Originally Posted by iGenius
That's very cool. So do you use the mini essentially as a media server? How is it connected to the playback devices?
Wait - I reread what was quoted - the mini is not authorized to play any media? So what do you do with it? Is it just for mass storage?
The Media Server Mini is located anywhere there are 3 outlets (Mini and 2 external drives-- there is no KB, Mouse or display). Mine happens to be in a China cabinet in the dining room.
The Media Server shows up as a shared device in everyone's iTunes:
Everything communicates through 811n WiFi.
DR - Mac Mini (media Server) 1,000 videos (DVDS, TV shows, Music Videos, Home Moveis, 3 kids soccer); 11,000 photos; 10,000 songs.
DR - Airport Express to Bose HI-Fi (Speakers)
LR - Airport Express to B&O HiFi (Speakers)
Office - Main iMac 27
, Cinema Display, 20TB of external HDD, spare iMac 20
FR- Family iMac 20
FR- Comcast Cable/ Modem Airport Extreme
iPhone Media dock, Sony HDTV, SDTV, Wii, GameCube, Mac Mini (EyeTV
BR1- iMac 17
, Tivo, TV
BR2- iMac 20
BR3- iMac (no WiFi)
Roving/Backyard- Airport Express to Apple iPod Hi-Fi (speakers), MacBook 17.These devices are authorized to play purchased iTunes content.
Any computer or the AppleTV can stream audio to selected or all Airport Express speakers and the AppleTV/HTDV speakers.
In our location, Comcast Cable cannot support any more cable devices (TVs, DVRs, VHS/DVD Players because of signal degradation. We tend to use iMacs to play movies in the bedrooms over WiFi.