Is it possible to connect to 2 Newtorks with a USB wi-fi dongle?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kwissylawrencek, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. kwissylawrencek macrumors member

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    The reason I ask is because I am thinking about possible configurations for my house, and one problem I have been having is video streaming performance to my :apple:tv when someone is downloading something, particularly HD videos.

    I have a spare wireless router that I could set up as just a no-internet local network to connect my :apple:tv to my imac through the usb dongle, leaving the internet network for downloads etc.

    Does anyone know if this would be possible?
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I'm sure it is, just like it is possible to be on both wifi and wired lan simultaneously. you could connect the iMac to the internet by wire, then make a hotspot for the TV - then the apple tv would have its own wifi, and internet since you could share it from the mac.
     
  3. kwissylawrencek thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh yeah! You can, can't you. I guess the USB dongle just shows up in the Network devices list.

    And thanks for the idea! Unfortunately I can't do exactly that because the router is far away from my computer, but you gave me plenty of ideas on how I can!

    Thanks again :D
     
  4. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Most good routers have some form of QoS where you can set priority for traffic from different devices.

    Another option is a dual-band router which has 5GHz reserved for the AppleTV and 2.4GHz for everything else.
     

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