I have what Apple technical support says in an unsolvable problem.
I live in a motor home and wanted a way to watch my movies and pictures on my hi def TV mounted in the front of my RV. So I bought an Apple TV media extender. Using iTunes I found I could do that. However, if I wanted to watch movie trailers, YouTube, or pictures on Flickr, I couldn't access the Internet.
My configuration is a Dell notebook and Dell desktop running Vista Home Premium, both with wireless capability and can currently connect to the Internet through the RV park's TengoInternet.com. I also have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router. The Apple TV can connect to TengoInternet; however, like most short term ISPs, TengoInternet routes all initial Internet requests through their home page and asks for Username and password. Apple TV does not have the ability to pass on the user name and password.
I visited an Apple store in La Jolla, CA and a technician told me my Linksys router was not compatible with the Apple TV and suggested I buy an Apple Airport Extreme base station. I could then connect it to the Internet and then wirelessly connect the Apple TV to it.
I bought the Apple Airport Extreme but could not get past the initial setup screen. The desktop cannot see the Airport at all and the notebook gets hung up on the first configuration screen.
Tech support told me that for the Airport to work, it must have an Ethernet input from the modem. Since my notebook is internal and my desktop has an external USB wireless modem, neither can provide the Ethernet input to the Airport. Connecting the computers to the Airport via Ethernet cables makes no difference. The AirPort Utility setup program apparently needs a wireless connection from a computer and an Ethernet Internet input to function properly.
I also have the Verizon National Access - BroadbandAccess using the UM-150 USB modem using the Verizon EV-DO and 1xrtt cell phone networks. But, there is no way to frovide the Ethernet input from it to the Airport.
Is there any way out of this? Apple tech support doesn't think so.
RoadRoy in Escondido, CA