Apple TV and 802.11 B/ Gigabit?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by LightMast, May 23, 2007.

  1. LightMast macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
    I might grab an Apple TV along with my new macpro, but only have a "B" wireless router...all my office pc's are close enough to wire together. I see I can get a nice Linksys "G"/"N" for around a $100, but do I really need it?

    Will I be able to stream converted xvid and divx tv shows and music with a "B"?

    What about these Gigabit routers I see, any advantage there, or would an "N" be good enough? Thanks guys!
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I wouldn't want to be streaming much of anything over B wireless....especially not video.
  3. LightMast thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The problem is the bitrate and video size/complexity. While 802.11g will transmit a DVD-sized 1500 bit rate movie just fine (so long as there's not too much other traffic), when you get to HD-quality (e.g., 1080i, 2500 bit rate, Dolby Pro Logic II or 5.1) you'll likely have real issues with transmission. If you can go 802.11n, then I'd recommend it.
  5. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    If you're going to be upgrading from b, go all the way up to n. It'll cost you a few bucks more and you won't have to upgrade again for.. well, a year at least :)
  6. cblackburn macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2005
    London, UK
    If you are gonna spend money on the problem then I would stop and think how much effort and/or expense will be required to lay a cable to your T.V. In my experience the bandwidth provided by ethernet is always *much* more than anything a wireless equivelant can provide, especially if you are working in full duplex mode.

    100Mbit ethernet should be fine (effective throughput is about 85Mbit these days). I don't see video streams going above that for a little while :), and the B network left behind will be more than enough for surfing etc.

    Just my two english pennies.

  7. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Bite the bullet and buy the Extreme-N router. Your Mac Pro will love it too.
  8. LightMast thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
    Not to mention it just looks sexy ;)

    It's just hard for me to justify 180 for a router, when I can get similar performance out of a 99 dollar unit.
  9. LightMast thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Looks like their cheapest AEBSn is $158. Which one did you get?
  11. LightMast thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
    I bought it during the smack show, kind of a live game show for deals for 128+shipping from JR.

    I pay J&R full price, then jellyfish sends me a check.

    But I just realized I dont have a TV with component or HDMI :(

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