6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2012 10:31 PM by Linc Davis
dantrimble Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

I travel a lot.  Right now, I'm in NYC helping manage hurricane recovery and will be here in a Marriott hotel for 2 months before I go home.  Sick of paying $17.95 for a movie from their on-demand system, I got the brilliant idea of buying an Apple TV and plugging it into the HDMI ports that the hotel makes available for external devices so they can play on the hotel room's television.  Of course, I didn't realize until I was almost back to the hotel after picking it up at the Apple Store that I'll have major internet connection issues with the Apple TV in the hotel.

 

The reason...most hotels use a web-based interface for entering a username/password or room number to add to your bill when you connect to the Internet for the first time.  They don't use normal WPA encryption keys/passwords, etc.  In other words, the network is open, but you can't connect until you go through a Web-based login process.  Works fine on a computer...but Apple TV, of course, has no ability to do web-based logins.

 

I figured I could get around this by sharing the Internet connection from my MacBook Pro which always on the road with me.  I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.2 on it.

 

Went into System Preferences > Sharing, and turned on Internet Sharing.  Under "Share your connection from", I've specified WiFi as that's how I'm getting Internet connectivity to my laptop from the hotel's ISP.  Here's where it gets weird.

 

Underneath in "To computers using", I have an option for FireWire, Bluetooth PAN, Ethernet, and iPhone USB.  There's NO option for Wi-Fi.  My Apple TV would be connecting to the laptop's Internet connection by WiFi, but for some reason, WiFi is not on this list, and as such, I also don't have the WiFi Options button below, so my laptop never shows up in the list of wireless networks on the Apple TV.

 

What am I doing wrong?  Why do I not have WiFi as an option here?

 

 

dt


MacBook Pro Dual Core (Mid-2009), Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.53 Ghz, 8GB, Snow Lep, Win7 Pro
  • 1. Re: Internet Sharing WiFi to WiFi in a hotel room?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,315 points)

    You can only share from one network interface to another, not to the same one.

  • 2. Re: Internet Sharing WiFi to WiFi in a hotel room?
    woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,745 points)

    What about getting an ethernet cable and use a wired

    connection to the Apple TV?  Not nice and clean as

    a wireless solution but should work.

  • 3. Re: Internet Sharing WiFi to WiFi in a hotel room?
    dantrimble Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I thought I'd try that too.  And I have a cat5 cable -- I travel with one all the time for the handful of archaic hotels that still don't do wireless.

     

    The hotel provides an ethernet port even, but still have the web-based login problem.  So I ran the cable from the Apple TV to the MBP and it still wouldn't share the connection.

     

    I assume the only way to do this is to get an Airport Express and run it through there?

  • 4. Re: Internet Sharing WiFi to WiFi in a hotel room?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,315 points)

    I ran the cable from the Apple TV to the MBP and it still wouldn't share the connection.

     

    I'm not familiar with the Apple TV, but that should work with any network device. What does the ATV show in its network settings?

  • 5. Re: Internet Sharing WiFi to WiFi in a hotel room?
    dantrimble Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    The Apple TV allows you to connect by Wi-Fi or by Ethernet.  The Wi-Fi of course is a manual process because you have to select which SSID/network you want to use.  The Ethernet is supposed to be automatically detected.  When you have an active Ethernet connection going into the ATV via a cat5 cable, it's supposed to recognize it and use that as its connection source no matter what you have selected for Wi-Fi.

     

    There is also a "Configure TCP/IP" option in the ATV settings that allows you to set TCP Automatically, or Manually.  The latter presents options for IP, Subnet, and Router and DNS addresses.  Currently, I have it set to Automatically.

     

    In my case, it doesn't recognize any active Ethernet connection.  I have a good cable (it's good -- I've used it elsewhere this week without problems) that's connecting the Ethernet port on the back of the ATV with the Ethernet port on the side of my MacBook Pro.  And then in System Settings, under Sharing > Internet, I have specified WiFi as the computer's source connection, and Ethernet for the destination.

  • 6. Re: Internet Sharing WiFi to WiFi in a hotel room?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,315 points)

    In the Network preference pane on the MBP, is Ethernet shown as connected?