mutliple apple tvs and some sort of server.. ideas?????

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  1. LOUDSYSTEM

    LOUDSYSTEM New Member

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    k so heres what i do now

    most of my clients homes have a rack with a stack of cable boxes and dvd changers etc, all of the amps. media storage etc is all in that rack and then a component video switcher distributes the video to the tvs int he room and its all controlled by an automation system


    so heres my idea.. take 3 or 4 apple tvs and put them in the rack and use the AV outs into the proper equipment so any tv in the house can select them

    k so that parts fine heres my question

    lets say i want to make it so the clients can stream their movies more than anything so for now lets say F music and just focus on video

    SOOO lets say we have 4 Apple tvs what would be the best way to stream movies to them and also store the movies... since we dont want to store them on the apple tvs directly ( not enough storage ) what does OT MAC nerds recommend?

    The apple tv has to sync to itunes so would it be best to order a big Mac Pro with tons of data storage? or what? Wouldnt you run into issues if you are trying to stream 3 or 4 movies at once via ethernet????

    HELP

    kthx
     
  2. Euclid

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    Sounds cool. Supposedly the appletv will stream fine with 54 Mbps (802.11g), but if you anticipate multiple streams then I don't think it would be a good idea to use 10/100 ethernet; gotta go gigabit (1000 Mbps) the whole way.

    Maybe Apple can tell you more about how well it would work though... I'm assuming that iTunes will stream video to more than one device, but who knows what kind of resources that will take. :dunno:
     
  3. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    You don't need a mac pro.....

    The apple TV is doing all of the decoding work. A mac mini + infrant readyNAS or something would be good.
     
  4. xenon supra

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    yeah, an iMac or a Mac mini should do the trick, just pick up like a 1TB external drive or somethig.
     
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    Sounds awful complicated. Couldnt you use a vista windows media player machine, or a dedicated entertainment pc with a mirrored array to store everything?
     
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    :gtfo:
     
  7. Tvan

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    :ugh: vista
     
  8. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    :rofl:
     
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    i want more than 1 output and dont want windows anything
     
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    :gtfo2:
     
  11. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    if they're already rack-based, then XServe + XRAID ftmfw :bigthumb: they gotta be loaded amirite?
     

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