My problem is a variation of the well documented one relating to Home Sharing not showing in iTunes side bar. Strangely it works in about 80% of my network but steadfastly refuses to cooperate just where I need it the most.
I wish I was able to provide a diagram to simplify this explanation but will do my best using text.
My local network consists of a Belkin N1 Modem/Router, a 27” iMac, a 13” MacBook Pro, a Mac Mini, an iPhone 3GS and an iPad 2.
Both the iPhone and the iPad can see the Home Shared libraries on the iMac, the MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini.
The Mac Book Pro can see the libraries on the iMac and the Mac Mini.
The iMac can see the library on the Mac Book Pro but NOT the one on the Mac Mini
The Mac Mini can see the library on the Mac Book Pro but NOT the one on the iMac
Expressed another way (see below)...
(a) can see only (c)
(b) can see only (c)
(c) can see both (a) & (b)
(d) & (e) can see (a), (b) & (c)
Belkin N1 Modem/Router
(a)iMac (b) Mac Mini
(c) Mac Book Pro
As (a) the 27” iMac contains my ‘main’ iTunes library and is where I do all the downloading etc. and (b) the Mac Mini performs a kind of Media Server roll in another room near the TV and HiFi, at very least I would dearly like (a) to be able to see (b).
I have trawled many of these forums and tried many of the suggested fixes without success, things tried include...
Turned Home Sharing on and off multiple times
Ensured that Sharing was turned on in iTunes Preferences
Verified all HD's
Deauthorised iTunes Store Account on all machines.
Authorised iTunes Store Account on all machines.
Ensured that the Apple ID was identical on all machines when turning on Home Sharing
Ran Main Menu
Checked and disabled Firewall settings
and so on
If you are still with me and can help I would greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.