3 Replies Latest reply: May 19, 2013 5:25 PM by markjaz
markjaz Level 1 (0 points)

I am using Home Sharing through iTunes 11.0.3 on a MacBook Pro to an 3rd-gen AppleTV hooked up to an HDTV.  The MacBook Pro and the AppleTV are on a wireless network hosted by an Airport Extreme base station.


Every 15 minutes or so, the Airport Extreme drops the network.  The content I was watching stops playing, the TV says "not connected" and all my other connected devices show that the network is down.


A couple of minutes later the network "comes back", my AppleTV reconnects to my iTunes library and I can resume playing whatever content I was viewing before the interruption.


My console log shows sequences like this:


May 18 16:21:40 MacBook-Pro kernel[0]: AirPort: Link Down on en1. Reason 4 (Disassociated due to inactivity).

May 18 16:22:30 MacBook-Pro kernel[0]: AirPort: Link Up on en1

May 18 16:22:30 MacBook-Pro kernel[0]: AirPort: RSN handshake complete on en1


This never happens if the AppleTV is not on the network.


An Apple advisor told me I don't have sufficient bandwidth to the Internet to run an AppleTV - I have a satellite Internet service that gives me 2 - 3 Mbps.  But - who cares?  All I am trying to do is move data across my internal Wifi network from the MacBook Pro to the AppleTV.  I do not understand why Internet bandwidth has anything to do with it.

Apple TV (3rd Generation)
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 (19,210 points)

    AppleTV 2/3 require brief connections to iTunes servers to authorise playback of protected content streamed from a local iTunes but your set up should be more than adequate as this is done at the start of playback.  This makes it impossible to use an AppleTV/computer for playback when on holiday where there is no internet connectivity - annoying as the computer will usually playback from iTunes without this problem (so I hook up a Mac Mini to a TV usually if on holiday).


    I assume you are playing back from the menus under the Computers icon which is for Home Sharing.


    If you are tryong to play prior purchases via the main Movis/TV Shows icons Purchased sections then those options stream from the internet not the local iTunes library.



  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)

    Home-sharing is using the local network, you would only need the wifi-LAN. Any issues would be around that. If you are trying to watch purchased content from iTunes then sometimes it may need to authorize but other than that Internet is not a factor when streaming local content.

  • markjaz Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the info.  I am going to go back to Apple Support on this issue.