Which network configuration should I use?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by littfam, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have an AEBS with a 5400 rpm external 500 gig seagate attached to it via usb
    2.0. that is connected to my 2wire dsl modem via ethernet. My AEBS is running as a separate network in 802.11 N "only" mode for streaming purposes for my apple tv downstairs (still excellent signal strength). Would I be better off "extending" the 2wire network with the AEBS and placing the AEBS next to the apple tv downstairs and connecting to the apple tv via ethernet for the purpose of "streaming HD 720p content"
     
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    geoffreak

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    If what you have works fine, don't change it. You won't gain anything by switching the config.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there any speed difference in the two different set-ups?
     
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    geoffreak

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    If anything, it would be slower for all the other devices on your network.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    The :apple:TV hasn't got Gigabit ethernet, so a good strong N signal should be faster, shouldn't it?
     
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    geoffreak

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    In theoretical speeds, yes. When you add on the overhead for maintaining a wireless connection, not so much.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    My theory with any ATV setup is if its working fine, leave well alone. Lots of people on here (myself included) have had problems at one point or other with their ATV setups, many of which have been hard to resolve, so I think if you find something that is reliable, just stick with it.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree that one should not fix it if it is not broke. I have used this configuration now for the last year and a half, and have decided to store all my HD content locally on my apple tv, and playback is very smooth. On the other hand any HD content streamed from my network drive will play fine also, but with noticeable stuttering every so often. FF and RW is definitely a no go though. Maybe I will set it up this way later this afternoon and see what happens. I would be willing to sacrifice speed in the network for smooth playback on the apple tv, if it turns out that way.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    A wired connection will ALWAYS be your best bet.

    Like geoffreak said, 802.11n should be faster, but in reality even 100 mb ethernet is faster.
     

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