Apple TV Internet usage

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Prawnstar69, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    i was using my Apple TV uisng 3g internet from my iPhone and kept track of my internet usage after using it for around 15-20mins, it only sent and recieved around 1-2mb, i was just wondering if the usage is really that low? Its Amazing!
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Um if you weren't streaming content from the Internet that is typical - if you stream a 10GB movie it'll use 10GBs ...
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    what did you do for those 15-20 mins? if you streamed a song that could be normal, now way you streamed any video and used that little
     
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    Yeah, what were you doing? just monitoring idle usage?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    i was just checking how fast the games work, its lags alot on wifi but no lag on 3g, games tried (order and chaos (little lag), Geo 2 (no lag), Modern combat 3)

    i also did connect the 3g to my computer and streamed a 4min video, and it only used around 1-2mb.
     
  6. macrumors demi-god

    mmomega

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    I wasn't aware there were games on the Apple TV.


    or are you saying you created a network on your phone and joined the Apple TV to it and Airplayed games from the phone to the aTV?

    Also the quality of a video being streamed will determine the amount of data used. Like someone mentioned, a 10GB video will use 10GB of data once it is done streaming.
     
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    HazyCloud

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    Games can be played via AirPlay. Some games like Real Racing 2 also fully support it so the iPad/iPhone screen displays something different than your TV.

    I just downloaded Draw-It which mirrors the game to your Apple TV and makes any iPad or iPhone a controller with the free app called Push-It. It also supports up to 15 players at once.
     
  8. Prawnstar69, Dec 29, 2012
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    thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok so in the end, i can play games without looking at the usage but i got to keep track of the usage when i see videos. right? games wont take much usage?

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    gameloft games are supported by appletv, ur iphone/ipad will be the controller, except for order and chaos, tried asphalt 7 and modern combat 3 , ur iphone is the controller its amazing!
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    It depends where the videos are coming from. If you are streaming them from the internet, then it will use up a portion of your data allowance. If you Airplay a video that you already have on your phone or homeshare a video from iTunes it won't use up your data allowance.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    i always use airplay to stream my video, can u tell me the approx. usage of streaming a video (1.5gb) thru airplay?
     
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    0 if you already have the video on your phone or mac
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Well using AirPlay is kind of like utilizing the Home Share on Apple TV - its all done through a Wi-Fi to Wi-Fi connection - all local - no Internet required - the 1-2MB would be data like email or other background downloads coming into your iPhone. It may also be the app downloading a little data.
     

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