What the Wifi is going on here?
February 25, 2012 7:08 AM Subscribe
Help me diagnose problems with my Macs/Apple TV now that I have an XFinity wireless router please!
posted by bodgy to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I had an Apple wifi router and all was happy. I had 5 Mac computers, 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, 2 Apple TVs, and 1 HP PC all living in wireless harmony.
But the range of the Apple router was short, and the router itself was buggy (required weekly reboots, and every firmware upgrade made things worse) so when XFinity upgraded our service we switched over to their new router.
Everything is DHCP. I have 2 Macs' wireless turned off and they are plugged into the router with a Cat-5 cable. The rest are running wireless.
All my devices can, 100% of the time, get on the internet. But now there's problems with them talking to each other. They're all IPed but here are the problems:
*Apple TVs cannot find the computers that have iTunes open and Home Sharing on them. The computers, however, CAN find the Apple TVs. So I cannot browse libraries on the Apple TVs, but if at a computer I can send video to the Apple TVs
*The computers have file sharing turned on, but it doesn't always work. I see lists of computers on the network in the left bar of Finder under "Shared" but (a) sometimes the same computer will be listed twice, (b) clicking on a computer name usually results in a long wait followed by a failure. BUT, if I go to the same computer by choosing "Connect to server" and typing an IP address, it loads perfectly.
*Screen sharing is the same way. If a computer shows up in Shared and I click on it and choose "Share screen" a long time passes and it usually fails. But if I load screen sharing and enter an IP address, it connects 100% of the time.
I am at a loss of what's going on, and of course Apple support communities blame XFinity, XFinity support says it's a configuration with my Apple devices since they can all get on the internet flawlessly.
Google Fu turned up no results. Hoping someone here can help?