Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 7:50 AM (in response to rvashko)
My question is this: if I hook up Apple TV to my network via Ethernet, how does this affect how it communicates with all of my other devices which use a wireless connection?
It won't make any difference whatsoever.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 8:37 AM (in response to Winston Churchill)
Thanks much. My follow-up question: if I hook up Apple TV to Ethernet, is there any need to use the device's wifi? Or can I just "de-couple" Apple TV from its current connection to my wifi network?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2012 11:30 AM (in response to rvashko)
to be clear, once you connect your router to the ethernet port on the appleTv the appleTv will switch off its wifi feature but STILL connect to your other devices connected to that router EVEN IF they are wifi or ethernet connected to that router.
I Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to chris-topher)
Hello all, based off the above thread i have ethernet connected to my ATV2 but i still see wifi as being connected both at the ATV2 and at my router. How can i tell if im connected over ethernet or wifi on the ATV?
Thanks much in advance.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to rvashko)
If your Apple TV was connected via Wi-fi, then all you did was connect the ethernet cable, you will still be on Wi-fi. You need to restart your Apple TV. Then it will detect your ethernet connection and turn off the Wi-fi.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to rvashko)
So I've been struggling with long buffering times from other devices on my wireless network to my AppleTV. For example, streaming 1080p video content from iTunes on my iMac. I had to wait so long to play a video it was almost not worth it. I was also having video and audio stutters when mirroring my iMac on my AppleTV and using MobileMouse to control the iMac from the living room.
I found a forum on how to check speed of the AppleTV using the Airport Utility. The most my AppleTV was getting is 65 mbps and the worst was 19 mbps.
I solved this problem by plugging the AppleTV into the Airport Express LAN ethernet port. Now the AppleTV can communicate to the base station at 100 mbps (max speed of ATV 3 ethernet port) and since the iMac is doing 144 or 180 mbps, buffering is almost no time and airplay mirroring looks really realy good with only a little bit of loss of quality.
To confirm, if you have an active ethernet connection to your ATV there is no option to join a wireless network. If you go to Settings > General > Network, you'll see that you are connected to ethernet not wireless.
With over 10 "i" devices in my network and two base stations and two other wireless and wired clients, I think giving the AppleTV an ethernet connection is a great way to solve slow buffering and airplay mirroring slow downs. At least it will help you isolate the issue.
BTW, the AppleTV never had much issue playing video from the internet, only from the local network over wifi.
OH, I should add, all of the features avaialble on wifi are available on ethernet: Homesharing, using the Remote App on iPhone, Airplay from iPhone, iPad or Mac. etc.
If you are having losing visibility of the ATV from other devices on your network, it may be that you have put some sort of wall between your ATV and everything else. For instance, maybe you connected your ATV to your cable providers router, but the rest of your devices are connected wirelessly to your Airport Base Station which is also connected to that router. If the Airport Base Station isn't in bridge mode then you won't be able to see any devices not connected directly to the base station.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2013 6:32 PM (in response to Harry Tajchman)
I have become increasing annoyed with ATV. I have it wired via Ethernet to the system in my house. An Ethernet switch/hub by the TV has the ATV, my amp, a Mac mini plugged in. That switch goes to another switch/hub in my network. My router is an Apple time capsule which connects to my Comcast modem. I have two apple tv's. One for travel and one for home. I have tried them both and get frequent timeouts when I rent iTunes movies. Fewer timeouts when I watch netflix shows but enough to be annoying. ITunes movies are nearly unwatchable. I have had comcast out to review my system. Rebooted everything numerous times.
I get 56 Mbs down and yet many timeouts. I like the idea of plugging in an AirPort Express near the tv and hard wiring the Apple TV. Would the express be setup in bridge mode?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2014 10:43 PM (in response to rvashko)
I've had a similar issue while streaming videos via AirPlay from OSX and iOS devices, where ATV3 (6.0.2 6646.81.1) was buffering for extended periods of time (over a minute), sometime failing (no error, but 3+ minutes was enough for me), without the buffer progress bar moving at all (or very little). The videos played fine while being viewed directly in OSX or iOS. This has started sometime after the last upgrade in October/November and has gotten progressive worse. What resolved it for me, was resetting ATV3 (Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings).
Hope this helps someone out.