have a great weekend. Who know, Apple could announce something else under IOS 6 on June 11, 2012.

     

  • Matt355 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to schlitzz)

    You are 100% correct. A Nettop would be your best bet now. You Just need iTunes running  to serve the Apple TV. So you don't realy need OSX since it will run on windows. I'm using  Windows Home Server 2011 with iTunes running 24/7 to serve my Apple TV 3. Any cheep Atom or E350 Board will work to build one. Synology or Qnap NAS Devices would be perfect for this if they Could serve to the Apple TV directly. But they Don't at this time.

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