5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 28, 2013 2:12 PM by John Lockwood
Stratiegery01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

As the digital world keeps ever growing, I've found the need and practicality for storage on a NAS device. Similar to TimeCapsule I suppose though never have I asked the difference. On this NAS I keep my iTunes library and use the iTunes app on my laptop to play media.

 

My question is if Apple TV can connect directly to the NAS library and play files? Instead of the alternative connection method: NAS > router > laptop > router > A-TV. If the 'alternative' is in fact the only method available for streaming, will this affect latency or adversly compress the audio quality?


AppleTV 2, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • 1. Re: Can AppleTV connect to a NAS?
    Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,985 points)

    My question is if Apple TV can connect directly to the NAS library and play files?

    No.

  • 2. Re: Can AppleTV connect to a NAS?
    diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,935 points)

    The ATV can only play content on the local network via iTunes running on a computer.  It cannot connect directly to a NAS or TimeCapsule for streaming of content.

  • 3. Re: Can AppleTV connect to a NAS?
    John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Most NAS boxes still include a version of Firefly based on mt-daapd, the Apple TV cannot connect to either. However an alternative piece of software called forked-daapd can in theory be used by the Apple TV.

     

    As I said most NAS boxes only include Firefly but I believe someone has successfully ported forked-daapd to run on QNAP boxes. The forked-daapd code is available freely (it is open-source) so potentially people could port it to others, someone has even ported it to run on a RaspberryPI. However the orginal author of forked-daapd seems to have abandoned it.

     

    I would like to see it run on a NetGear ReadyNAS, hint, hint. Hmm, just checked, it looks like the new 516 ReadyNAS which has a totally new operating system compared to previous models now includes forked-daapd. This might persuade me to replace my old model. I still wish they added it to the ReadyNAS Pro family as well.

  • 4. Re: Can AppleTV connect to a NAS?
    Stratiegery01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks all for clearing up the first half.

     

    Then if I am forced to run ATV through iTunes, will there be latency/compression issues on wireless networks with pre-802.11ac tech? I think I am running 802.11b/g which i know is old as ****, but thats what most routers these days come with if you opt for OEM equipment directly from BT or AT&T.

  • 5. Re: Can AppleTV connect to a NAS?
    John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    802.11g should cope with standard resolution videos as long as not to many other devices are using it at the same time. However 802.11n or better would be needed for high-def.

     

    I personally have a WiFi network but have my Apple TV plugged in to Gigabit Ethernet.