Can't properly stream to my Apple TV 4 while living in college dorm. Is there a way to bypass this?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by zooby, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. zooby, Sep 20, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  2. SamuelBrown macrumors newbie


    Sep 20, 2016
    Probably not. It sounds like the Apple TV might be on a different VLAN to the guess network (basically a different network if you want to put it really simply).

    You could try setting up a Plex server on your mac.. Seeing if it will let you share the content externally (to the outside world) and then use the Plex app on the Apple Tv to download the content. Probably a long shot on a restricted network but worth looking into....
  3. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    With some managed wireless systems (like the ones used for massive site deployments) you can isolate each wireless client to stop peer to peer activity , so effectively you cannot see each other even though they are connected to the same network. I'm going to guess that is what is stopping you here and when you are AirPlaying its using bluetooth instead of the WiFi because thats the only way it can see your Apple TV.

    Short of creating your own network and putting a router between yours and the college campus guest network i would say just get a HDMI dongle for your Macbook and plug it into your TV when you want to watch files stored on your Mac.
  4. zooby, Sep 24, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017

    zooby thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
  5. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Would getting an extra long hdmi cable work so you can leave your laptop where it is and still connect it to the tv?

    If not, there are wireless hdmi devices, but I have never tried them.

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