Firstly my set-up:
I currently have a Mac Mini under my TV (in my living room) which is almost entirely used for playing back video content. I’m thinking of moving to an ATV as it represents a better 10ft UI/experience. I have a fair amount of video content, some of which is in .avi format (have been using Boxee on my Mac Mini to view this)
My network set up is:
iMac situated in my home office.
Routers (ISP supplied modem/router attached to Time Capsule which is in bridge mode)
200Mbps powerline adaptors
Apple TV will be attached to a Netgear 4 port Powerline switch/hub
I want to put all my video content on a separate 2TB hard disk. My question is around the best way to do this in a way that is most compatible with aTV Flash. My options are:
USB drive attached to the iMac (cheap option)
FireWire drive attached to the iMac
NAS attached to the 4 port Netgear Powerline switch/hub (assuming this would be better than attaching a NAS anywhere else…?)
USB drive attached to ATV
Although the ATV flash looks like the best option right now I also want to keep my options open for any alternative option I may want to move to in the future.
What d’you reckon? Which is the best option and set up?
One other complication/question: my wife and I have our own user account on the iMac. If I attached a drive to the iMac will ATV Flash need the iMac to be logged in to a specific user account, or will it ‘see’ the drive regardless of wuxi user is logged in?