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Wireless Network with External HD, TV and PC

by NickyCaps / July 18, 2013 6:23 AM PDT

Hello all!

I'm moving into a new home and looking to set up a network from scratch. I have tried doing lots of research but so much new technology has come out since I last upgraded my hardware it's difficult to know how to go about this.

I would like to establish a wireless home network where I can access files from a hard drive from both my PC and my TV. Buying a hard drive and hooking it up to a router for PC access is easy. The more difficult part is playing/streaming media from my hard drive wirelessly from my TV. TVs don't have the capability of playing video files directly from a hard drive which is where I'm stuck. I should also mention I'm not trying to use my computer to play files on the TV because I don't want to have my PC running all the time. I've looked into drives like the WD My Book Live and the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex but I'm not really sure what the best way to go about this would be. I need to buy a new TV, router and hard drive. I'd rather get it right the first time around. Any suggestions?


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Run away (Monty Python)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2013 6:50 AM PDT

Or just "Run!" (Doctor Who)

While we can get all this connected the next brick wall is that Smart TVs or a (smart?) BluRay player only supports a short list of "encoding" for the media. This seems to upset folk that often reply "it plays on my PC" when it fails on the new Smart HDTV (or bluray or other thing.)

As it stands I like the Apple TV and it seems more capable than most things and will connect to your network. As to the network drive I have a simple 500GB USB HDD on my WNDR3800. I know it supports larger but 500GB is more than enough and as you know, network transfer speeds are a fraction of your local drives.

So I like the Apple TV, ignore the usual Smart HDTV devices since they are rather bad at decoding.

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Re: Monty Python
by NickyCaps / July 18, 2013 7:02 AM PDT

So you're saying if I connect an Apple TV to my TV, that it can play movies on my TV that are stored on a hard drive connected to my router?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2013 7:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Monty Python

There are many reasons for this to fail. Encoding is the area that seems to be the biggest reason for this to fail.

I don't want to upset folk but you have to be careful about that and can't through anything at it and it play as your PC is far more capable.

" we use an AppleTv2, with no streaming problems or loading delays " is notable at:

I think mine was around the 100 mark at (same price as the Apple TV?)

PS. Forget to mention Handbrake. No, I only mentioned it. Yes, that's it. Yes, I'm just mentioning the name.

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