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October 2nd, 2008, 03:13 PM
How do I read a local share - files on HDD I connect to appleTV via USB - from boxee?
It won;t show up as local share....
SMB folders can be accessed o.k


October 3rd, 2008, 02:48 AM
make sure your appletv can read the local share ...if you are having problems may try this http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8153017�

regarding adding it via boxee ..select Settings>Media Sources>Local Sources then select "Add New Source" browse to the appropriate location(HD) then select "Add Source" ..enter a source name(for example "films") ,select the correct media content (e.g videos checkbox) and click "Add".

From the main screen select the appropriate content (e.g videos) >My Sources and from there your file("films") should be displayed..

October 3rd, 2008, 07:59 AM
one the biggest issues I have with Apple TV is that you can not add external storage to it. it just does not mount. so what i do is connect the additional storage to my desktop... no easy workaround

October 3rd, 2008, 12:06 PM
one the biggest issues I have with Apple TV is that you can not add external storage to it. it just does not mount. so what i do is connect the additional storage to my desktop... no easy workaround

Not true. If you install NitoTV and get your hands on an recovery.dmg (ver 1.0) and run the smart update you can mount a USB drive. I currently have a 500G USB drive connected to my ATV (2.1) which works great.

October 3rd, 2008, 12:49 PM
Of course USB drives can be added. You need to get your command line groove on, and it's not for the faint of heart, but instructions to hack the ATV to get this add-on have been around for quite a while.


October 3rd, 2008, 03:10 PM
hmm, I think I'm gonna get a network storage instead :)

October 5th, 2008, 05:27 AM
Be wary what type of NAS you buy, do some research. I heard there can be problems with streaming speeds with some NAS boxes.

October 5th, 2008, 11:09 AM
didn't know that... what about an atheros based router where I plug a USB storage in?

October 5th, 2008, 11:43 AM
by the way It's a pity boxee has issues with TimeCapsule, since I really like the 1T Time Capsule....)

October 5th, 2008, 12:47 PM
We're working on the TC/Extreme w/USB drive issue. It's a big one for me at Team Boxee too...

Most all routers with SMB storage capabilities that actually *work* should be fine. FreeNAS or storage devices that support UPnP will work too.

October 5th, 2008, 02:02 PM
thanks Dave

October 6th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Is there an easy way to add External USB Support? That wiki seems really hard.

I currently have a patch working but not with 2.2. I'd like to update to Boxee and have my torrents save to the USB External. Is this possible?


October 6th, 2008, 04:57 PM
The best way is to install USB support is to install NitoTV (take 2), upload the 10.4.9.dmg update and the recovery.dmg (must be version 1.0) into the Documents folder on the ATV. Then just run the SmartInstaller in NitoTV. It will do the rest.

October 7th, 2008, 07:59 PM
that sounds a lot easier than that other guide from the first page of the thread. perhaps a screen by screen howto is in order
edit: perhaps it could be in the boxee blog, perhaps it could be by Dave. hmmm :P

October 9th, 2008, 06:13 PM

I have just performed the add of an external HD to my AppleTV, I have found the documentation (step by step with screen images) at the following website:


Once you're on the website, go to the Apple TV section.

My advice is that you should perform Nito TV and AVP installation (this one is very good).

Remark: you have to install "smart installer" from the install menu of Nito TV if you want to make it work (in the document it is not stated clearly)

I am really not a technical person and the documentation is just perfect for my profile.

Good luck

October 21st, 2008, 02:23 AM
Am I going to run into any obvious problems if I try to install NitoTV with Boxee and XMBC already installed?


October 21st, 2008, 05:08 AM
None whatsoever. Everything goes well together:o

October 25th, 2008, 06:02 PM
I installed first NitoTV and i have acces to my usb harddrives

XBMC have acess to this drives ...but Boxee don't, just smb shares from my windows pc.
It's a way to mount a usb harddrive?
I mention because i have a usb hub conected to my AppleTV together with two hfs+ formated harddrives and a DVD unit ..this unit works with Boxee and i run DVD-movies on it.

October 25th, 2008, 06:07 PM
what happens when you go to:
settings > media sources > local sources > add new ?

do they show up there?

October 25th, 2008, 06:14 PM
I have the settings in romanian and menu from settings dissapear

I turn to english and i found add sources menu...right now i see the external usb drive


I Think the localization it's not quite perfect ..i stay in english with my settings from now

October 28th, 2008, 11:37 AM
If the drive is locally connected, it's not going to show up as a share*.

You can navigate to it by adding a new source and then going UP the file hierarchy (by default, you start in your home directory) until you see the folder called "Volumes" and then inside of that, you'll see locally attached storage and be able to browse the folders on it.

*unless you have hacked the aTV to run smbd and shared those folders in your smb.conf... and I've yet to see a reason to even try this if you can just locally browse the drive.