How good is the wireless internet reception on Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by NJRonbo, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Thinking of getting an Apple TV for a
    display that is on the far opposite end
    of the house from where the router sits.

    Internet from the router in that area of
    the house is fairly good.

    My question is, how good is the receiving
    WiFi capability of Apple TV? Can it deal
    with mediocre reception and with that in
    mind should I expect streaming difficulty?
  2. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I think video streaming should be okay, since it uses generous buffering. Airtunes however could be choppy.
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Thank You.

    I mean, I am going to use it just for Netflix.

    I know Netflix is very tolerable of subpar
    connection speeds.

    If anyone else has an opinion please add.
  4. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    I had sort of the inverse problem - one of my aTVs sits next to the router, great signal. But my media server (24" imac which is also my general purpose office computer) is in the basement with a so-so wifi signal on 5Ghz N. Streaming performance was good to great - no issues.

    I had an older Airport Extreme laying around after I picked up a new dual band extreme on the apple store clearance rack, and repurposed it as a 5Ghz extender.

    That makes me feel better, as my iMac now reports a transmit rate in the 240-300 range - but honestly, I see no difference in streaming performance...just makes me smile to see that big number when option clicking the airport icon in my menu bar.
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    Currently I am using a Fios router, the
    Actiontech router. It'e essential I use the
    Fios router because of the added features
    for television.

    But that's not my main point.

    I own an Apple Airport Extreme base station
    and the plug-in Airport Express base station.

    They aren't even in use.

    I am trying to figure out how to put those
    two Apple devices to good use to extend the
    overall wireless reach in my home. You know...
    what they call a "repeater."

    If you have any ideas let me know.

    Did find the Fios Router distance reception to be
    stronger than the Apple Extreme base router.
  6. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    I'd feed the Airport extreme from the Fios router. Depending on whether the Fios router is doing DHCP, you may just want to set up static IPs on a the airport network...might be a good idea anyway. Whatever may be connected to the Fios router can still be connected for TV, but you could move your computer and apple TV off to the airport network with a good 5Ghz N signal.

    Then use the Express as an extender - that is, hard reset the airport express, open the airport utility, plug the express in and set it up to join and extend your network.
  7. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007

    Have you seen anybody that has posted detailed,
    easy-to-follow directions on doing just that anywhere?
  8. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    I have not, but the Airport Configuration guide has always been very helpful to me -
  9. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Came up with a great idea that I hear works well....

    Going with a Powerline AV adapter.

    Plug the router into the adapter then into the wall.

    Put the receiving adapter across the house and plug
    the Apple TV into that directly....

    ....or hook it into a Apple Airport Extreme to expand
    the wireless coverage.

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