AppleTV as a network streaming device?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jeremytehjerk, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. jeremytehjerk macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Greetings, I'm considering an AppleTV and primarily interested in its performance in streaming content from the network. I've been reading a lot of reviews but they all leaving me wanting to be told more about how the atv is performing at streaming off the network. Please let me know how you have been using your appleTV to stream content and how it has been.

    As for my interests: my network is currently a g wireless network, single access point, no extenders. In an apartment, depending set up either both the computer of highest interest and appletv would be on wireless with one wall inbetween each and the router. or the apple tv would be a bit father and on the wireless network and the computer can remain plugged into the router.
    -Could this set up stream 720p h.264 content saved on the pc?
    -If not, using the same physical set up would upgrading to an n wireless router, still with no extenders be enough to make it work?
    -And I suppose lastly if wireless hiccups are too great for any wireless option to provide reliable HD streaming I assume any hardwire solution should run the content seamlessly?

    And some random questions of lesser importance that I haven't been able to find the answers to from reviews:
    -Is appletv able to stream using a playlist created on the itunes it is streaming from? (might be a dumb question but I cannot seem to find this as a listed feature)
    -In iTunes you can select a bunch of music videos and set them chain playing, does appletv have something to allow the same result?
    -I keep a lot of media files on external HDs, has anyone found streaming hd videos off of an external using usb 2.0 to be too demanding?

    Thanks for your time!
  2. Benicio10 macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Bump! These are exactly the same questions I have.

    I have a BlackBook and a WD Essential 1TB HDD (USB 2.0) where I keep all my music/movies/photos.

    I want to buy an Airport Extreme Base Station and an Apple TV to give myself Wireless N streaming. Will it be sufficient though?

    Also, What if I keep the External HDD connected to the BlackBook but connect the AEBS to the :apple:TV via ethernet? does that help at all even though i'm still streaming from the MB?
  3. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Um, yeah thats it's main purpose. wireless performance will depend on your installation situation. Wired is wired. Period.
  4. Benicio10 macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2007
    I didn't mention that I'm streaming mkv source files converted to Apple TV 5.1 (.mov) format in VisualHub.

    what kind of stability are people getting with that?

    so my setup will be macbook with external hdd streaming itunes wirelessly to an AEBS connected to an Apple TV via ethernet.

    If the Apple TV was wireless as well, how much of a loss in quality would i notice?
  5. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    As I said, depends on your setup. One or two walls between the two can make a big diff with wireless, or a heat duct or two. No way to say til you try it.
  6. Koola macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Generally if your on a N setup, streaming std/high def content is nice and smooth. Anything less and I would personally go with cable.
  7. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I stream HD content (720p) on a G network without problems going from my AirDisk to my Mac's iTunes then to the Apple TV.

    You'll be fine.
  8. TomP80 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008

    I am on a wireless-g network, and have no problems watching streaming 720p content from my pc two floors above. I have never had streaming problems - not once.

    Obviously a wireless-n network is going to be even faster - but if you already have an existing g-network, I would stick with that.

    Really, the only time I really wish I had an n-network is the two or three times that I have had to re-sync my entire ATV content (approx 100GB). On my g-network I left it going all night and the next day, and it eventually all synced without any issues.

    As far as day to day use of the ATV goes - a g-network is fine.

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