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Can one in principle get Apple TV to join/extend a wireless network even if that wireless network is from a non-Apple wifi router?

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By that I mean: Can one control an Apple TV from a Macbook if the network that the Macbook has joined is not broadcast by an Apple router?

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The Apple TV is a client device, meaning it connects to the router. However, the current generation Apple TV does not have the capability to extend the network; i.e. act as a router.

Edit: To answer the question you edited in, yes, you can control the Apple TV from any Wi-fi network, as long as it is a 802.11a,b,g, or n network. Wi-fi is Wi-fi, no matter what device is broadcasting it.

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Join: yes. Any 802.11 a/b/g/n network should work. Extend: no. The Apple TV can't extend any wireless network.

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Yes you can control an Apple TV from a Macbook even if the network that the Macbook has joined is not broadcast by an Apple router, but as others pointed out it cannot act as a router by itself.

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