Hard Wired or WIFI

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Siron, Feb 23, 2008.

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    Siron

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    I have a simple questions (and I apologize if it's been asked before - I did do a forum search).
    I have the faster of the DSL options with a Gigabit N router. Will I get a faster connection if I hook up the ATV with a CAT 6 cable or WiFi?
    Thanks
    Alan
     
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    dogtanian

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    I believe ethernet is a little faster but it depends whether you have space to run a wire, if you don't then 802.11n looks fine :)

    dogtanian
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    Either one should work fine. Either one (ethernet cable or wifi) is faster than your DSL line. I started with wifi on a "g" network, but switched to ethernet and, for me, it has been somewhat less hassle.
     
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    aross99

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    If you have an easy way to use wired ethernet, I would go that way - especially if your iTunes library is on a wireless computer. You will find much faster sync times with the apple TV if both devices are not on the wireless connection.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    wired will give you a more reliable connection than wireless. if you have it use it!
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Just switched to wire from a G networked Wi-Fi connection. I hadn't any issues with Wi-Fi, but my satellite TV receiver has added functionality with an ethernet/internet connection that I just started utilizing. This satellite receiver also has throughput for another ethernet cable. So hooking up my AppleTV was as simple as about a 2' cable from the AppleTV to the receiver.

    So far, so good. I do notice faster syncing, but haven't had enough time to check it out any further. So in my case, it was a "why not?" no brainer to wire it up.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Isn't 802.11n faster than ethernet?
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    Ethernet is a wired connection & can run upto 1Gbps. Standard n transmits upto 70Mbps (If I can remember correctly). But it all depends on your system(s)/ router & cabling. If your streaming lossless or .WAV audio & video files to your :apple:TV or other device, I would always recommend a direct wired connection. Its also safer security wise. I like to be secure with my network & data, you never know who's out there. But when wired, make sure your router/server has a firewall or your system has one.

    If you are unable to use a wired connection, then wireless is still good. But streaming video, depending on the bit rate/ sample rate for audio/visual, it could get chopy & annoying, sync'ing your media to your :apple:TV would solve the problem, but large files, i.e. 3.6Gb, may take a while to sync.

    Hope that helps.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    The Apple TV unit currently has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, not gigabit. Typical speeds for 802.11n connections range from 144 Mbps to 270 Mbps. A lot of different factors can affect the performance of a wireless connection and it's stability, but conceptually the wireless connection should be faster in optimal conditions.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    My appologies, I thought the :apple:TV had the 1Gb network interface? getting mixed up with Airport Express?!? :p & I miss read the 70Mbs, was getting mixed up with through put which is 74Mbs. They are trying to get a through put of 600Mbs from what I can read here?
     
  11. macrumors 68020

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    Anyone know why it doesn't? Seems to me that gigabit is most useful in media area, especially when transferred from your mac.
     
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    Cave Man

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    The best thing to do is to put a big ole eSATA drive on your Apple TV.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    I ran mine wired for a few months, then unplugged it when I was moving furniture. I keep meaning to plug it back in, but I notice zero difference, so...
     
  14. macrumors 68020

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    Amen
     

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