AppleTV and Wireless Bridge

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ClemsonDV, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. ClemsonDV macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2012
    I have a situation where my AppleTV is upstairs on the opposite side of my house from my router (downstairs). Currently have an ASUS-NRT-12 router, but I am looking at upgrading to 2 Linksys WRT160N with DDWRT in order to provide my upstairs with stronger signals and my xbox an ethernet port. The upstairs will be set up as a repeater so i boost upstairs signal and provide ethernet ports.

    My question is... will the repeater wirelessly help my AppleTV (it buffers on wireless a bit when downloading high volumes). Will plugging the AppleTV into the upstairs router improve buffers? Or should i just not bother?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    This may help a bit. I had this going with my ATV1 for a while, but now my router is next to the ATV2 so it's just wired.

    Any way you can just run a wire to the upstairs?

  3. Primejimbo, Mar 31, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012

    Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I have a Time Capsule hooked up to my modem and a Airport extreme to the Apple TV in another room. I extended my network to the AEBS from the Time Capsule. I do this because my pass code for my network is really long and I got sick of typing it in. I has the AEBS sitting in in a closet (Time Capsule replaced it) and it works great. I stream from the Mac Mini (looked up to the Time Capsule) and Netflix works great too.
    You should be able to do the same thing.
  4. ClemsonDV thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2012
    I am just wondering whether wireless repeater will have a greater effect on the signal. Or will the wireless N from the AppleTV be getting the same strength as the repeater making it a moot point. I havent messed with wireless repeaters before so i was wondering.

    Or since the 2nd router is right there, should i just plug it into the router.
  5. lastig21 macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2012
    Since all of your devices will be running 2.4Ghz N, I would run a wire from the Repeater Bridge upstairs to your Apple TV. No need to muddy up the 2.4Ghz signal any more than you have to. The Router AP to Repeater Bridge throughput will be the limiting factor, so it doesn't matter if you connect your ATV to the Repeater Bridge wired or wireless (and additional wireless connections might degrade signal quality).

    Also, since you already have an N Router downstairs, you don't need 2 devices with DD-WRT for this to work. A DD-WRT bridge can connect just fine to a wireless AP with stock firmware.

    BTW, the WRT160N's are great routers and perform well with DD-WRT. "Limited" features by today's standards, but still perform great in real world use. Used/Refurb'd units are cheap and easy to find.

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