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Connecting XBOX 360 to Network HDD


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Is it possible for an XBOX to connect directly with a networked HDD in order to stream music and video?

Basically, I would like to be able to store all my media on one, and not have to worry about always having my PC switched on every time I want to watch a video in my lounge through the XBOX. If you still need the PC to be switched on for it to work though, it defeats the object, and I won't bother...

thanks in advance...


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Not that i'm aware of.

You can use the media player extender to stream music and video to your 360. However, i'm pritty sure you can't browse a networked storage device.

Other than the USB and media player, I don't know of another way to connect to a storage device, wired or wireless.

If you find one though, let us know! :thumbsup:


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yes you can..... had a buffalo linkstation (they have a few models but I think thats what it was called) with twonkymedia installed on it and have since replaced it with a qnap server also with twonkymedia, both nice and small NAS drives connected via ethernet and worked with both the ps3 and xbox360 and used often for music and video with no pc turned on

there are a few other NAS drives that should work and if you search threads here there will be more info but UPnP and DLNA certified are what you are looking for on the NAS


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Is it possible for an XBOX to connect directly with a networked HDD in order to stream music and video?
Yes it is.

I stream media from a ReadyNAS NV+ to the 360 (using the in-built ReadyNAS AV UPnP service).

As gam mentioned, you can also achieve this using TwonkyMedia (from a PC or a Twonky supported device).

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