Apple TV using iphone WIFI?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by eternalvictor, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. eternalvictor macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    Am interested in getting the Apple TV but want to check something before I go and spend my money on something that might not be able to do what I need.

    Basically the internet I have in my house is pathetically poor, i'm talking pretty much double dial up internet speeds, and there is no sign of this changing anytime soon seeing as I live right at the limit of the telephone exchange.

    As such I currently have an unlimited data plan on my iPhone and use the Personal Hotspot function for my internet at home. I find this is more than adequate and lets me play online on the PS3 fine so the speed is pretty good.

    What I want to know is can I use my iPhone WIFI hotspot to connect to the Apple TV rather than having to use my pretty poor wifi speeds on my home broadband?
  2. yashrg macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2008
  3. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Interesting question - I'd also wonder how Airplay (mirroring, or Airplay games) would work in that setup, would there be less latency when there's no Wifi router in the mix?
  4. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    The ATV2 would see the iPhone as just another wireless connection.

    As for airplay, couldn't one set up a wifi router and create a network without an internet connection hanging on it? Sure, one could...
  5. eternalvictor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    You're quite right that this could be done but my issue is that I have my iMac downstairs and when I want to use the internet I turn the wifi off on the iMac and connect via my bluetooth hotspot on the iphone. Therefore if I keep doing this I have to remember to keep switching the wifi back on and disconnecting from the bluetooth hotspot.

    I wish there was a way for me to have my iMac setup to only use the wifi for sending stuff to my airport express or potential apple tv purchase and still let me use the bluetooth hotspot for when i want to use the internet but I've been told this can't be done as the iMac can't have two connections at once.

    Therefore if I put the Apple TV upstairs I would prefer to just connect it via wifi to the iphone and watch stuff on the apple tv through that, with me having to put the wifi back on on the imac if i want to stream anything from there.
  6. ajo macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Coming in on this post, sorry if its old.

    You can use your iPhone Wifi to Airplay to AppleTV, I have done it and it works very well, much better in my experience than through the home wifi.

    It responded much faster and Mirroring was perfect.

    My question is though does this use up data through tethering, or is it just purely used in this case as a router?


  7. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Could always pick up an Airport Express to extend the network. That would solve the issue for both the iMac and AppleTV in terms of connecting to one network, then you would just need your modem (iPhone) in order to get actual internet.
  8. Aquaduck04 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    What benefit would the airport express have? If I'm sitting right in front of the TV, why would I need the range extended? Sorry for the dense question. Thanks!

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