Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2012 11:25 PM (in response to Howker)
Internally the Apple TV can only use one interface at a time, so you either have to connect it via wired ethernet (which disables WiFi) or disconnect the ethernet which will enable WiFi . However, if you connect the Apple TV to a wireless router using ethernet then you can access that very same Apple TV over WiFi with your iPad & iPod touch (via the wireless basestation/router).
Of course, the same is basically true if you don't connect the wired ethernet to the Apple TV. In that case the Apple TV will connect to your local network over WiFi and you'll still be able to use your iPad & iPod touch to access the Apple TV. Thus, as long as you have a WiFi basestation or router you can use either technique as long as the Mac that is hosting iTunes is part of your local network (i.e. connected to your basestation/router).
If you have a choice it would be better to connect the Apple TV via wired ethernet (IMO).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2012 10:12 PM (in response to Waymen)
Thnx Waymen. Very comprehensive explanation. This house is pre-wired for TV,Phone & Ethernet so there is an ethernet plate right at the TV but since I also have a wifi in the house used for Apple mobile devices wondered what was best.
I have a cable modem out thru a wired router into a gigabt switch which feed all the various ethernet points plus thats where i connect the wifi into.
Anyway thank you again for the info.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 8, 2012 1:23 AM (in response to Waymen)
thank you for this information. Now, I have a slightly more complicated setup:
- an Airport Extreme acting as router
- an Apple TV 2 connecting wireless
- an Airport Express in bridge mode, also wireless.
I use the Airport Express to play music on my stereo, which doesn't have an optical line-in.
Now what happens when I use my iPhone to stream video to the AppleTV?
- Does it connect directly to he AppleTV?
- Does it always connect to the nearest Airport device (which is the Airport Express)
- Does it switch between the AP Extreme and the AP Express?
Sometimes the video stops playing but when it resumes, it has skipped a couple of seconds, so it's not a buffering issue I guess, but more a local connection issue.
Should I connect both AppleTV and AP Express to ethernet if possible?