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techmonster Level 1 (5 points)

Hello Everyone,

                       I am very impressed by mirroring functionality provided by Airplay of apple tv. I have a 2010 Macbook pro purchased in mid 2010. Unfortunately, my mac doesn't have quicksynch tehncology hardware support for airplay to work in mountain lion. So, I never upgrader to ML. However, I have been playing around with Air Parrot. I have noticed a lot of choppiness while playing videos.


                      Both my macbook and apple tv are currently using Wi-Fi. I am guessing the lack of smoothness in video mirroring is because of wi-fi. Has any one tested by using ethernet cables. I mean connecting both MB and ATv to broadband modem using ethernet cables? Did it improve video quality ?



Thanks in advance.

Apple TV, Apple Tv 3
  • bewildered2604 Level 1 (0 points)

    I use strickley WiFi for my airplay and have no problem that you describe.  I do however have much later equipment. ATV3 and the new Ipad and Ipod touch.  They both work flawlessly. So I would suggest that you try connecting them directly to the router to see if there is difference. To get good quality video you should be using a wireles N router.  Let me know how you make out.

  • litterbuggy Level 1 (5 points)

    Please do post once you try it.  I finally invested in a TV so I wouldn't have to sit 3 feet from my 20" early 2009 iMac, which I've been using with an HDHomerun to use the iMac as a DVR. The TV is grand, but AirParrot is unreliable at best; most of the time it lags, jumps, and eventually cuts out.  It could be that a new router (with N) would do it, but frankly if a cabled setup will work to watch content on the TV, I could sell the new AppleTV and use the proceeds to replace the old router anyway.

  • billtils Level 1 (100 points)

    I use Airparrot a lot and have never had any problems - MacBook alumin(i)m unibody, running Mountain Lion, and a powerline (DeVolo) network connection. 

  • techmonster Level 1 (5 points)

    Okay, so I tested this week. Following is my observation:


    1. When one one end of connection(MB to Router or Router is ATV) is wired (ethernet), it has improved performance however there was occasional loss of frames but not too many to affect viewing experience.


    2. When I disabled audio mirroring, I see that it improved performance even better.

  • litterbuggy Level 1 (5 points)

    I forgot to mention that I had better performance when I disabled the audio.  The sound from the stereo hooked up to my iMac is better anyway.  Meanwhile the new modem has been ordered.  I needed it anyway, and it will no doubt improve streaming on my iMac, too.

  • AlexXxander 1921 Level 1 (0 points)

    I got a Mid-2010 iMac (i3) and a ATV3. I faced some performance issues while streaming HD-video content from the web (3 Mbit DSL) and tranfering by WiFi (incl. a APExpress as repeater) to Mac and back to ATV via Airparrot (mirroring). So I have tried Dlan (Devolo 500) as an alternative to WiFi. Performance has improved significantly ! Now I am quite happy (but still anoyed that Apple does not support older machines with mirroring on ML).


    But i guess my i3-iMac is now quite at the border of it's video coding/decoding performance.


    ---> give Ethernet (or Dlan) a try.


    iMac 21" i3 (mid 2010)

    iPad 2

    ATV 3

    iphone 4s

    3x APExpress (for music airplay, 1 also as repeater)

    AirportExtreme generating WiFi

    Samsung on WXP

    Dell on Win7

    3Mbit DSL on Speedport700 Router

    3x Devolo 500 (compact) for Dlan

  • billtils Level 1 (100 points)

    Interesting investigation - seems like my Dlan 500 mght be why it works for me (and you!) but not some others.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 (19,185 points)

    billtils wrote:


    Interesting investigation - seems like my Dlan 500 mght be why it works for me (and you!) but not some others.

    I've recommended the Devolo adapters for several years now - our microwave used to regularly interfere with wifi signals when it was on - seems less of an issue with current router, but I far prefer the Devolo 200/500 mix I have to wifi.


    Not really tested Airparrot much but a quick try seemed ok.



  • sanchez22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi! Sorry for my poor english.

    I've the same configuration,than You. iMac 21" mid 2010,ATV 3,Air Parrot.

    Now ,my question: How did You connect the Powerline with the ATV? Or did You connect

    with Powerline only the iMac,and the router?



  • AlexXxander 1921 Level 1 (0 points)



    The iMac, the ATV and the Airport Extreme are connected by Powerline.

    The Airport Extreme is connected to the Router by LAN (Ethernet).


    However I still have some smaller stuttering issues. Especially when I stream sports (soccer, hocker) to the ATV it's not really perfect (but by far better than via WiFi).


    I really do not know where this remaining stuttering comes from. The CPU is loaded by 30% only, memory is free (9 of 12 GB left over),.... network is for sure not overloaded. I also played around with the settings of my Samsung TV.

  • sanchez22 Level 1 (0 points)



    Only one question more: how can I connect the Powerline ( Ethernet cable ) with the

    ATV HDMI input?

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 (19,185 points)

    sanchez22 wrote:




    Only one question more: how can I connect the Powerline ( Ethernet cable ) with the

    ATV HDMI input?

    You don't.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 (19,185 points)

    AppleTv has HDMI output not input and it goes to your TV.


    The powerline adapters do not support video.

  • sanchez22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot!


    As I can understand,I need 3 Powerline Adapters.One for the iMac,the second for the Router. But,the third one,(at my TV-AppleTV), wich way is connected by the Ethernet cable?With the TV?


    Stupid question?

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