Connecting ATV2 via ethernet to G5

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by tallpaul, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. tallpaul macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    As per title.

    I have a 2006 dual ethernet port G5 that I sold to friend who only uses it for storing music movies and photos.

    After loads of wifi problems(even installed an airport express rather than rely on standard wireless router) I got a three metre ethernet cable and connected it directly to the computer.

    I worked perfectly until recently but now the ATV2 does not see the itunes library when connected this way.

    I can try to swap the cable but I would really like to know if it's possible to leave the ATV2 connected this way and somehow access the internet via the G5 being on the home wireless network?

  2. jetlife2 macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2004
    Cincinnati, Oh
    Better to connect to the router

    Run the ATV2 wired to the router. Then the ATV2 has a direct internet connection. The G5 is connected via wireless to the same router. Make sure that the ATV2 and G5 have independent IP addresses on the same subnet. Make sure itunes is running on the G5 and logged in to same Apple ID as ATV2. Should work fine.
  3. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    As said above, it's probably easier if you can connect the ATV to the router directly.

    However, if that's not practical, there should be no problem in doing what you're trying. I think both the ATV & Mac are auto-sensing, so there shouldn't be a need for a cross-over cable, a regular Ethernet cable will do. You'll obviously need to set up both devices to be on the same subnet (in the G5's Ethernet settings. Don't change the G5's Airport settings).

    And on the G5, in the Sharing preference pane, turn on Internet Sharing, and share the Airport connection over Ethernet. That should do it.

    I actually have a G5 as a media server too. Possibly, the least practical media server you could get! :p
  4. tallpaul thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009

    many thanks for the info.

    Both the apple TV2 and G5 are too far away from router so I'll try enabling the internet sharing on the G5 and see if the ATV2 can pick it up.

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