ATV2 Network Drops and Streaming Issue

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  1. gj02 macrumors newbie

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    I had an ATV2 last week but took it back for the Update problem, and random Network drops and bad streaming
    Im thinking of getting another on Wednesday but I would like to know the best way to stop the random network drops and streaming issue.
    The youtube stream would have to wait until its buffered half way before playing, this could take a while depending on the length of clip

    Im using a netgear wireless N300 DGN2200, the ATV 2 is connected to a wireless network with these settings below, do they look ok or am i doing something wrong ?


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  2. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Running something like an Apple TV, or any streaming device, on a wireless network isn't really the best. There's a display in the settings menu of your ATV that will show signal strength, you should check that and report back.

    The next thing I'd do is see if you can possibly run an ethernet cable from your router to the ATV. If you can, try it and see if it corrects your issues. Than you might think about making that cable permanent.

    If you can't wire the ATV with a network cable then you'll want to make sure you have enough signal strength at the ATV. If not, you'll need to relocate either the router, ATV or both to correct it. If that doesn't work you'll need to look at a better router to improve the signal the ATV is getting.

    Personally, you will have a lower cost and more reliable connection if you can can run 1 ethernet cable to your system. Its bulletproof. If you need to connect more devices later you can install a simple network switch for $10-20 that will add a lot more ports.
     
  3. gj02 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WOW

    Thanks for uber fast reply

    the signal strength was full bars, the router was about 2 meters away from the unit
    my router has 3 or 4 ports
    and the 1 ethernet cable is running to my computer upstairs

    as i said the wifi signal was full on
     
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    No problem.... If the router is that close there's no reason to run it on wireless. Grab a cheap ethernet cable and that should solve your problems.
     
  5. gj02 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    in theory yes lolz
    but its a 2 meter across the room, i will need a cable to run round the room as apose to across it

    what would of caused the crappy streaming ? even airplay from my phone, like a 2 min vid recorded with ip4 would have issues straeming
     
  6. OptyCT, Jun 27, 2011
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    OptyCT macrumors 6502

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    Prior to getting my AppleTV, I called up the local cable company to come out and relocate my modem. That way, I was able to run an ethernet cable from my ATV to my router. When streaming content, why leave it to chance? Plug it in when you can.

    I can tell you now that you won't receive a satisfactory answer to your question "What causes my streaming problems?" The truth is there are dozens of variables that can cause streaming problems. The ethernet cable would eliminate most of them.
     
  7. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    ATV2 streams video, even 1080p video, fine off wireless. Mine's the opposite side of the house to my router, and there's no problems, even on 5GHz.

    Then again, I use a Time Capsule to run my wireless network, not a cheapy Netgear.
     

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