3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 15, 2011 1:22 AM by Alley_Cat
dayd01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been buying some TV series through my ITunes on my laptop and decided to buy a apple TV so I can watch them on my widescreen TV.


I have a closed network for my digital and audio devices (Wireless N router/switch) with several different types of media including shared HD, HD TV, Blu-ray player and several wireless Samsung 'Allshare' devices.


However, which is the most annoying is that my Apple TV won't sync with my PC library on the cloased network unless it has its own internet connect!


The PC is connected to a closed network via Ethernet and connects to to the internet via a second wireless network for better security.


Why is this apple?


I have already bought the rights and allowed to home share, so why do you need a second connection to my apple account via the apple TV device for home sharing to work?



AppleTV 2, Windows 7
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (86,535 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.


    I'm not exactly sure about everything you are trying to say, but it sounds as though you might be trying to connect between different subnets, you can't do this.

  • dayd01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The PC and Apple TV are on the same network, no subnet.


    The Apple TV is only an extender, passive device so why does it need an internet access point to function for home sharing?


    If I allow internet sharing though the laptop PC's wireless internet adaptor which is on another subnet it works perfectly, but I don’t want the network with my entertainment and audio devices to have internet access.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,455 points)

    AppleTV requires internet access to work properly.


    This seems to extend beyond simply not allowing the internet based functions to work.


    The problem you have I think is related to the DRM on the TV Shows - an internet connection is required for 'authorisation purposes', and I think this is for AppleTV2 to stream content not just for iTunes itself.


    I took an AppleTV2, iPad, and a new Mac Mini on holiday a few months ago - I had no usable internet connection but set up a LAN using a mi-fi device.


    I could play unprotected content on AppleTV 2 from the Mini having previously configured Home Sharing, but any DRM protected movies/TV Shows would not play as AppleTV 2 flagged 'authorisation issues'.


    This really is stupid as iPods/iPhones/iPads do not need authorisation on the go and all AppleTV2 does is stream from an authorised library.


    Add to that the fact that I just plugged the Mini in to the TVs HDMI port and could play the DRM protecetd content without any issues without an internet connection.


    Trying to Airplay from ipad pre-configured for Home Sharing to AppleTV2 just brought up authorsiation issue errors again.  Airplay is over-rated.