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Wi-Fi and Apple TV

Alex Forbes-2
I chopped my Comcast bill by $50 by cutting back to the Basic TV bundle, which has all the channels I normally watch. (But I kept Internet and Phone). I’m thinking of buying an Apple TV. I have a older Samsung HDTV with the required HDMI port required to connect to an Apple TV.

My concerns: should I expect compatibility problems with my older 2009 Mac Pro for streaming?  Of course it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi. I bought a tiny ASUS EZ N Network Adapter for it, which plugs into a back panel USB port. It shows in Network as currently active. My iPhone finds a strong Wi-fi connection anywhere in the apartment from my Airport Extreme, and when the Mac Pro is on, I find my new photos on my iPhone synched to Photos on the Mac Pro without connecting it to a USB cord. I experience no problem with the current Wi-Fi setup with the only device I have which can connect to it, the iPhone.

My Airport Extreme does NOT show on System Prefs/Network, though I believe it did at one time. Is this another potential problem that would need to be corrected before I could use an Apple TV with the Mac Pro?

Thanks,

Alex







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Re: Wi-Fi and Apple TV

Chris Poterala
The tv doesn't have wifi ?

The tv doesn't need wifi if it's connected to your Apple TV and you
stream from your laptop to the Apple TV device.



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On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 11:17 PM, Alex Forbes <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I chopped my Comcast bill by $50 by cutting back to the Basic TV bundle, which has all the channels I normally watch. (But I kept Internet and Phone). I’m thinking of buying an Apple TV. I have a older Samsung HDTV with the required HDMI port required to connect to an Apple TV.
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> My concerns: should I expect compatibility problems with my older 2009 Mac Pro for streaming?  Of course it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi. I bought a tiny ASUS EZ N Network Adapter for it, which plugs into a back panel USB port. It shows in Network as currently active. My iPhone finds a strong Wi-fi connection anywhere in the apartment from my Airport Extreme, and when the Mac Pro is on, I find my new photos on my iPhone synched to Photos on the Mac Pro without connecting it to a USB cord. I experience no problem with the current Wi-Fi setup with the only device I have which can connect to it, the iPhone.
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> My Airport Extreme does NOT show on System Prefs/Network, though I believe it did at one time. Is this another potential problem that would need to be corrected before I could use an Apple TV with the Mac Pro?
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> Thanks,
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> Alex
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Re: Wi-Fi and Apple TV

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>> On Aug 8, 2015, at 11:17 PM, Alex Forbes <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> My concerns: should I expect compatibility problems with my older 2009 Mac Pro for streaming?  Of course it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi. I bought a tiny ASUS EZ N Network Adapter for it, which plugs into a back panel USB port.

A computer doesn't need to use wifi to stream to an Apple TV, it just needs the wired and wifi to be a single unified network, and they are by default with an AirPort Extreme. Assuming the Mac Pro has a wired connection to the AirPort Extreme, it doesn't need a wifi adapter.

The Mac Pro is too old to do screen mirroring to an Apple TV but it should be able to share photos for a slideshow on it or stream music from iTunes. Most uses of an Apple TV don't require a computer, it streams content from the Internet including videos bought or rented from iTunes. If you want to stream non-DRM'd video files from your Mac Pro, get a Roku instead and use Plex.

> My Airport Extreme does NOT show on System Prefs/Network, though I believe it did at one time.

No, base stations aren't listed in a Mac's Network Preferences. You would only see it on a Mac in the AirPort Utility used to manage it.




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Re: Wi-Fi and Apple TV

Marilyn Matty
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> On Aug 8, 2015, at 11:17 PM, Alex Forbes <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I chopped my Comcast bill by $50 by cutting back to the Basic TV bundle, which has all the channels I normally watch. (But I kept Internet and Phone). I’m thinking of buying an Apple TV. I have a older Samsung HDTV with the required HDMI port required to connect to an Apple TV.

I have been putting off buying an Apple TV for about two years because the "next big thing" was always the next big announcement away. But it looks like the time might really be here this September, and will have a much improved processor, more memory, an App Store that's ready to roll, etc.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnpaczkowski/apple-will-debut-new-apple-tv-in-september#.otbkNqER0

Paczkowski hails from the Wall Street Journal and is about as reliable a source there is, except for the TidBITS gang, who wisely stay away from rumors.

If the new Apple TV is not available immediately, I'll bet it will be for the holiday rush, and in NZ too.

With the bad news across the board this week about another horrific quarter for media and cable/satellite companies, especially among the most desirable 18-34 age bracket, the long rumored Apple cord cutting service might finally be nearer to reality. If the new box takes off quickly, it could be an incentive for content providers to cut deals.


Marilyn


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