A strange question about Airplay Mirroring from MBA to Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by OceanFrog, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    This is probably a stupid question, but here goes anyway ...

    I was thinking of buying an Apple TV. One of the main ways I'd use it would be to use airplay mirroring to watch movies from my MacBook Air on the Apple TV (for example MKV movies that are not supported by Apple TV ... I know, I know, but I dont want to spend time/effort converting formats).

    However, I only have satellite broadband with very low download limits of 10gb/month. I'm already hitting those limits.

    So here is my question ... will using airplay mirroring between the MBA and Apple TV use up my bandwidth allowance? Or is bandwidth used up by actually downloading from the Interwebs???

    Apologies if this is a stupid question, but I cant find the answer anywhere.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Bandwidth is only on the net

    Example streaming from Netflix

    Anything that stays inside your own network like MBA to Apple TV is not using your bandwith
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    Your download allowance should only be used up by downloads from the internet. In the case you describe you should be fine.

    You should look into the Roku/Plex combination, instead of your proposed solution.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could you tell me more about this Roku/Plex combination?
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Roku makes streaming STBs (www.roku.com) like the XS 2. You can install the Plex (www.plexapp.com) client on the Roku box and stream from any Plex Server. You can install the Plex Server on any computer you want, and stream anything in your library to the Roku. The Roku also has H+/Netflix/etc built in.

    I just bought an XS 2 for someone and it was $70 ($30 cheaper than the ATV). Plex is free.
     
  6. wharzhee, Jan 13, 2013
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    I just want to add...

    I had streaming issues at home when I was airplay mirroring at 1080p. [such as lagging issues, distorted images, unsync-ed sound]
    All is fine at 720p.

    you would want to reconsider that option.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    If he has a 1gb wired LAN he won't have peoblems
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have satellite "broadband" ... that is my problem!!! My download speed is about 2.5mb/s, and latency/ping is around 800ms.

    Will this be enough LAN/network capacity to use Apple TV properly?? Or will this even matter???
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    if u're not into the iTunes eco, there are many other options than ATV.
    As suggested by the other users.

    Air-mirroring has no buffering time, so if the (local) network isnt fast enough, u'll have issues.

    Doing stuff locally (such as using an ATV or a roku, with another computer in the same local network) would not touch ur limitation(10gb, if i remember reading correctly) - so u dont have to worry about the download speed and latency issues[that u mentioned - and u're worried abt].


    update: personally about the wired stuff. even if the speed is good with wires. i don't want to go back to the old days when I have to attach lan wires to bed just to use the internet.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    What is your home router
     
  11. macrumors 601

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    You are confusing Internet speed, ur 2.5mb, to your intranet (much higher).

    WIFI speed problems relates to a sub-optimal WIFI setup. WIFI is one of those things that many times requires extra effort on your part beyond it-just-works.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Just tell me your Router at home (not the ISP) and i'll tell you what you can do
     
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm using an Apple AirPort Extreme
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    Which Generation? or which year if you prefer
     
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I bought it 18 months ago ... it's the 4th generation 802.11n firmware 7.6.1

    Thanks for all the help btw. Beers on me if I ever meet you guys (especially Ratatapa)!!!
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    Ok let's try not to ****ed up this explanation

    Your AirPort Extreme has the 5ghz wifi and gigabit LAN

    Now to stream here is what you can do

    If you have an Apple TV 2 nd gen

    You can config it on wifi( on the 5ghz band or with the Ethernet cable and stream 720p no problems)

    Apple TV 2nd gen cannot do 1080p


    If you have the 3rd gen

    You can config it on wifi( on the 5ghz band or with the Ethernet cable and stream 720p no problems)

    But if you want 1080p I suggest you use the Ethernet cable to use the 1gigabyte speed

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    Also going to bed so won't answer till tomorrow if you have another question
     
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

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    @ Ratatapa ... thank you
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    Np
     

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