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  1. #1
    Apple TV problems - sharing - consistency
    This particular Apple TV box is a 3.

    When this works it's just great. BUT how many times has it not been able/capable of playing nice?

    The 'turn Home Sharing on" dialogue is an albatross for me.

    I've restarted ATV box, reset box, done an A/C power cycle on the box and have sworn at the box [this is the most fun!]

    I've checked 'my sharing prefs' powered off my computer, powered on my computer, done a restart of my computer, done a power cycle, too.

    Restarted router.

    [I'm hard-wired] No Air-Play or 'Mirroring possible because of age of iMac. [2011] [running High Sierra]

    This time nothing works!

    An aside: I'm an Apple fan-boy and have been since 1990 but iTunes and Apple TV have just about done my head in.

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    Apple TV problems - sharing - consistency
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    Doing all of that restarting, rebooting, powering on and off won't change the age of the iMac, which is the fundamental cause of the error message. You didn't say what you are trying to do, exactly, but I'm going to assume you want to use AirPlay from your 2011 iMac to the ATV. Here is an article on the requirements for AirPlay. Is your iMac supposed to be capable?

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201343
    Jake

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    Quote: [I'm hard-wired] No Air-Play or 'Mirroring possible because of age of iMac. [2011] [running High Sierra]

    Thanks.

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    Have you tried any of the resets?

    NVRAM, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063.
    SMC, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295.

    If they don't help on the first attempt, try multiple times in a row.
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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    But AirPlay doesn't use the hard-wire connection, AFAIK. It's a WiFi feature. Hence the "air" in AirPlay. Here is Apple's article on it where it says pretty clearly that the devices connect over the WiFI network: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201343

    And the earliest iMac that is supported is the mid-2011 version. I know you said yours is 2011, but is it a mid-2011? Click on the  in the upper left corner, then About This Mac and see what model it really is. If it's not a mid-2011 or later, it doesn't support AirPlay.
    Jake

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    Jake, OP, is only trying to share between iMac and Apple TV3. Not using AirPlay, shouldn’t need it with wired connection.
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    Bob, I was going on the error message. Something he is doing is triggering AirPlay for him to get that error message.

    Home sharing shares iTunes media, I think, and nothing else. So music, pictures, movies. But not the screen. That's AirPlay. ExRobotGuy didn't say what the problem really was, specifically, just that it didn't work and he got that message. Hence, my assumption that he was trying to show the Mac screen or music sounds from the Mac on the ATV, which does require AirPlay.

    https://www.apple.com/support/homesharing/getstarted/
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202190

    There really isn't much setup to do and it either works or it doesn't.
    Jake

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    Thanks to all of the above.

    ferrarr: I''ll try that [NVRAM, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063.
    SMC, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295.

    I'm getting a new iMac in the new year so might wait to see how that works. The most frustrating thing is that I'm NEVER sure if it will work or not. There are so many variables and that makes for trouble.

    Thanks again folks.

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