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Old Nov 4, 2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Best network for ATV 3

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Since its has 100mbit, is it better to use 5ghz wireless network? Its a little bit choppy whem streaming form the macbook air. Thanks
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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The best network for an ATV is an ethernet cable.

Failing that, I recommend a QOS-enable WIFI router.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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The best network for an ATV is an ethernet cable.

Failing that, I recommend a QOS-enable WIFI router.
Second that. Based on my (pretty strict) comparisons, measurements and benchmarks, the ATV3 has a particularly bad Wi-Fi unit compared to Apple's other products. Cabling should always be preferred to avoid stuttering / lengthy pre-buffering.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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With a 2006 iMac serving via gigabit to an Airport Extreme then wirelessly to 2 ATV3's on different floors in an old granite, thick walled house I never, ever get stutter problems. I strongly disagree it's bad wireless setup.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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With a 2006 iMac serving via gigabit to an Airport Extreme then wirelessly to 2 ATV3's on different floors in an old granite, thick walled house I never, ever get stutter problems. I strongly disagree it's bad wireless setup.
Well, my unit may be a dud, then. Compared to other Apple products (iPad 3, late 2009 17" MBP etc.) it always produced way, sometimes orders of magnitude worse results over Wi-Fi (but not over cabling, where it has absolutely no problems streaming videos).
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 05:29 AM   #6
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With a 2006 iMac serving via gigabit to an Airport Extreme then wirelessly to 2 ATV3's on different floors in an old granite, thick walled house I never, ever get stutter problems. I strongly disagree it's bad wireless setup.
Then how can it be that Airplaying videos from my iPad3 to ATV3 always drops the connection! Even if the file is just 45secs long?! It's really annoying and I suspect the WIFI connection. Anything else wouldn't make sense to me.
The AirportExtreme is in the same room btw. Both bought last month.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 06:35 AM   #7
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Then how can it be that Airplaying videos from my iPad3 to ATV3 always drops the connection! Even if the file is just 45secs long?! It's really annoying and I suspect the WIFI connection. Anything else wouldn't make sense to me.
The AirportExtreme is in the same room btw. Both bought last month.
Does the same happen if you use a cable between the router and the ATV3?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 06:10 AM   #8
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Mine is connected wirelessly using an Airport Extreme. I've had no problems at all, with no buffering lag to speak of.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 02:56 PM   #9
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Since its has 100mbit, is it better to use 5ghz wireless network? Its a little bit choppy whem streaming form the macbook air. Thanks



Wired will always be better than wireless. Wireless will never beat wired when it comes to latency. Period! There is so much overhead and interference with wireless that you will never get a good solid connection. Just run the wire and you will be happy.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 02:28 PM   #10
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Wired will always be better than wireless. Wireless will never beat wired when it comes to latency. Period! There is so much overhead and interference with wireless that you will never get a good solid connection. Just run the wire and you will be happy.
Thanks. Ive tried both and didn't see any clear difference.

Im still not happy with the performance when streaming from any of the computers. Its not as good as it was with my WDTV Live. There just seems to be lower framerate somehow. Animated shows looks good, but a show like Modern Family with a very 'moving' camera looks choppy compaired to watching it on the computer. I have a very very good 5ghz router, and the best wireless performance I could hope for. The ATV is wired.

Has somebody tried airplay from a macbook, wired vs wireless and seen a performance increase with the wire?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:25 PM   #11
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Since its has 100mbit, is it better to use 5ghz wireless network? Its a little bit choppy whem streaming form the macbook air. Thanks
I've been using my 5GHz band since I got the ATV2, and it has been working flawlessly.
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