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is a network (wifi or wired) need to use an apple tv 2?

2679 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2011 8:59 PM by dmule RSS
dmule Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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Nov 14, 2011 7:56 AM

so my question is if i want to only use my ipad 2 to "airplay" or "mirror " (for that fact) content (movies, music, pictures etc.) to my apple tv 2, do i need to have a network connection (wifi or wired) for it work...so like if i want to use my apple tv 2 in a hotel, or a relatives house that doesn't have "network"?

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)

    Unfortunately yes - you need a wireless LAN at a minimum.

     

    iPads cannot set up an ad hoc network with AppleTVs.

     

    AppleTVs can't connect to wi-fi using web based login screens in hotels, though could connect to a network where you knew username/password.

     

    You might consider a small mi-fi type device that can behave as a portable router.

     

    Worth pointing out that in general AppleTV2 also requires an internet not just a LAN connection to play protected content needing authorisation.

     

    AC

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    Nov 14, 2011 10:10 AM (in response to dmule)

    Airport Express would create the network fine, though I've a funny feeling setting up Home Sharing requires an internet connection.

     

    One free thing you could try is to enable a Personal Hotspot (like a mi-fi router) from your iPhone 4 if your contract allows internet sharing and connect AppleTV (and iPad) to the iPhone 4's wi-fi hotspot - this might solve all issues!

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)

    Not sure the hotspot route will work, although I guess I should check it out first before saying so. Ad hoc networks from a computer won't work and needs to be an internet sharing set up instead.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)

    Winston Churchill wrote:

     

    Not sure the hotspot route will work, although I guess I should check it out first before saying so. Ad hoc networks from a computer won't work and needs to be an internet sharing set up instead.

    Ad hoc with internet sharing (say from ethernet or 3G dongle) will work though.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)

    Winston Churchill wrote:

     

    Not sure the hotspot route will work, although I guess I should check it out first before saying so.

    If it does it'd be a good 'on the road' solution.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:45 PM (in response to dmule)

    dmule wrote:

     

    let me know if it works. like alley cat said it would make a good "on the road" solution if it works

    Assume you don't have the hardware to test it (not being critical, just less hassle to test where there's no wi-fi already in some ways - it would take minutes to try it). I know iPhone to iPad Personal Hotspot works as i've used it from iphone 4 to iPad 1 (and stopped using my mi-fi device or iPad 3G SIM since as it was cheaper getting a monthly PAYG from 3 in UK - typically my PAYG has just run out as I'm reconfiguring handsets between myself and Mrs AC - she may get an upgrade from the original iPhone soon ;-))) )

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)

    I actually meant did you have an iPhone 4/4S and an AppleTV (plus/minus iPad).

     

    Enable Personal Hotspot on an AppleTV2 in wi-fi settings (disable your local wi-fi router).

     

    Set up AppleTV2 with the iPhone 4 personal hotspot credentials.  Same for iPad.

     

    Test if Airplay works using the iPhone 4 as the 'router' for the lot.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)

    I was all set to try with my new iPhone 4S but couldn't enable Personal Hotspot as those stingy old things at O2 won't allow it on my very old contract with unlimited data - grrr!

     

    The iPhone 4 I'm giving to Mrs AC had a cheap PAYG monthly top up SIM from 3 UK that worked with Personal Hotspot just fine and had unlimited data, unfortunately that expired yesterday as I was moving her O2 plan to the iPhone 4.

     

    Looks like I'll be reappraising my links with O2.

     

    AC

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