Peer to peer airplay works like a dream :)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Abazigal, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. Abazigal macrumors 604

    Abazigal

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    Teacher here using airplay in the classroom. Finally got around to updating my friend's Apple TV to the latest software, and it now supports the new peer-to-peer airplay feature, which is pretty neat.

    My Apple TV doesn't even need to be connected to the network, and my ios devices can now airplay to it. The connection seems pretty stable - I was able to stream music and videos to it without any noticeable lag, plus the range seems pretty good. I can finally do away with the need for a router. :cool:

    Now I feel like getting another Apple TV (mine's the 2012 model, and I don't think it supports this feature). Ah, first world problems... :(
     
  2. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    so, how does this work?
    I think I looked into it before but heard about issues or some issues happened when i tried.

    Does it need any network
     
  3. Abazigal thread starter macrumors 604

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    You shouldn't need any network, but you do need the 2013 model of the Apple TV. Make sure both wifi and Bluetooth are on for your iOS device. Slide up control centre and you should see the AirPlay option.
     
  4. Lorenzo F macrumors member

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    My iPhone and Apple TV are already connected to the same WiFi network. Is there a significant advantage to using Peer-to-peer connection over what I have now? Is the lag time really noticeable?
     
  5. Abazigal thread starter macrumors 604

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    It's more of the convenience for me when I am using it in my school, as I don't need a dedicated router in the classroom, and other colleagues who wish to hop on it don't need to connect to my network first (which also solves the complication of having to give out the password).

    It's not so much of the lag time, but I feel the quality of images seem a bit better. Possibly because there's now one less device in the mix, which I think might improve the efficiency of which data from my ios device reaches the Apple TV.
     
  6. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    ok, that was the drawback to this. I think I have a 2012 AppleTV, or maybe 2011? not too sure on that but not a 2013.

    I was hoping to use this at my in-law's house when we have birthday parties, rather than make a DVD slideshow, simply send it to a hooked up AppleTV.

    He doesn't have internet/WiFi.
     
  7. KiwiAdventure macrumors 6502a

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    Try playing a movie or a TV program even a clip from iTunes as this does not work on peer to peer it should but doesn't.

    Just spent 2 hours at the local Apple Store and could not get this working. Even tried other Apple TV's in the store and didn't work. The staff were at a lost on what to do next.
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    You mean from iTunes Store?
    Must be a missing internet connection problem. I am not sure the iPhone knows how to route correctly between mobile and local wifi network if both are active at the same time.
    Can you access iTunes Store content on the phone?
     
  9. iDento macrumors regular

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    Wireless or Bluetooth

    This peer to peer is a wireless or Bluetooth thing? I'm asking because if it's wireless tech then imagine what the next generation of Apple TV with wireless AC can do!
     
  10. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    It's regular wi-fi technology and appleTV has done it since day one.
    Modern wifi chips just allow for point-to-point connections without the access point in between.
    Bluetooth is used just to exchange the WLAN handshake information. Just like NFC is in Android world.
     
  11. Abazigal thread starter macrumors 604

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    The transfer is done over wi-fi. Bluetooth is used to pair your ios device to the ATV.

    I am not sure wireless AC will net a substantial benefit. I already have no problems streaming video from my phone to the ATV. Maybe if you want to stream 4k video or something? Still, this seems like something H.265 can solve.
     

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