ATV without a TV or instead of an Airport Express

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by eightball8, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. eightball8 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    Is it possible to setup a ATV without a TV? Can I set it up and rename it without ever hooking up to a display (a la airport utility or through iTunes?)

    I'm looking to use it as an airport express - to stream audio via the optical port.

    At the same price point I'm wondering why purchase another airport express (unless I wanted the USB port or to extend a wireless network). Why not just use an ATV.

    The hurdle I'm wondering about is the setup.

    Can anyone shed some light on the setup?



  2. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    You're going to need a tv to set it up. Don't think there's a way around that.

    But you can use it as an airplay speaker controlled from iTunes on your computer. (don't need a tv for that.)
  3. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Just hook it up to a tv to set it up, then move it to where ever you want it. as already mentioned, you can use it as a speaker in iTunes 10.1.
  4. gruff macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2009
    I was thinking of a similar set-up replacing my express hooked up to my amp (in a room with no TV). My expectation is that the occasional drop-outs I get with the AX would not occur with the ATV given its internal memory, which I presume provides better buffering - make sense or am I hoping for too much?

    My plan is to hook it up to the TV for set up, then control it via the iPhone/iPad remote app.

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