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iPhone 4S finicky mirroring to AppleTV

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Scott Konradt Calculating status...
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Oct 15, 2011 12:19 PM

Having issues with mirroring iPhone 4S (iOS5) mirrored to AppleTV2 (4.4). The mirroring feature doesn't seem to work as advertised for me. It stutters a lot or the image freezes and the sound continues to play. So, mirroring becomes pretty much useless and unstable.

 

I tried mirroring several different games. I thought it might be a bandwidth or signal issue. The wireless signal on the iPhone 4S does seem to fluxuate the local wireless signal, but the ATV stays consistent at 4 out of 5 bars. My iPhone 3GS within the same room even holds a consistent full wireless signal.

 

Even when I'm streaming content from the internet, my download speed is ~15 mbps.

 

Otherwise, the normal AirPlay feature of sending HTML5 videos from iPhone to ATV works flawless as long as it's not streaming VUDU content.

 

On a side note, sometimes AirPlay abruptly drops video streaming over a specific period of time. This seems like a bug. I found shutting of autolock within settings solves the issue. But, then disabling autolock completely defeats the purpose of having an autolock option.

 

Has anyone else experienced similar problems?

AppleTV 2, iOS 5
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,045 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 2:22 PM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    Issues with mirroring would likely be network related. The 15mbps would be your internet speed, airplay is using your local network. If there is interference or other bandiwdth intensive activities going on that could be it.

     

    I am on an iPad 2 and mirroring has been flawless, but I have nothing else running and the router is close by.

  • Dan Radmacher Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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    Oct 16, 2011 7:25 AM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    I'm having the same issue. Real Racing 2 is a mess. Sometimes no picture at all. When I do get video, it stutters so badly, the game is unplayable. Other games also stutter, though not as badly. Apple TV works perfectly otherwise - streaming video, music, etc., from my Mac Pro, Netflix and iTunes purchases, so I don't think it can be explained away as a networking issue. I've tried rebooting ATV and my router, but the problem persists.

     

    As is, mirroring is essentially worthless, which is a huge disappointment. That has huge potential, I think.

     

    Anyone have success in overcoming these issues?

  • dj psy Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2011 1:06 AM (in response to Dan Radmacher)

    i have the same issue with real racing 2 also. the game lags too much and eventually airplay switches off itself.

     

    i am beginning to think it's a router connection problem. but can't say for sure... i've always had weird issues with my router. i'm thinking if i replace my router, it will fix the problem.

     

    i also sometimes get this really weird issue where when i switch on airplay, it doesn't allow me to and switches back to the iphone. this happens after unsuccessfully playing real racing 2 with mirroring (this occurs even outside of the game with the game turned off). but after a bit of time, it fixes itself (able to use mirroring, airplay, outside of the game).

  • NASAWolf Calculating status...
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    Oct 19, 2011 11:13 AM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    I was having similar problem with dropouts.  Thanks for the tip on the auto-lock work-around; that seemed to help.  Still having freezes after a few minutes of inactivity, but dropouts seem to be gone.

  • Bread Boy Calculating status...
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:05 PM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    Having similar issues with my iPhone 4S. No problems with airplay and photostream works fine. Air mirroring works to start with but always after about 10minutes it stops working.

     

    Whats confusing me is that when it does it kicks every device on my wireless network off requiring me reset my router then all is well. At the same time it does this the air mirroring option dissapears completely from iphone 4S ( perhaps wifi lost and this is the first sign of it? )

     

    I'm reluctant to start messing with router settings and its not at all in keeping with my experience of Apple over last few years where everything ' just works'.

     

    I've done all the ATV2 updates today x2 and required me to put in all my details again so I think ( but need to check ) that its now on 4.4 or higher. I had hopes this would fix it but seemingly not.

     

    Is it worth ringing Apple helpline for stuff like this? Never have done before.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,045 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 10:24 PM (in response to Bread Boy)

    This sounds like a network issue.

  • Metahedz Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2011 2:29 PM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    I agree with the mirroring sucking as it is not bandwidth because I have no issue with anything else in my home over bandwidth. I have Airport with 802.11n and it is still glitchy. There is. Pearly a glitch and I'm disappointed with how they are not even recognizing the issue. If Steve was at the helm I doubt he would have let the feature see the light of day if it lagged this bad. Hopefully this. An be resolved shortly as this was one of the main reasons I got this phone.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,045 points)
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    Nov 5, 2011 9:53 PM (in response to Metahedz)

    Mirroring requires more than most things. These are network issues usually. I have not seen much lag at all.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4085

  • barclaysd Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2011 11:45 AM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    I agree, I have an iPad 2 and recently bought an Apple TV all on the latest software, iOS 5.0.1 for the iPad.

    This doenst really seem to make a difference in the game play of Real Racing 2 which is very fustrating.

    Has anyone seen a difference in iOS 5.0.1?

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,045 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:58 PM (in response to barclaysd)

    Lag would come down to the network.

  • barclaysd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:01 PM (in response to Scott Konradt)

    I wonder when the 'netwrok' will be fixed.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,045 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:04 PM (in response to barclaysd)

    I was referring to the user's network. Mirroring is perfectly fine on my system, but I have a strong network and nothing else being used in the background.

  • barclaysd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:11 PM (in response to vazandrew)

    Okay, thanks. What download speeds can you get on your network just as a rough indication of a suitable speed. I'm looking at buying a new router anyway.

  • Dan Radmacher Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:14 PM (in response to vazandrew)

    My network is perfectly fine for everything else but this. I can stream Netflix movies without issue. I can transfer large files between my Mac Pro and my wife's MacBook.

     

    I can do anything I've tried with my network with stellar results - except this.

     

    Seems to me, it isn't the user's network that's the problem.

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