just got a new Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mlody, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    Just got a new Apple TV (from Costco if that matters). Is there any reason why I should use wifi connection over the wired connection? My Apple TV sits right next to my router so cabling is none issue for me.

  2. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    Wired is better. The only thing I have really noticed that favors wireless is sometimes updates work better of wifi. I have no explanation for it, but I have seen on these forums of people having slow or stalled update downloads over ethernet but solved by switching to wireless.

    As an example of my own experience recently, I was trying to update my iPhone (wired to my MBP and through iTunes) to iOS8 and it was telling me it was going to be 8 hours or more to download. Tried wirelessly and it was done in 20 minutes. I think similar things might be going on with aTV updates, but who knows?

    Go wired if you can and if you have an update issue try wifi.
  3. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
    Your wifi should be way faster than your internet connection, so technical issues aside (as mentioned by mic j), you shouldn't notice a difference in speed when streaming content from any of the apps (iTunes Movies, Netflix, etc.)

  4. mlody thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    Thanks all for the info. I went with the hard wired connection as it made more sense. My router is not the newest one (wndr3700v2), and I had an empty port available so it was none issue. My Wi-Fi is already congested so that is one less device that I do not need to worry about :)
  5. woodywoodz Suspended


    Apr 12, 2014
    generally wired connection would be more stable than WiFi connection.
  6. VideoBeagle macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2010
    App Q&A testing by request.
    There is currently an issue with the ATV os where the ATV3 doesn't wake from sleep thru ethernet.

    It will if on wifi, and if you click remote.
  7. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    If the Apple TV isn't connected via WiFi to your local network Airplay won't work. I don't think.

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