Can I connect apple tv to my imac wirelessly

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by munders, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. munders macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    Here's my problem. At present my Apple TV is connected to my Tv via my wireless home network internet router which is nowhere near my apple TV. The signal strength is quite poor and it takes ages to buffer. My wireless router is only g rated and obviously a new n router should sort out the issue however, I thought before I go out and buy a new router I thought I'd ask first if it is possible to just connect my apple TV wirelessly to my Imac. Obviously not using my home network which just isn't powerful enough. If it's possible, please tell me how.
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Yes. Assuming that your iMac is connected via wired network to your router. You'd share the internet connection from your iMac to the Apple TV. Enable Internet Sharing and set it to share your Ethernet connection to Wifi/Airport. Then set the network settings on the iMac, and connect to that network via the Apple Tv.
  3. munders thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    unfortunately, I cannot connect my mac to the router with the ethernet cable because my imac is in a different room to that of my router.

    surely there must be another way around it. What if I was in some remote area of the world where there was no internet. If all i have is an Imac and an apple tv, they must be capable of being connected wirelessly ?
  4. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    Try buying an Airport Express? It's only 99 bucks and there are even more affordable used ones on eBay.
  5. munders thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    I already have an Airport Express upstairs which i use for my music. I have gone through the settings to extend the wireless network for that but as it's upstairs it doesn't service my apple Tv that well. I only get 3 bars on the signal strength. Do you have a suggestion to incorporate the airport extreme.
  6. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    The iMac and AppleTV can be connected wirelessly using the iMac to create a wireless network, but the iMac must have a wired internet connection for the iMac and AppleTV to have any internet connectivity.
  7. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    You can only connect to one device using WiFi on the iMac, so if you are connected to the router wirelessly, you cannot share the connection from your iMac wirelessly. However, if you are connected over ethernet, you can use the WiFi to share that ethernet connection wirelessly. It only works one way, either it is receiving the connection, or sending the connection.
  8. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Get a simultaneous dual band router and use the 5GHz for the ATV2 & Mac.

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