How Many Apple TVs on a network

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ryanpfw, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. ryanpfw macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2011
    I currently am using a 2009 Mac Mini, 4gb ram w/ 2.53 GHz as a home theater, and with remodeling coming I'm planning to add two Apple TVs to my network.

    Right now I have no issue recording television with my Elgato EyeTV, exporting files from EyeTV while watching TV from Front Row. Should adding two Apple TVs strain the Mini?
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    If you're doing all of those things simultaneously, maybe it would strain it. Will you be streaming your iTunes library from the mini to the two ATV's also simultaneously? You HDD speed may be a factor if you're doing all that stuff.
  3. class77 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    I have 2 ATVs on my network and they stream with no problems
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I have 4 ATV's on my network. Theoretically just streaming video to an AppleTV should be very minimal CPU and really Minimal data stream as well. Maybe if you were watching something on the Mini, converting and serving two streams you might run into issues with data streams, but I couldn't be sure until you try it. Just serving the data shouldn't be a problem.
  5. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    You've left out the most important pieces of info:

    What is your ISP? Run to let us know what your maximum upload and download speeds are?
    What is your wireless router?

    Without those tidbits, we can't know how close to saturating your wireless infrastructure you may be.
  6. ryanpfw thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2011
    Thanks all,

    Irishman, 25.49 MBps download speed, 4.41 MBps upload speed. Since revised plans and may have 3 Apple TVs if possible. Would obviously see how it handles the workload, but just hoping someone else out there is one step ahead of me. :)

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