Networking problem

Equipment used:
HP Photosmart 7510 (wireless print)
Apple TV (3rd generation)
iPad 3

Intention: to wirelessly mirror the iPad screen on a TV and to wirelessly print files created on the iPad.

The equipment was set up and tested on a home broadband network which was password protected. It all worked perfectly.

At the exhibition venue, the equipment was tested before the event. Their wireless network required a browser to open a splash page which then asked for a username and password. The Apple TV found the network but didn’t ask for a username or password. Similarly, the printer found the network but didn’t ask for a username or password. The iPad found the network and did enter a username and password through a browser. However, none of the equipment could see each other and no amount of configuration helped.

The next morning the equipment was tested again as per the night before and this time, for whatever reason, they could all see each other. For a period of about an hour the wireless connection held. Then I wandered about fifteen to twenty metres away from the Apple TV and printer. When I tried to print a file from the iPad the button was greyed out and I discovered that I had lost all connection with the other two pieces of equipment. No further connection could be established wirelessly no matter what was tried (including attaching an ethernet cable from the network to the Apple TV).

When I returned home all the equipment worked perfectly again using the home wi-fi network.

Explanations given;
1. The printer and Apple TV need static IP addresses.
2. An ethernet cable should be supplied to the stand which then plugs into our own wireless router. The iPad, Apple TV and printer are then connected to that routers network (this would avoid issues involving several routers creating one large network in a venue).
3. Faulty equipment. Forums reveal that Apple TV (3rd generation) is completely unreliable and that the Photosmart 7510 model of printer is equally unreliable for its wi-fi connection.
4. Wi-fi is too complex to guarantee any sort of success in varying situations.

Any confirmation of the above explanations welcome!

One Response to “Networking problem”

  1. Chance says:

    Not convinced by the ip argument. I think the hotel network was probably more of the problem.

    I agree with the wifi is complicated statement ! And yes to ethernt

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