Connect another device to the internet through my ATV2 ethernet connection?

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  1. blahasdf macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2011
    Would it be possible to connect another device to my ATV2's ethernet connection in order to use the internet with the second device?

    When I moved to a new apartment the auxilliary outlet wasn't in an ideal spot, which was one of the reasons I purchased my ATV2. I had typically used my Xbox360 to watch Netflix previously, and don't play many games on Xbox Live. I am wondering if there is a way that I can use the ethernet connection from my ATV2 (which connects to my wireless router) to connect/tether my Xbox360 (older model that doesn't have wifi built-in).

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    As in share the Apple TV's internet connection? No, it cannot do that.
  3. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Could you not use something like an wireless bridge prior to the ATV to effectively split the signal.
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    you could put both into an inexpensive 100mb switch and uplink that to the router/net
  5. TWHH macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    I have a similar situation:

    I currently have a Mac Mini in my living room. It is connected to my home network via wi-fi, and I then connect my Freesat (UK free to air satellite service) recorder to the Net by sharing the Mini's internet connection via Ethernet. The Freesat recorder does not have wi-fi capability.

    I'm thinking of redeploying the Mini to elsewhere in the house and replacing with an Apple TV in the living room.

    However I will still need a wired connection for the Freesat recorder. Can this be done with an Apple TV (jailbroken or not) like it can with the Mini?

    require said switch to be hard wired to the router? My router is in another room and I can't run a cable from the living room to it.

  6. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2008
    Possible as a matter of physical hardware, or possible with easily accessible software?
  7. TWHH macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
  8. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    You need to create a wireless bridge using something like an AirPort Express (AE) connected to a ethernet switch (or in place of both a cheap third-party WiFi basestation/router operating in bridge mode). This is sometimes called a wireless extended network and the AE (or third-party basestation) supplies the wireless connection between your main WiFi router and the room where you need internet/network access.

    You can then connect the AE to an ethernet switch to provide wired ethernet to as many devices as the switch supports. I use just such a setup in my home where I have an Apple TV, Roku, PS3, and desktop Mac connected to a five-port Netgear switch which is attached to a single AirPort Express. Of course, if you use a third-party WiFi router you won't need the switch since a router will already have multiple ethernet ports.

    You should be able to find all of the information that you need on such a setup by doing a search on Google. Just make certain that the second WiFi basestation is configured in its extended network mode, with its NAT and DHCP services disabled (the router should do that automatically if you have it in the correct mode to extended or bridge your network).
  9. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    THIS is what you're looking for. It's basically the Airport Extreme bridge method described above minus the addition of the USB port.

    It'll connect to a preexisting wireless network and create a new extended wireless network. It also has network ports on the back to allow for direct plug in.

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