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TS4479 How to connect a MacBook Air (2010) to Apple TV with ethernet?

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Bob Jacobson Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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Mar 23, 2013 6:54 AM

THE SITUATION.  I use Apple TV often.  At home, I use the wireless connection without a problem. I may work on my MacBook Pro while watching Apple TV and mirroring the MacBook Air or vice versa, depending on my workflow.


THE CHALLENGE: In Sweden, in the faculty dorm I currently inhabit, there's only a general WiFi connection to routers and servers located elsewhere.  I have to use workarounds (like HP e-Print) to connect with my appliances.


A PARTIAL SOLUTION:  In this environment, I can connect my MacBook Pro to Apple TV using an ethernet cable.  Then I can use Apple TV in normal mode or with Airparrot, an application that allows me to mirror my desktop and audio on the TV.  I stream a lot of BBC shows using a VPN that delivers signals to my laptops.


THE PROBLEM: My pre-Thunderbolt MacBook Air has no ethernet port.  I can't connect the ethernet cable to it without an adapter. But the adapter isn't passive.  When I use the ethernet cable to connect with my Apple TV, with an Apple adapter to the MBA, the ethernet will not work at all. 


I take it someone didn't think this one through.  Every device without ethernet availability -- including iPhones and iPads -- will be unable to connect with Apple TV in environments like this one, which are common in overseas multiunit housing and workplaces.  Apple needs to devise a solution.  Thank you.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Apple User Since 1981
  • Marcuscolin Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Hi Bob,


    Thanks for using Apple Support Communities.

    Considering your circumstances, the best and easiest choice would be to purchase an Airport Express for $99 (or less refurbished), connect it via ethernet to your wall jack or something like that, and create a network for your Apple TV ,MacBooks, and other wireless appliances. It'd be a little easier, and plus, when you need to go places without WiFi, you take the Airport Express and make your own wifi.


    Best Wishes,



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