View Full Version : Is AppleTV/Boxee for me?
October 30th, 2008, 12:00 PM
Considering the purchase of an AppleTV to run Boxee on, but have a quick question that possibly someone here can answer: After applying the patch to the AppleTV to allow it to read an external USB hard drive, is it possible to actually attach a USB hub to that port to allow for multiple USB hard drives?
Many thanks in advance!
October 30th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Which USB patch do you want to apply to support external HDDs?
October 30th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Actually wasn't aware there was more than one. Is there a specific one I should use to enable multiple HDDs and a USB hub?
October 30th, 2008, 02:25 PM
I know of the following:
I haven't used them so I can't comment on how well it works on the latest Apple TV firmware with Boxee (though I'd follow the awkwardtv wiki).
I've never even connected hard drives via a USB hub. If it works with a hub in Mac OS X, I tihnk it may work on the Apple TV.
You may want to check out the support forums for those patches to see how they work.
October 30th, 2008, 02:31 PM
Actually, installed Boxee and XBMC on a MacBookPro and it found my attached Firewire drives (daisy chained), but am still curious about the multiple HDDs on an AppleTV. Right now I'm using an old, pre-Intel mini, but the lack of a suitable remote situation is what hurts that setup (plus no Boxee or XBMC).
Thanks for the response. Still curious if anyone else has a def. answer.
October 30th, 2008, 07:06 PM
the aTV works pretty well, with a few exceptions. The aTV does not like to play back 720p stuff, and some of the online streaming videos don't play well either. I also can't get my atv to mount afp share points, only smb. I think i read somewhere that I need to patch or downgrade it to enable afp, i just haven't looked too had into that. I think if i were to do it again, I would use a mac mini instead, so I can have a dvd player, and better 720p playback.
October 30th, 2008, 09:58 PM
wcmessenger you can connect usb hubs and use several usb drives. they must be formatted HFS+ to mount. Take a look at this thread to enable usb.
October 30th, 2008, 10:38 PM
the aTV works pretty well, with a few exceptions. The aTV does not like to play back 720p stuff
It works on a 720p mp4 I threw at it just fine. Not H.264 encoded since H.264 takes a lot more cpu to decode the mpeg4.
October 31st, 2008, 07:40 AM
Many thanks, all, that's the info I needed!
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