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Ethernet Port on Apple TV 2

1871 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2012 2:59 PM by Taghkanic RSS
kosmo126 Calculating status...
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Dec 4, 2011 1:39 AM

If the Apple TV 2 is connected to my home network wirelessly, is there any way to use the vacant Ethernet port on the Apple TV 2 to extend the network - for example to connect to a Blu-Ray player for firmware updates, online features, etc?  I can do latter with an AirPort Express but wondered if i could use Ethernet port on Apple 2 to do the same?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    Dec 4, 2011 1:46 AM (in response to kosmo126)

    No, it wont do that.

     

    In fact ethernet plugged in disables wireless.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    Dec 4, 2011 1:56 AM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    In some ways it would be neat if it could do so though maybe it would dent the sales of the Express.

     

    iOS must have some kind of internet sharing support embedded as we can share over wifi from iPhones.

     

    May be worth sending an enhancement request, it might be feasible you never know.

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/appletv.html

  • bbucy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2011 2:50 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    Alley_Cat wrote:

     

    In some ways it would be neat if it could do so......

    Especially given these new Networked A/V Receivers that are coming out.  I just asked this question on the MacRumors forum, thought I would come over here and do a quick search.

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    May 6, 2012 8:40 AM (in response to bbucy)

    Yes, this would be a great feature. Pioneer, for example, has been introducing sophisticated receivers with Ethernet ports to run iPad and iPhone control apps, along with other AirPlay capabilities—but they have to be hard wired via Ethernet. It would be great not to have to cram an Airport Express or other wireless adapter into my home theater setup, when I already have an AppleTV in place (and a wireless-capable Sony Blu-Ray player).

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    May 6, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to Taghkanic)

    Mains powerline home networking. Devolo.  If you dislike wifi anyway.

  • Taghkanic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 6, 2012 2:59 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    The AirPlay capabilities of the Pioneer and others like it are over Ethernet—have to tether the receiver to your base station, or else youmhave to hook up an Extreme unit. I've seen a few lately with AirPlay built in, but with other compromises.

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