Home Sharing needs iTunes to be running?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Maury, May 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I have a Pro with my old DVD collection on it, and an ATV downstairs. My Network is an Extreme, the one-old model. I have Home Sharing turned on between the two.

    Unless iTunes is actively running on the machine, and the machine is awake, Home Sharing content does not appear on the ATV.

    I was under the impression that the Express was supposed to act as a mediator, waking my Mac on demand. It used to work. Is this no longer the case?

    I can understand having the mac awake to download content, but just to browse file is annoying.
     
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    chenks

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    yes your mac/pc needs to be awake and itunes needs to be running.

    the appletv is able to awake your mac/pc (my 2 do).
     
  3. macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, may have to check if "Wake on Network Access" setting is enabled in System Preferences/Energy Saver
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is, no worky. Worked before 10.7.
     
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    heisenberg123

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    I have wake for network access checked and my atv3 does not wake my MBP in my signature running latest iTunes
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Same problem for me. This is a widespread issue. Not sure why apple hasn't fixed it yet.
     
  7. JPGR_Fan, May 15, 2012
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    iTunes Match

    With your music on iTunes Match, ATV2 will play all your tunes and your Mac doesn't need to be on. $25/year. Also get your tunes on iPhone and iPad. Such a deal. (edit: Sorry, I missed that this was about DVDs)
     
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    chenks

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    widespread?
    I have 2 appletv's and they both wake up my mac mini with no problems. Mac mini running 10.7.4.
     
  9. macrumors 68020

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    make sure itunes is running, if it's not running when the computer goes to sleep, the express won't hold on to it for you.

    the feature you're referring to is call "sleep proxy"

    also try rebooting all of your network gear.
     
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    heisenberg123

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    would it make any difference if it was sleeping in clamshell mode?
     
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    chenks

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    Are we talking no external monitor? In that case, there is no way you can make the ATV wake your MBP up. The lid has to be open in order for wake on lan to work.
     
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    heisenberg123

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    no its hooked up to an external monitor but you may of answered my question, does wake for network access only work on a LAN connection?

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    not denying your is working but a simple google search shows more than 25 people have this issue

    http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&safe=active&sclient=psy-ab&q=apple+tv+3+does+not+wake+up+macbook+pro&oq=apple+tv+3+does+not+wake+up+macbook+pro&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=hp.3...316396.316599.1.316724.2.2.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0...0.0.NDHNDW0rSnU&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=617f732f6a1c0bb9&biw=1024&bih=616
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    I leave my MBP's lid open, so it should be accessible when sleeping.
     
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    that's the thing with google search. i could search for almost anything and find a group of people complaining about it not working.

    you don't get masses of people posting saying that everything is working fine with no issues.
     
  17. macrumors 68030

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    Yes. But LAN includes wireless, if that was your concern :)
     
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    heisenberg123

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    well thanks for leason #2 i always thought LAN was just plugged into ethernet

    maybe its my router that isnt capable of waking my mbp for network access
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    I'm using a brand new AEBS, so I don't think it's a router issue.
     
  20. jetlife2, May 15, 2012
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    Using "Wake Reason" to launch itunes

    So the ATV will wake your "server" (imac, macbook, etc, usually in some other room) on network access...(assuming it is working properly).

    The next step that would be awesome would be a script on the server side that detects the Wake Reason as network access from the ATV - then launches itunes. It is annoying to have to go do this manually and I for one don't usually have itunes running in the background all the time.

    Then we could just fire up the ATV and be good to go as needed without having to remember itunes, or go in the other room and fix it.
     
  21. macrumors 6502a

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    Just leave iTunes running and Cmd-H to hide it.
     
  22. macrumors member

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    Great Idea

    This is a great point. ATV should do everything for you. I leave my itunes running all the time now that I have ATV and use it daily. It should wake up my computer and start itunes (and shut it down after a period of inactivity)

    I get pissed when I sit down to watch a TV show and realize my itunes is off. I then have to get my lazy az off the couch and walk all the way to the next room to turn it on.:p
     
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    For what it's worth, my ATV has had a hard time waking my Mac mini from sleep recently to play content.

    It's always worked fine in the past. And when it does wake the mini, sometimes it will start playing fine but error out before the movie is over indicating we need to turn on home sharing.

    My setup is an ATV 2, a mid 2010 Mac mini (10.7.4), and an Airport Extreme all hard wired.
     
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    whooleytoo

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    I use the ATV pretty much every day when I get home from work, so now I set my 'server' Mac to boot up automatically around 7pm on weekdays, and iTunes is set to launch on login. It's set to auto-shutdown in the early hours of the morning too.

    It's not as energy-efficient as a (functional) wake-on-access feature, but it works ok for me.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    I think a problem with such a script would be that the Apple TV wouldn't know to wake the Mac in the first place. As the Apple TV doesn't look for sleeping computers, and instead monitors the network for instances of iTunes that have registered themselves as available through Home Sharing.
     

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