Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:08 PM
Soooo... my girlfriend is a disciple of Mac and, of course, I can't live without a PC. I'm looking for a way to put our videos/music/pictures/downloads all in a single network location for all my PCs and all her Macs to access from either WiFi or cabled network.
I know nothing about Macs... Is that even possible?
Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:26 AM
You would need to be careful and find one that is compatible with both PC and Apple, but the rest should be fairly simple.
I googled and found this:
Might not be up to date, but probably worth reading
Mac Compatibility Not all NAS drives play nice with Macs. In the NAS world, SMB (Server Message Block), a Windows file-sharing protocol, rules. Macs can use it, but due to some file-naming restrictions, you may have to rename some files. Macs use AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) for file sharing, so look for NAS drives that support it—some support Bonjour (OS X’s built-in networking protocol for local network devices), too. For configuring ease, most NAS drives come with software or a Web browser-based wizard that’ll walk you through the process, but some setups can be tricky—especially if the device doesn’t support AFP.
Drive Facility NAS devices have either a preinstalled hard drive or an empty enclosure that lets you dictate the storage capacity (you’ll need to purchase an internal hard drive and install it yourself, but you could save some money by going this route).
Extra Features Many NAS drives offer additional benefits. If you want to offload your music, movies, and photos onto a centralized server and stream content to multiple computers, look for NAS drives with media server functionality (many support iTunes streaming). If you want to back up files, look for a drive that provides backup capability through software, a USB port to connect an external hard drive, or RAID support (only a few support Time Machine, which requires a Mac-only HFS+ formatted drive). If you want to access the drive remotely, look for a model that offers access over the Internet or FTP.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:12 AM
there are lots of ways this can be accomplished, if you only want to share on your local lan and don't want to spend money on new hardware then i'd just put them in a local folder on a single pc and then share it with the mac and any other pc's on your network.
if you want to share them over the web then i'd probably setup a secure ftp server on one of your pc's, i'd probably use filezilla.
a quick google search should give you all the info you'll need, like i said lots of ways to share content amongst different os types, using linux i had to learn about such things too.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:54 PM
They offer a variety of media support, like iTunes server, Audio station support, and video support. They even have iOS and Andriod apps so you can connect from your phone or tablet.
More details on their website