I just setup an amazing home entertainment and data storage system…for the entire house. After several hours of research and puttering online, I’ve been able to create the perfect system to house all of my photos, music, and videos using Apple TV.
First, this is the hardware I am using:
46″ Samsung LED TV
Bose Cinemate GS Series II Soundsystem
Apple TV 2G
Apple Macbook x 2
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station
D-Link DNS-321 NAS drive with 2x 2TB RAID1 hard drives
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Now here’s how to set everything up:
SETUP THE TV SYSTEM
- After hanging the TV on the wall and hooking up the Bose system, setup the Apple TV by connecting the optical audio directly to the Bose and the HDMI directly to the Samsung TV. Turn on Apple TV to make sure it works.
INSTALL AIRPORT EXPRESS AND THE D-LINK DNS-321 NAS MEDIA STORAGE
- Connect the Airport Extreme base station to your modem or router with an ethernet cable.
- Setup your Airport Extreme wireless mode to “create a wireless network” so that your apple TV can connect to the network.
- Install the D-Link DNS-321
- Install the 2TB drives in the D-Link DNS-321
- Connect the power cables and connect the ethernet cable to the Airport Extreme
- If working on a PC, just insert the CD and follow the directions on the screen to setup the RAID 1 settings
- If working on a Mac with OSX 10.5 or later, you will see the D-Link drive appear in the SHARED location on your finder screen. The icon will look like a little computer screen with the label dlink-6a201b (or something like that). When you click on that, you should see the folder “web_page”. Click on that and then “goweb.htm”. This will launch the NAS setup screen. When the username and password are required, just type “admin” for user and leave the password field blank.
- To setup the RAID drive, click on TOOLS in the top menu. Then click on RAID in the side menu. Then click “set raid type and re-format”. Select Raid 1 so that you will have a backup disk of everything that you put onto the hard drive. It is up to you whether you want to select the “auto rebuild configuration”. I selected to have the auto-rebuild configuration on, so that if one drive ever fails (indicated by an amber light on the unit) then I just need to insert a Apple Extended (journaled) formatted drive and the device will automatically rebuild the new drive.
- Now that you have your drive Raid-1 configured, it’s time to allow the drive to be seen over the network. Keep in mind that I had my computer ethernet cable connected to my modem, which is connected to my Airport Extreme by ethernet. The d-link NAS is connected to the Airport Extreme by ethernet. This step will make the NAS available wirelessly to be used by AppleTV.
- Setup the D-LINK like this
JAILBREAK APPLE TV 2G WITH SEASONPASS
INSTALL ATV FLASH
- ATV Flash is a great add-on for your jailbroken Apple TV. It allows you to install other features such as XBMC, NitoTV and CouchSurfer on your Apple TV. The price for this software is negligible compared to the features available with XBMC alone!
- Download ATV Flash HERE
- After jailbreaking the Apple TV, install ATV Flash. You might need to run the ATV Flash install twice to see it displayed on your Apple TV screen. DO NOT REBOOT THE APPLE TV OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED OUT AND NEED TO BOOTSTRAP YOUR APPLE TV AGAIN TO USE IT. I find that the bootstrapping works really well, the faster that you can connect the cables while installing the software.
INSTALL THE PLUGINS
- I installed NitoTV only. From there, I used NitoTV to install the other plugins like Overflow, Weather, and XBMC. You can also use Couchsurfer, but I found that the system doesn’t work properly on all websites, especially if there are pop-ups…so I opted to keep that plug-in deactivated and save ram.
- I use Overflow to keep my Apple TV home screen looking neat and organized. Afterall, even a jailbroken Apple TV should look as seamless as Apple intended Apple TV to look.
(to be continued)