1336 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2009 1:27 AM by Winston Churchill
I've discovered that the problem is not (only) the AirPort, because I plugged the laptop directly into the cable that went into the AirPort, and the computers couldn't see each other (G5 running Tiger, MacBook Pro on Leopard) with file sharing on and firewalls open. The laptop also couldn't see the ethernet laser printer, which the G5 could. The router is about 20 years old, so maybe I just need to rebuild the network, and would consider one with a media server. So I'd like to reprhrase the question:
What network (hardware) setup is known to work with a G5 as the main computer, AirPort (running ethernet from the office to the living room is not an option), MacBook Pro, Apple TV, ethernet printer, cable modem, and possibly a media server?
Your G5 is quite capable of working properly on your network.
Are all your devices on the same subnet. The way you have your hardware connected, it is possible to create two networks, with the wifi being a separate network to the ethernet network, which means that the router will issue addresses to all your ethernet devices and the airport will issue addresses to the wifi devices, some devices can work under these conditions but the tv can't.
Ensure that your airport is set up to bridge your network.
Winston, you rock! Setting it up as a bridge is exactly what I needed. I don't think using it as a bridge to an existing wired network is at all an unusual setup, and seems to me it should be a more obvious choice in Apple's initial setup. It took a bit of struggling, trying minor deviations from Apple's documentation, but now the MacBook Pro sees the G5 and iTunes is sharing as it should. I fully expect that when my TV and home theater equipment arrive, the Apple TV will work as advertised. Thank you!
Rick Johnson3 wrote:
I don't think using it as a bridge to an existing wired network is at all an unusual setup, and seems to me it should be a more obvious choice in Apple's initial setup.
I'm not sure that allowing the apple tv to work over different subnets wouldn't be a problem for Apple. This would potentially open the device up for sharing content where it shouldn't be shared.