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Are they any technical instructions for setting up Home Sharing?

854 Views 27 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 8:21 AM by Moniekfromva RSS
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)

    Still not quite sure if you have issues with Home Sharing between iTunes and AppleTV or iOS device and AppleTV, or more likely both.


    Not sure if you have restarted your router but that does sometimes work (as does restarting AppleTV, itunes etc occasionally).


    The problem is that there are no real diagnostic options available for us to use - it works or doesn't work properly, and the tendency is to blame Apple when it may be the router or other networking configuration options.



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

    Looks as though Apple has not updated documentation for iTunes 11 as Winston suggests.


    A long time ago there was a bug in iTunes - when you enabled Home Sharing and clicked OK it actually turned it off again!  So instead I used to click on Movies/TV show etc to get out of the Home Sharing menu

    having enabled it rather than exiting via the ok type confirmation dialogue.



  • WillGilbert Calculating status...

    I have one across numerous examples of Apple support documentation not bing updated when the software/GUI is...shame really as it detracts from the brand's quality image, how've I can appreciate that it's a massive task o undertake.

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

    WillGilbert wrote:


    I have one across numerous examples of Apple support documentation not bing updated when the software/GUI is...shame really as it detracts from the brand's quality image, how've I can appreciate that it's a massive task o undertake.

    I quite agree, it's also one of the downsides of completely revamping things as they have for iTunes 11.


    Perhaps best to send feedback when these things are out of date:


    Apple - Apple TV - Feedback

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

    Just for clarity - what are you trying to use Home Sharing for on the PC?


    Compatible content stored in iTunes would be accessed under the AppleTVs Computers icon which will list any detected Home Shared itunes libraries on the LAN - if none it will moan that you need to set up Home Sharing.


    As Remote app and mirroring work from iPad it would suggest that the primary issue is communication with the PC.


    Again for clarity, iOS devices either do lossy compressed screen sharing (Airplay mirroring) if new enough OR can send media files directly to the AppleTV to decode/playback (stored music and video on teh iOS device - a stream is pushed to AppleTV) -  photos may work slightly differently, but do you see an Airplay icon in the photo app?  AppleTV cannot 'pull' material from an iOS device using it as a source, things are 'pushed' from teh iOS device.


    With computers, Home Sharing iTunes allows you to use the computer as a media source and pull audio/video streams from iTunes.  To confuse matters items can also be pushed to AppleTV from itunes using the destination 'speaker' icon which now resembles Airplay.  Windows PCs and most Macs over 12-18 months old cannot do Airplay mirroring of screen content, but there's a 3rd party app called AirParrot which can do this though performance may not be optimal in some cases.



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

    GowerMick wrote:




    That little explanation solved my Home Sharing problem!! Many Thanks.


    What no-one had seemed fit to mention when discussing setting up Home Sharing on iTunes, is that after turning it on, one had to select AirPlay on iTunes to make content visible to aTV.


    Why oh why couldn't Apple see fit to include this in their aTV instructions - aaargh.



    Well, glad it's sorted for now at least.


    So are you using Computers icon on AppleTV to select material or pushing from iTunes after initiating playback there?


    You should not need to select AppleTV as an Airplay device in itunes for Home Sharing to work, though doing so may have caused the AppletV to be detected I suppose.



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

    GowerMick wrote:



    Well the idea was to use my new aTV to pull content from my PC. But as I don't have an HDMI connector on my TV, just a DVI input, so no sound gets through to TV anyway, so this is just an academice exercise until I get a new TV.


    It would have been nice if Apple had provided a separate Audio output, but that would be asking too much! Looks versus functionality again.

    AppleTV1 had component video and analogue audio out as well.


    Legacy stuff to many perhaps, but still useful in many circumstances.  The loss of analogue audio out in particular is a shame, as well as loss of internal storage, but i think the aim was to cut overall costs/power and form factor.



  • Brunel Calculating status...

    I haven't look back through this post but if it helps, before I bought an amplifier with an optical input I used an optical to analogue converter ( g+audio+converter&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=17119608466092831363&sa= X&ei=y5XdUIeHDI2q0AXs1ID4AQ&ved=0CGYQ8wIwAA#ps-sellers) and this worked fine with my old Yamaha amp.


    So your ATV sound problem is easily solved. The adaptor I used cost about £35.


    I am a late convert to ATV and use it mostly for music but when I am abroad I use it to Airplay catchup TV via my ipad and a vpn. I think they're brilliant.

  • Moniekfromva Calculating status...

    How do I do THAT on an IPad 3 in iTunes 11?   There is no place I can see to go to file > homesharing.  Thanks in advance!

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