Is there a way to improve AirPlay speed?

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  1. AppleCruncher macrumors regular

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    Every time I try to airplay from my MBP to my AppleTv it is laggy as hell. Reminds me of dial up days.
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Strangely enough my aTV 3 is very good at buffering ahead so the actual network speed does not play very critical role with playback.
    PS That for sure only holds true for streaming media from iTunes. AirPlay Mirroring obviously can't buffer anything in advance.
    Also I notice that things like Beamer handle streaming differently from iTunes, so they also don't seem to send data ahead.
     
  3. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    The closer your laptop is to the router and the router to the ATV the better. Mine used to suck until I moved everything within 10 feet.

    Now it works very very good. Only lags every once and a while. Also the mouse has a lot less latency now.

    To make it even better I connected the atv wired through ethernet, that also helped a lot.

    Check this out, if your router has QoS settings that helps a lot as well.
    http://isource.com/2012/03/31/a-few-tips-for-improving-airplay-mirroring/
     
  4. AppleCruncher thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll give some of that stuff a try. Most of it I already do. If the device isn't mobile then I have it hard wired already. I don't have to worry about interference because I am the only SSID on the air waves here.
     
  5. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    The devices are hard wired or the atv is?

    I meant wire the atv, that will make it better than wiring the device air playing
     
  6. AppleCruncher thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have 3 ATV's. All are hard wired to the network.
     
  7. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    My Airplay depends on the video. Some seem to load up super fast, while others take much more time. With the latter, I just hit pause and wait for the white line to get out ahead far enough that it doesn't stop the video.
    P.S. I had a Samsung version of Apple TV for a couple of hours. That product is a true nightmare, and I returned the Note 10.1 and Note 8.0 after getting Apple TV/iPod/iPad/rMBP. ;)
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    It depends on whether the MP4 headers are located to the front of file (optimized). Eg in HandBrake, make sure the Web optimized checkbox is selected under Video settings.
     
  9. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a

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    A decent router helps a lot, especially if you're trying to route airplay to multiple Apple tvs.

    They're a bit pricey right now, but take a look at the crop of 802.11ac routers from Netgear, Asus and a few others. You'll get high-quality gigabit wired networking and enhancements to the overall quality and signal strength for all networked devices.

    If you're still on a standard like 802.11G, this is the best time to switch to 802.11ac; the benefits will be tremendous, especially once you start adding newer AC devices to your network.

    If you're on N and not happy with your performance, there's still reason to upgrade. The signal will be more resilient and consistent due to the new beam forming technologies in the ac standard.

    I'm just sayin' routers are important and treat yourself to a nice one. You deserve it!
     

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