Best Router combo for Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by irfan22, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. irfan22, Jun 1, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012

    irfan22 macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    Hey Guys,

    I know the ATV3 doesnt have a jailbreak yet but I'm assuming will soon? I want to jailbreak to install Plex.

    To prepare, I wanted to know what were some good routers to stream content to the ATV3? I have an old ass Linksys G router and looking to upgrade to a N router.

    Is Gigbit or Dual-band enhance streaming capability for the appletv? I dont plan on using a wired connection on my ATV3 but i do plan on adding a NAS via ethernet or an external HDD via USB.

    I plan on ripping my blu-ray collection and putting it on a NAS or external drive so i can stream to my appletv. I don't want to deal with connection buffering.

    My other devices include; PS3, Macbook Pro, Dell Studio 1555, iPhone 4s, iPad 2

    Any recommendations? I was looking at the D-Link DIR-655 Extreme-N Gigabit Wireless Router or the NETGEAR N600 Wireless-N Dual Band Router WNDR3400

    The Netgear 3400 doesnt have DNLA media that a deal breaker?
  2. GarrettL1979 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2012
    My new AEBS works great for this-- just replaced an old ass linksys myself.
  3. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    Another vote for the AEBS.
    The time capsule (if you need the backup drive) or airport express (if your house is not very big) may be a good choice also.
  4. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    The Airport Extreme has really worked well for me.

    It's certainly not the cheapest router out there, but it's been very reliable and I haven't had to worry about it since installing it about 6 months ago.

    Our old d-link router was always locking up or needed to be restarted.
  5. irfan22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
  6. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I wouldn't buy a router without gigabit ethernet ports. The Netgear doesn't have gigabit ethernet.
  7. macman05 macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2007
    I use a D-Link DIR-655 Extreme-N Gigabit Router and it works great with my Apple TV.
  8. irfan22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the Netgear 3700 which has gigabit and dual band. it also has usb storage with DNLA.

    Only 84 bucks on amazon.
  9. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    So does the linksys. I have the e4200 and it works great from one of a big hiyse to the other .
  10. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    Too expensive from Apple retail but not too expense from eBay. I snagged an AEBS on eBay for $50. It looks brand new and works flawlessly.

    There are deals. You just have to find them.
  11. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I have an ATV3 and an ATV2 networked into a Cisco SG 200-08, 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch, and then to a 2nd Generation AEBS to my Motorola Surfboard DOCSIS 3 modem and they all work great.

    I never have any issues with streaming or buffering. You'll certainly want to get a gigabit router/switch and have a decent Internet connection speed.

    Both my ATV's are hardwired with Ethernet, but I did have the ATV2 on WiFi for a while and it worked fine that way too.

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