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TTopher
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Share Mac mini's internet connection with TV? Reply with quote

First off, you guys have great forum here!

Here's my question. I'm thinking about buying one of the new Mac minis and wonder if this can be done. I would like to use the Mac mini for Plex and have it sit next to a 55" Sony internet connected TV, which requires a separate wireless adapter or input from ethernet for connecting to the internet. Would I be able to share the Mac mini's wireless internet connection and share it over to the TV with an ethernet cable. If so, what would happen to this connection if the Mac mini goes into sleep mode? I'm really trying to kill two birds with one stone here. Have the Mac mini as a media center for Plex and stuff and be able to use the built-in internet content on the TV without having to go out and purchase a separate $80 wireless adapter from Sony. Having a long ethernet run to our router just isn't an option.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know I use a wired router. then I use a 4 port switch.

one for my sony 46 inch smart tv one for my mini one for a spare and one

for mac mini mods.

I am anti wireless. I avoid it when ever i can. works great with a dlink router and a dlink switch.


By I don't know I mean most likely it won't work well. you can go wireless to the mini and then run an hdmi cable to the sony. that will play your mini's net info to the tv.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Internet Sharing will work. It's in System Preferences > Sharing. Check Internet Sharing and then share your connection from Wi-Fi to computers using Ethernet. The run an Ethernet cable from the Mac mini's port to the TV's port and you should be good to go.

I could be wrong on this one, but I think Internet Sharing disables your Mac from sleeping. So you can't sleep your Mac once you start Internet Sharing.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies!

That doesn't sound all that hard to setup. I can probably live without it working in sleep mode, too.

Now, which Mac mini to buy? I'm thinking the model with dedicated graphics would probably be the best. Then again, it probably consumes the most energy.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran a good quality ethernet cable to the area we have our TV located. I then run it to a TRENDnet Gigabit Switch. From there it links to my MacMini, DVR, Wii & XBox, then another cable heads off through the wall to my AppleTV. Whole system is linked to my Apple Router which links all of our Desktops and my iMac and provides Wifi. By using the Gigabit Ethernet I can quickly transfer my movies that I Rip on my iMac to the Mini which then serves as a host for the other computers. Works great and it's fast.

Yes stick with the dedicated graphics card, we're already seeing that the older ones are being left high and dry by Mountain Lion. Spend the extra few bucks. The great thing about the Mini at leas with my setup with XBMC is that it will sleep when not in use and then spring to life when I'm ready to watch a movie or access the files it has.
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