Apple TV 2015 Ethernet port

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by 3rdiguy, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. 3rdiguy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Whats the difference between the new port and older model and will I have to buy a new Ethernet cable? I prefer that type of connection to wifi in my personal situation.
  2. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Perhaps I missed something but they are both showing 10/100 ports, so no change.

    And Ethernet isn't like USB where you have specific incompatibilities. It's more like thickness of jumper cables. Better is more, but better is not always needed. So a cat 5 will often work even when a cat 6 is recommended. Especially if it's a short cable.
  3. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Most people would normally agree with that view. Unfortunately Apple has made the wireless capability faster than the wired ethernet. You will probably be better off using wireless if your router can handle the latest AC spec.
  4. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2013
    This will only really apply to internal data transfer (itunes library), because as of now, most peoples bottle neck is not the lack of Gigabit ether speeds, it is their ISP, for example, I have 75/75 Fios, AC will not make that any faster. Also, my PC with my itunes library, really isn't fast enough to max out 100 MB ether speeds, so for me, wired is still fine.
  5. colodane, Sep 13, 2015
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    colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    If Apple has indeed used a slower Ethernet connection than wi-fi. A 10/100 Ethernet port on this latest-generation Apple TV would be a very poor design choice.
  6. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    I'm unaware of any video content the Apple TV can play that needs a faster connection than 100Mbps. It should make 0 difference unless your wifi is spotty, then the ethernet option will be more reliable.
  7. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2010
    Williamstown, NJ
    People just want something to complain about
  8. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    What about Games? When you install a Game it has a limit of 200mb. Once you open the Game it can download up to 2gb more. More and more Internet Connections exceed 100mb. My son has 200mb ($54.99/month). He is with TWC can could actually go to 300mb for $10 more. I am with FIOS and only have 75 but my office account is 150. My router has a GB WAN Port to support > 100mb connections. So, yes why not allow for a faster download of the additional parts of the Game? Also, while watching a movie would be nice for it to cache more of the movie faster. Of course you can use 802.11ac Wifi which is now faster then the Ethernet Port. But why not put in 10/100/1000 Ethernet? That has been the standard for many years on ALL of my computers (much longer then 802.11ac). Also, Wifi is used for more things then just 1 of my ATV's.
  9. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Games could indeed benefit from GigE in theory. However, in practice no game will download on-demand resources in large chunks. The developer guide recommends 64MB chunks.

    As mentioned elsewhere, the reason for using 10/100 Ethernet could be power consumption. GigE typically consumes a few hundred mW per port in operation. That's a lot for a low-power always-on device like the Apple TV (the present model consumes about 2W when streaming and about 200mW in sleep mode). 10/100 ports typically use significantly less power than GigE (in one Broadcom PHY that I'm familiar with it's less than half).

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