New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Other Hardware and Peripherals Other Apple systems and peripherals discussions including the Apple Watch.

Connect AppleTV to iMac wirelessly without Router

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posts: 3
BLAZN420 is on a distinguished road

BLAZN420 is offline
I've been searching the forums for a bit and could not find any specific information regarding this topic.

Basically I just got an Apple TV last night and was trying to connect it directly to my iMac using the iMac's 802.11n Airport Card. I created a network with the airport card. But my Apple TV could not find the newly created network even when I manually entered the network name.

After a while I decided to just let it connect to my wireless G router. Aside from 54mbs being painfully slow to sync my movies, I found that it connects and disconnects and never completes a sync. Eventually I just connected a ethernet cable directly to the router for the initial sync.

So basically I was wondering if anyone had any success connecting there Apple TV directly to there MAC wirelessly using the internal airport card on there mac.
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posts: 3
BLAZN420 is on a distinguished road

BLAZN420 is offline
I did some more tinkering and I figured out where I went wrong, I set up the network on the Airport Card but I did not share the ethernet through the airport. Once I did that the network appeared on iTV and I was able to sync directly from the internal iMac Airport to the Apple TV. 802.11n is impressively fast.
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Oct 18, 2006
Location: Perth, Scotland
Posts: 24
Jackcu is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 20-inch 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac

Jackcu is offline
I think I have the opposite problem. I wanted my Apple TV to wirelessly connect to my router, but it couldn't find it. While trying to figure out what was wrong, I turned on the wireless on my iMac (it is wired to the router via ethernet) and it connected with no problem.


QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posts: 3
BLAZN420 is on a distinguished road

BLAZN420 is offline
Check your router settings, some routers dont broadcast there SSID and it wont show on the list. Did you try to manual enter your router information from the apple tv menu?
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posts: 1
laloosh is on a distinguished road

laloosh is offline
Thanks to BLAZN420 for the solution. Here is a more detailed work up of solving the problems for noobies like me:

Here's how to use your Mac to share your internet connection with your AppleTv:

Make sure you're connected to the internet via something other than the AirPort card (i.e. Ethernet).

Turn on Internet Sharing:

Go to System Preferences, click on the Sharing icon, then click on the Internet tab.

Change the Share your connection from: pop-up to 'Built-in Ethernet.'

Under the To computers using section, check the AirPort box.

Click Airport options...

Enter an easy name such as nds. Leave all the security options blank -- implementing security is an exercise left to the reader -- then click OK.

Click Start in the Internet Sharing panel.

Apple TV should now see the newly created network. If it does not automatically connect to ITunes:

Close ITunes. Select Terminal program under Applications->Utilities->Terminal. Type "Ping X.X.X.X" (The "X" represents the DHCP address which can be found on the Apple TV it usually looks like Press return. You should see the .ms connection speed:

64 bytes from icmp_seq=909 ttl=64 time=21.025 ms

Reopen ITunes and after a moment the Apple TV should appear in the devices menu and start synching.

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« MacBook Pro to Apple 30" Display | USB Flash Drive Uncooperative »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Can't connect my iMac G3 to the internet (ethernet/OS X 10.1) cromagarmy Internet, Networking, and Wireless 1 01-27-2007 08:55 AM
Connecting iMac G3 with linksys router wirelessly youngwun0 Internet, Networking, and Wireless 0 12-26-2006 09:44 PM
Apple Pulls Plug on Original iMac schweb Apple Rumors and Reports 7 09-13-2006 04:38 PM
how to connect Sony DCR-DVD305 to iMac? lakeside Movies and Video 8 08-20-2006 03:05 PM
Is it worth to switch from iMac G4 to iMac G5?? Mainyehc Apple Desktops 12 03-13-2006 06:21 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?