Airplay on non-Apple routers

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  1. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Bought a Netgear N600 to go wireless on my home network.

    Now, been reading about how only Apple's wireless routers (the Express and the Extreme) can do Airplay?

    Is that true? Did I choose the wrong router for Airplay??
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Only the Express can do AirPlay and even then only audio.
     
  3. profets macrumors 68040

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    You do not need a specific router for airplay. What you need to worry about is having two devices that the airplay will work between (like an iPhone and Apple TV), and they both must be connected to the same network.
     
  4. Irishman thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How does one fling video content from an iPad to an AppleTV then, if only one Apple router supports Airplay audio (not video?) You know, like in the demos and reviews?
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Any router can pass audio or video as it's just a data stream. I thought you were interested in endpoints.
     
  6. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    Gizmodo had an article today that someone wrote a hack that will make AirPlay work with any router. I'd suggest checking it out.

    Protip: If you hate new Gizmodo layout (and 99% probably do), go to ca.gizmodo.com
     
  7. profets macrumors 68040

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    You can do that easily with an iPad and ATV as long as they are connected to the same network (in a home for example).

    Airplay already works with any router.. Are you referring to the articles today about the private key being discovered that is used for airplay?
     
  8. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

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    It happens because AppleTV is AirPlay enabled/capable.

    Apple's Airport Express is also AirPlay enabled. It actually has a speaker output port.
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Here's a graphical representation of what others are saying.

    Apple's Airport Express is the only Apple router that lets you stream music to an amp (or speakers) that are directly connected into the router. Note the audio cable between the router and amp/speakers.

    [​IMG]

    When it comes to streaming audio/music to a stand-alone device like an AppleTV, the router doesn't matter.
     
  10. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

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    I think you're getting confused about how the AirPort Express works. An Airport Express can operate either as a Wireless network device or it can operate as an end point for receiving AirPlay audio. When it's working as an end point it can connect to any wireless network. The make of the bits in between your computer and the Airport Express/AppleTV don't matter.

    Apple's got some AirPort Express FAQs that might help make things clearer.
     
  11. shandyman Suspended

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    any router can do airplay, right now i'm using airplay to stream video from my ipad to my apple TV.

    i can also airplay from my iPhone and iPad to my PC too thanks to a PC app :)
     
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    Airmedia player
     

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