How can I get Home Sharing in iTunes to stay connected?
February 21, 2013 10:54 AM Subscribe
I can Home Share via iTunes (from PC to laptop), but can't get the connection to stay.
posted by Twicketface to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I work from home and want to stream music from my (home) PC to my (work) laptop.
Both machines have iTunes installed and I have Home Sharing turned on for the PC (source of music). I can access my all my PC music on my laptop...but only for about three hours at a time (it varies). It will abruptly stop and my PC library no longer shows up on my laptop's Shared area.
I also have the option checked to keep track of play counts (so when I'm done with a podcast on the laptop, it shows the Play count as '1' on the PC's iTunes), but this too works occasionally and inconsistently. I've also tried turning on Home Sharing on the laptop as well (sharing the laptop's library with my PC) but the problem still persists.
My PC is hard wired to the internet and I use WiFi for the laptop. Signal is strong. I've never lost internet connectivity to the laptop (I guess I could have for a second or two without noticing, but I've never had a webpage not load when losing connectivity with iTunes). I have my PC set to never go into sleep mode (I leave it on with the monitor off when I'm working).
Once the connection is lost, if I go back to the PC's iTunes it still shows Home Sharing as turned on. If I turn it off and then turn it back on again, the laptop will 'rediscover' it.
Searching has brought up more issues with AppleTV rather than just home sharing within iTunes. Any help/suggestions is appreciated!