01-12-2014, 11:43 AM #31
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- Jan 20, 2012
- North Carolina
- MBP 13" (2013); 2.6 GHz i5; 8 GB RAM; SSD 256 GB; OS 10.10.5
Hello again - yes, the Airport Extreme is the Apple router by itself - I have the flat previous model which is 802.11 b/g/n - the newer 'vertical' one adds the newest 'ac' protocol. Apple simply decided on a new design for their top of the line routers (w/ or w/o storage) - don't know why - possibly for placement of multiple antennas?
Well, a Wi-Fi connection to the internet does make a big difference - And you're right about the SD cards, the 32 GB ones are fairly inexpensive but might hold just a half dozen movies, depending on their length & compression software used - we did not know 'how many' movies you wanted, but from below up to 200 - that would be a LOT of SD cards, so the AirStash device I mentioned (which can 'stream' movies to your iPad) would not be a great option for you.
You're really 'beating your head against the wall' over this router issue - you don't need a router just a 'Wi-Fi' network & the appropriate app(s) on your iPad to use either the AirStash, the Apotop Wi-Reader, or something like the Seagate GoFlex. If you have 'super' antennas to pick up 'public' Wi-Fi in your motorhome, then I'm assuming you will have a device that will broadcast the signal in you motorhome for use w/ the iPad?
BUT, if you want 200 movies and the movies are about 2 hrs long each, you'll need 400 hours to transfer these movies from a DVR (which still has not been resolved) to whatever media you decide to use? Now a single sided DVD-R holds about 4.7 GB of video; of course, depending on your video compression software, file size might be reduced to half of that size - I just checked two of my DVD-Rs (from the TCM channel; each a 2 hr film) and nearly all of that space was used; thus, using 4 GB/movie x 200 = 800 GB, so a 1TB external HD would be your minimum requirement, again cheap if you go w/ nearly any brand these days. Dave
01-13-2014, 04:58 AM #32
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- Oct 01, 2007
- 27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.10, iPhone6, iPad Air 2, AppleTV2
Just to chip in again. Most routers will not connect to free wifi and re-broadcast it to it's connected devices.
Even if you use a router/bridge than can connect and rebroadcast wifi (like a TP-Link nano router for example) many cannot connect to 'free' commercial wifi as there is often an authentication process (username, tel no, tick this box for terms and conditions etc) that the router can't handle.
In this instance you'd need to connect directly to the free wifi from you're iPad not via the router.External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup
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