Questions about ATV and Airplay

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by PhazonUK, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. PhazonUK macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    Originally I was going to get an AirPort Express for music streaming, but then I thought for £20 I could just get an Apple TV. So...

    1. Will the Apple TV work for music streaming without it's HDMI cable connected to anything? It will be plugged in to my home cinema system with an optical cable.

    2. Does AirPlay work on any WiFi network? Or does my router have to support something special?

    3. What's it like for audio streaming?

    4. Video AirPlay. Is it restricted to which apps it works with? Does VLC work or does AirPlay just send the video file to the ATV?
  2. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    1) I haven't tried this, but I don't see why it shouldn't work.

    2) It should work on any wireless network, subject to network speed. Any relatively modern router should be fine. Some people have reported poor network performance though and that could be due to the router they are using.

    3) Subject to network speed, audio streaming is excellent, and I haven't seen any reports of people having trouble. You can audio stream to multiple Apple TV's and the synchronisation is excellent.

    4) Video Airplay just works with the native video app and the youtube app at the moment. VLC doesn't send the video to the Apple TV.

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