Wake Mac Mini with iTunes (Home Sharing)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by svandive, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. svandive macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2007
    I'm trying to find out why accessing a Home Share on my Apple TV (ver2) isn't waking my Mac Mini where the share actually lives. Both devices are connected to an Airport Extreme router, and I was under the impression if I used home share, when my Apple TV tries to access the resources the Airport would send WOL wake up frames and wake the Mac Mini so it could sleep when not used, but be accessible when needed.

    Any ideas of what I might be missing here?

    Thanks for any ideas....
  2. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    Have you enabled "Wake on Network Access" (or something like that)? I think it's in the Network setup. I believe this has to be checked for this feature to work. The other possibility is that your Airport Extreme might not support it. How new is your router? (I'm not sure how new it needs to be, but not all AEBS can do this).
  3. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    you have to be on osx 10.6 (I think, or a very late version of 10.5), and the firmware on the AEBS has to be at a certain level as well as the wake on network checked in the power savings options on the mini.
  4. svandive thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2007
    Check and Check...

    I'm up to date on the Firmware for the AEBS as well as on my Mac Mini and Apple TV. I also checked the "Wake for network access" and that too is checked.

    I guess I'll have a look and take a packet capture of the network. I'm interested to verify that the WoL frames are being sent out.
  5. SeanU macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Similar issue

    I have a windows laptop running iTunes home sharing. The computer is set to wake on any network traffic. When I try to connect to the share from my iPad while the computer is asleep, it won't wake. If I hit the ip address of the server with safari, it wakes, and I can then access the share in the iPod app. I don't think iOS is caching the address of the share, and maybe is waiting for the shared servers to broadcast their existence, which obviously won't happen if it's asleep.
  6. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Windows PCs don't support the wake feature. You must have Snow Leopard and one of the more recent updates to it as well as one of the Apple routers.
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    also if your mac is not on hardwire ethernet, you have to have a newer mac, from this article, probably 2009 or later.
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Yes, they do. It's just not an automated thing with iTunes Home Sharing like it can be on a Mac.

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