Hone sharing and third party routers

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Tech198, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    Hi all

    Regarding Home sharing and WOL (Wake on Lan) i had an issue about weather i could use Back-to-My-Mac and remotely wake up a mac i'm accessing, not on the Lan, but over the Internet..

    I was told by Apple support, that it would work but only if the router supports Bonjour.......

    I'm just wondering weather this can also be tired to Apple TV and the reason why it sometimes cannot connect to iTunes, (since in a similar way) the same mac that is it accessing is also asleep and need to be woken up first, thus producing the error u see on screen

    I'm wondering weather these two are related...

    Turning Home sharing of/on and/or closing/reopening iTunes solves the issue, but the Mac is already aware by then anyway.

    This would also tie in to why screen sharing sometimes fails too accessing a sleep mac on the LAN.

    Can anyone conform weather its Bonjour that is required, and if so, i may have to upgrade my router, since i use a third party.. and would probably be the source to all my problems.
     
  2. Muttznuttz macrumors member

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    I don't exactly know the answer to the Bonjour thing, but I have also heard the same information.

    However. I can tell you, I had a standard BT Homehub and experienced all the woes that you and countless others have experienced with regard to Home Sharing disconnecting and Airplay dropouts with ATV etc. I got fed up and went and bought an Airport Extreme to replace my BT hub. This was in January and I haven't had a single issue with any of it since. It now all works as you would expect it to. Flawlessly.

    You could always purchase an Airport Extreme and try it for 2 weeks, safe in the knowledge you could return it to Apple, no questions asked.
     
  3. Tech198 thread starter macrumors G5

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    true, but i like the all-in-one-approch of a DSL router too..

    Plus network issues are easier to manage and although i have wi-fi, which i could diable that would be a useless feature of me buying something.

    But ya, ok i might try this..... I understand Apple devices will only work flawlessly provided u have all Apple hardware too. So, this may be the answer to my problem

    "It just works", (provided u use all Apple)
     
  4. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    You can not access Home Sharing while your Mac is asleep.
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68030

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    Why so? If you have a Bonjour sleep proxy (either Apple's AirPort wireless router or an :apple:TV) and your mac is set to wake on lan from sleep and it is also connected to AC power source, then :apple:TV or iOS Remote app will wake your Mac as well.
    BTW that is also the way I use my MBP as iTunes HS server in closed clamshell mode.
     
  6. matrix07, Apr 18, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015

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    Hmm.. This also seems to work. Thank you.
     

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