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Connect MacBook and AppleTV....

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janglesjr Calculating status...
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May 6, 2009 3:49 PM
I am looking for a faster way of loading up my AppleTV with content from my MacBook; is it possible to hard-wire the two together via USB and transfer items that way?

I apologize if this is a dumb/noobie type of question.
Macbook 13', Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,255 points)
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    May 6, 2009 3:53 PM (in response to janglesjr)
    is it possible to hard-wire the two together via USB and transfer items that way?


    Not without hacking it. No publicly available device is officially supported by the Apple TV's USB port.

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    iMac Late 2007 Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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    May 6, 2009 8:40 PM (in response to janglesjr)
    janglesjr wrote:
    What on earth is the USB on the AppleTV for then?


    It is supposedly for 'diagnostics' and has no end-user function.
    iMac Core 2 Duo 20", Mac OS X (10.4.11), Intel Macbook, iPhone, old Risc OS and Windows boxes!
  • Shuttleworth125 Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)
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    May 6, 2009 9:03 PM (in response to janglesjr)
    What about ethernet? Connect MB and ATV to a Router.
    iMac 24" 2.8GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPod Touch 8Gb 2gen, Time Capsule, Airport Express, Apple TV.
  • Getting Tired Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    May 6, 2009 10:30 PM (in response to janglesjr)
    Just connect your MB and ATV directly via ethernet cable. Turn off both, connect the ethernet cable and power both units on. The ATV will obtain an IP directly from your notebook and off you go. Much faster than via WiFi and a router is not needed at this point.

    Cheers.
  • tmartine Level 3 Level 3 (935 points)
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    May 7, 2009 10:16 AM (in response to janglesjr)
    you will need a special type of ethernet cable called a crossover cable.. you can get them basically anywhere you by regular ethernet cable... the cable you have right now might even be one but it must be a crossover cable.
    Dual 2GHz G5 PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6), AppleTV 40 Gig, AE Gigabit, 32GB iPod Touch
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,255 points)
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    May 7, 2009 11:25 AM (in response to tmartine)
    you will need a special type of ethernet cable called a crossover cable.. you can get them basically anywhere you by regular ethernet cable... the cable you have right now might even be one but it must be a crossover cable.


    That's not true. The MacBook can use either a crossover or regular cable for either purpose, and if one of the connected devices supports this, it doesn't matter whether or not the other does. Click here for more information.

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    iMac Late 2007 Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • tmartine Level 3 Level 3 (935 points)
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    May 7, 2009 11:42 AM (in response to Niel)
    thank YOU for the great tip
    Dual 2GHz G5 PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6), AppleTV 40 Gig, AE Gigabit, 32GB iPod Touch
  • GTCBrown Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    May 13, 2009 7:38 AM (in response to janglesjr)
    The previous suggestion of using a router that's hooked to your DCL/cable modem would solve this one for you. That way the AppleTV would be able to get at your 'net connection.
    2006 Intel iMac, 20", 2.16 GHz, 2 GB Ram, 1 TB Ext. HD, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Canon PSIS S1, CanoScan 8400F, HP PhotoSmart 8250, 16 GB iPod Touch, 40 GB ATV

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