Chapter 2. Connect to Your Network

A DVD player plays back movies from the discs you insert into it. Your TV set-top box gets broadcast programming from a cable strung to your house or a satellite dish mounted on the roof.

The Apple TV gets its content from the computers on your home network. The Ethernet port connects to traditional wired networks, but unless you’ve strung cables through the house (which often involves drilling holes in walls and floors), you probably want to take advantage of the Apple TV’s built-in wireless networking.

Networking Overview

A network can comprise millions of computers, but for our purposes, here are a few common setups that are likely to match what you have in your home. What’s important is that the Apple TV can ...

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