Can an Apple TV be connected to iMac by cable?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BuffaloG, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. BuffaloG macrumors newbie


    Nov 22, 2009
    Lowestoft, England
    Hello All. Sorry in advance for my lack of technical expertise. My apple TV is nearly a year old, and I have just upgraded my iMac to 10.6.2.
    My Apple TV has stopped communicating with my iMac. I upgraded last weekend - that could be the problem. I want to know if I can connect it directly to the iMac via cable and set up a network or do I need other equipment.
    I would ideally like to get it working wirelessly but if a direct cable will have to be fitted - so be it.

    Anyway any help would be appreciated.


    Many thanks to GilesM, gerabbi and CaveMan I will give it a try
  2. GilesM macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    Not sure, but you could try a crossover RJ45 cable from the ethernet port on the MAC to the ethernet port on the Apple TV.
    'Straight' cables connect devices to a network and 'crossover' cables are used to connect direct from device to device, at least that's how it used to work with PC's last time I did this, many years ago though.

    Might be worth a try if you can get a crossover cable.
  3. gerabbi macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    Crossover ethernet and it will work. At least it does for me.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    A crossover cable is probably unnecessary. The iMac will autosense and adjust accordingly.

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