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sneeks
October 6th, 2008, 05:07 PM
I have Boxee installed and working on my ATV but cannot find my Mac within the sources screen. How do I configure this?

Apple TV's own software can see the iTunes library etc without any problem.

I get a Error 2 message within Boxee.

vulkan
October 6th, 2008, 06:08 PM
hi sneeks,
boxee does not (yet) support the native apple file sharing protocol (afp) so you will have to share your files using SMB (check SMB on the advanced options in file sharing).

thanks for this report. and welcome to boxee.

-vulkan.

sneeks
October 6th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Hi Vulkan

I have selected SMB but I still cannot see my iMac from Boxee or XBMC. Do I need to deselect afp or should they be able to work side by side?

vulkan
October 6th, 2008, 06:20 PM
they should be fine side by side.
try "adding a source" (settings->add media source->network source). do you see it from there?
if not hit "manually enter ip/name" and enter the mac's ip. does it see it then?

sneeks
October 6th, 2008, 06:26 PM
No entering the IP does not find the Mac. It's strange because the Apple TV official software can read the iTunes files on my Mac without any problem.

Adding a source does not see my iMac either.

vulkan
October 6th, 2008, 06:29 PM
can you describe your setup with a little more details?
is the atv connected via wi-fi? is there any firewall or special router settings in the middle?

sneeks
October 6th, 2008, 06:31 PM
The ATV is connected via wifi, my router is a Apple Time Capsule.

vulkan
October 6th, 2008, 06:38 PM
well - the only thing i can think of is network performance.
smb has more overhead than afp and maybe under the current network setup both machines just cant "see" each other...
do you have a way to connect the atv via wired connection (even only for testing)?

sneeks
October 6th, 2008, 06:46 PM
Yes I'll connect the ATV using ethernet and report back in 5 minutes.

sneeks
October 6th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Same problem when using ethernet, Boxee cannot see my iMac.

shoesy
October 6th, 2008, 07:30 PM
mine drops in and out as well...

sneeks
October 7th, 2008, 04:12 AM
No luck at all last night, could not get Boxee/XBMC to see my Mac share no matter what settings I changed.
Every other device I use at home has no issue at all in accessing my iMac, even the PS3 can view my Sites folder via the net browser. Very puzzled by it.

marcel
October 7th, 2008, 04:26 AM
hi guys

This is a known bug and we are working on it ...:)

sneeks
October 7th, 2008, 06:01 AM
Are there any workarounds I can try for now in order to view media on the ATV with Boxee? Is it possible to connect to the ATV HDD and copy files to there from my Mac which can then be browsed within Boxee?

marcel
October 7th, 2008, 06:11 AM
check this thread out http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=632

sneeks
October 7th, 2008, 06:41 AM
Will running Medialink on my iMac provide a uPnP connection that Boxee can see?

marcel
October 7th, 2008, 07:01 AM
you can try it you can manually add a upnp:// source for upnp, and additionally, going into Settings > Media Sources > Network Sources > Add New Source should scan for both smb and upnp shares..

sneeks
October 7th, 2008, 07:14 AM
Thanks, I'll give this another try when I get home from work tonight. I really want to get this working as a replacement to using my PS3 for media playback.

marcel
October 7th, 2008, 08:17 AM
no problem... keep me posted..:)

sneeks
October 7th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Ok quick update. uPnP would not work for me using Medialink but oddly after much trial and error Boxee finally connected to my SMB share. I'm not sure why it suddenly started to work as the settings I tried tonight were the same last night. Either way I'm happy that it is working.

Had some teething problems configuring the correct resolution but all is looking great now.

arathorn
October 7th, 2008, 08:54 PM
Boxee can see my computer(G5 PPC) but the shared folder is a lock box, which boxee says has nothing in it. What gives?

marcel
October 8th, 2008, 02:10 AM
@ sneeks great to hear that ....how are you connecting (via time capsule?).

@arathorn how is your setup? did you try "adding a source" (settings->add media source->network source). do you see it from there?
if not hit "manually enter ip/name" and enter the mac's ip. does it see it then?

sneeks
October 8th, 2008, 04:46 AM
@ sneeks great to hear that ....how are you connecting (via time capsule?).


My wifi connection is via the Time Capsule but I am currently accessing my media stored on the internal iMac hdd. I may try and gain share access to the TC hdd but I've read that has proved difficult for others?

marcel
October 8th, 2008, 04:55 AM
this is a known issue which we will fix in future versions...

slayter
October 21st, 2008, 01:22 AM
@sneeks
Any chance you could do me a massive favour and let me know your smb settings (or any screenshots) on your appletv (obviosuly hiding private info)

You've got the exact same set-up as me (Time Capsule as well) and for the life of me I can't get my appletv/boxee to see my macs HD - i'm going slightly mad :eek:

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks mate

Layt

vulkan
October 21st, 2008, 01:30 AM
@slayter - are you running the latest boxee version?

if so - and still do not see the network shares - try manually entering the ip of the host machine.

slayter
October 21st, 2008, 02:40 AM
Hi mate
Thanks for the reply.

Yes, running the latest version - just tried again from scratch and entered the ip address of my time capsule and it can se it!! :D Great stuff.

Now for some playing around.

Thanks for your help.

Slayter

vulkan
October 21st, 2008, 06:38 AM
great! glad you got it working. enjoy :)

biosci
November 14th, 2008, 09:00 PM
What is the proper way to share a folder from the mac to aTV? When I locate my mac, it only wants to display the public folder and then the desktop. I have tried clicking on 'share' in the get information panel of my movies folder but it still didn't show up. Any tips? I'm new to the whole 'sharing' folders type of thing. I even tried dragging in an alias of my movies folder into the drop box.

saint329
November 17th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Okay... someone really needs to consider a general setup guide before there are countless ATVs suffering from SES (Shaken Electronic Syndrome).

I have pretty much wasted my entire evening trying to get at least one feature of this software working. I am now confident in providing a few instructions to fellow Boxee newbies who are using an ATV and trying to connect to the media located on their local machine.

1) Sharing: you must make sure file sharing is enabled. To do this, open the System Preferences pane and check the box next to "File Sharing" but before you leave also click the "Options" button in the lower right corner which appears when you have "File Sharing" selected to the left. Within the "Options" window, you must check "Share files and folders using SMB" which is the default sharing protocol of Boxee. Click "Done" and close the System Preferences pane.

2) Launch Boxee and select "Settings" from the menu located on the left side of the screen.

3) In the screen that pops-up, select "Media Sources and Applications" which should be the top left menu, highlighted by default as you enter Settings.

4) In the next window select "Network Sources" and then "Add New Source." It should now show the name of your local computer. If it does not, hit "Rescan Source." Lather, rinse and repeat as it sometimes pops-up for me on the first try and other times on the 5th or 6th rescan. I suspect this has to do with your network connection. Regardless, if you did enable SMB file sharing on your local computer it should now be accessible.

5) Navigate to the folder you want shared on the left and then click "Add Source" on the right. You should now get a Source Name and Source Location window with several checkbox options of media types below. Select what you want and then click the "Add" button in the bottom-left corner.

***
This is as far as I have made it and from what I understand Boxee's scanning is like a little old lady with a walker trying to cross a busy intersection. Rather than watch her I am going to read more in the forums to try and determine why I have NO streaming options available whatsoever. I will likely revisit this and update with notes on success or failure but hope this will spare some other ATV users the frustration I experienced today.

-Saint

marcel
November 17th, 2008, 07:59 AM
great ..saint329 please add more help guides ..you can also add it to the wiki (Agentlame or iBog can assist you )...:)we will try and give the old lady an electric wheelchair for future versions..

iBog
November 17th, 2008, 10:33 AM
I've created a few video tutorials and posted on Youtube (I can't recall the exact URL). They cover what you've just discovered.

The next tip is to make sure your media is named something like TITLE.(YEAR).EXTENSION (for movies) or TITLE.S##E##.EXTENSION (for tv shows).

iBog
November 17th, 2008, 10:35 AM
we'd love to see you contribute to the wiki at wiki.boxee.org. Just register for an account and you can start adding and editing pages. Maybe we can create a quick start section?

marcel
November 17th, 2008, 02:56 PM
iBog ..i am really looking forward to that tutorial:)

saint329
November 17th, 2008, 08:05 PM
I've created a few video tutorials and posted on Youtube (I can't recall the exact URL). They cover what you've just discovered.

The next tip is to make sure your media is named something like TITLE.(YEAR).EXTENSION (for movies) or TITLE.S##E##.EXTENSION (for tv shows).

Thanks iBog, I just wanted to clarify if the parenthesis are actually required or if they were only used to emphasize you wanted the year of release, rather than word year?

Does a website exist that lists the proper information or way to tag files? I have several DVD series box sets I would like to rip and put on my computer but can't seem to find proper instructions for tagging them.

marcel
November 18th, 2008, 04:03 AM
the site is http://wiki.boxee.tv and we are trying to build the site ..what you wrote will help..:)

agentlame
November 18th, 2008, 03:27 PM
Thanks iBog, I just wanted to clarify that the parenthesis aren't actually required but were only used to emphasis you wanted the year of release, rather than word year, correct?

Does a website exist that lists the proper information or way to tag files? I have several DVD series box sets I would like to rip and put on my computer but can't seem to find proper instructions for tagging them.

the parenthesis should be included in the final file name... they are used to differentiate between the year and the actual title.

ie: Hancock (2008).avi

zerock
November 19th, 2008, 06:41 AM
I have found some files are not indexed from my mac... will try to restart boxee..maybe that will help

rlyon72
November 22nd, 2008, 01:45 PM
Okay... someone really needs to consider a general setup guide before there are countless ATVs suffering from SES (Shaken Electronic Syndrome).

I have pretty much wasted my entire evening trying to get at least one feature of this software working. I am now confident in providing a few instructions to fellow Boxee newbies who are using an ATV and trying to connect to the media located on their local machine.

1) Sharing: you must make sure file sharing is enabled. To do this, open the System Preferences pane and check the box next to "File Sharing" but before you leave also click the "Options" button in the lower right corner which appears when you have "File Sharing" selected to the left. Within the "Options" window, you must check "Share files and folders using SMB" which is the default sharing protocol of Boxee. Click "Done" and close the System Preferences pane.

2) Launch Boxee and select "Settings" from the menu located on the left side of the screen.

3) In the screen that pops-up, select "Media Sources and Applications" which should be the top left menu, highlighted by default as you enter Settings.

4) In the next window select "Network Sources" and then "Add New Source." It should now show the name of your local computer. If it does not, hit "Rescan Source." Lather, rinse and repeat as it sometimes pops-up for me on the first try and other times on the 5th or 6th rescan. I suspect this has to do with your network connection. Regardless, if you did enable SMB file sharing on your local computer it should now be accessible.

5) Navigate to the folder you want shared on the left and then click "Add Source" on the right. You should now get a Source Name and Source Location window with several checkbox options of media types below. Select what you want and then click the "Add" button in the bottom-left corner.

***
This is as far as I have made it and from what I understand Boxee's scanning is like a little old lady with a walker trying to cross a busy intersection. Rather than watch her I am going to read more in the forums to try and determine why I have NO streaming options available whatsoever. I will likely revisit this and update with notes on success or failure but hope this will spare some other ATV users the frustration I experienced today.

-Saint


Thanks! I could not connect until I read the 'sharing for SMB' option in system prefs. Should definately be a sticky.

Two issues remain however-
I can connect and then navigate to my Drop Box folder on my networked computer, but I get a retrieving error when trying to open the Drop Box folder. What can I trouble shoot?

Other issue is watching Hulu, I get very shaky/stuttering playback. I connected via ethernet.

Bulldog93
November 24th, 2008, 11:57 PM
http://macs.about.com/od/macwindows/ss/sharemacfilesxp_3.htm

biosci
November 25th, 2008, 12:35 AM
I was having the same issues about only going into the drop box.

Simply make sure you have another folder 'Shared'. Do this by selecting the folder and doing 'get info'. Click the checkbox marked 'shared folder'.

Once you have done this, go down to sharing & permissions. Unlock the lock icon so you can make everyone (under Name column) have read only privileges.

Again, this is assuming you already have SMB enabled.

In addition, you can go to File Sharing preferences, and manually add your shared folders from there and adjust the users who have access to them.

Once this has been done, you can add the source in boxee.

I've only had Boxee for about a week playing with it only on weekends but this is what I have found to work on our network here at home.

I hope this helps people out there...

Mike

majed
December 4th, 2008, 07:33 AM
I have the same problem. My ATV is connected via wifi and my powerbook is also connected through the same network via wifi. I'm trying to make boxee check my Movies folder so I can watch them through ATV

biosci
December 6th, 2008, 03:42 AM
Did my post above yours help?