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Anyone successful in setting up a shared hard drive for iTunes using AEBS?

Asked by sndfreQ (11729points) September 29th, 2007 from iPhone

I experience serious lag when trying to use the shared disk on any machine for iTunes but pplseem to say they don’t have plms; should clarify that this occurs on both wired and wireless CPU’s on an Airport Extreme Base Station all macs

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chadwithuhc's avatar

it could be a slow Internet connection. The ISP’s usually have multiple speeds you can sign up for so you may have broadband Internet but be on the low side compared to the faster speeds they offer. Or is your router a wireless b or g? G would help it a little bit if you don’t already have one.

snej's avatar

No, Chad, the Internet connection has nothing to do with it because the traffic between your computer and the disk attached to the base station doesn’t go over the Internet.

I’ve tried this setup too. I found that the file sharing performance of the base station is incredibly poor—even in the best-case scenario, while copying a large file, it could only use 25% of the available bandwidth. So I moved the disk to another computer on my network (an old G4 Mac Mini), turned on File Sharing on that computer, and I get much better performance.

I’m hoping that Apple can improve the base station’s file sharing performance in a future firmware upgrade, but I’m not holding my breath.

sndfreQ's avatar

@snej:
I feel ya…same result here; about the only thing that USB port would be good for is for automated backups while I’m asleep. I know with Lepars there’s supposed to be some advanced version of file sharing even over WAN; guess we’ll have to wait another few weeks…since my home network is all wireless I was considering upgrading from my current AEBS to the all-gigabit N revision; after picking up my current one I realized it was only gigabit on the wired ports. Gotta love planned obsolescence…

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