Hello! My wife recently won a 16gb Ipad off a radio station and we had a few questions. First off I apologize if this has been posted elsewhere; I've done several google searches and looked through the stickies for a definitive answer.
Neither of us use ITunes or have any apple products. We have a small home network of 3 pc's and an Xbox 360 that we use to share pictures, music and stream videos. We're trying to decide if it's worth keeping this device or rather Ebay it and buy a new laptop. I can not seem to find a simple yes or no answer on if the Ipad will be able to stream videos from our home network?
I see there are a few 'apps' that you can purchase that might or might not stream vids, but can the Ipad itself do it without these? I'd rather not go through a load of hassle having to convert mkv, avi, ogg, etc files to whatever the Ipad needs to read and then have to transfer them. It would be a definitive keeper for us if it has the ability to stream like our Xbox 360 does from our network with Pictures, Music and Video.
Another question is how does one transfer files from your home network/pc to the Ipad? I see suggestions of emailing pictures and music, which seems a little crazy for what should be an easy plug in fix? The Apple site shows it comes with a "Dock Connector to USB Cable" - is this not a simple usb transfer cable one could use to transfer files? Can't the Ipad simply connect to our network and open up a folder and copy + paste? We're a little bewildered as PC users to the difficulty we've had in finding out answers to what seem to be easy questions. Then again we're clueless when it comes to Apple products, which is largely the issue .
Again we're not very familiar with Apple products, so please excuse our ignorance. Thank you for any and all help/tips!