11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2016 3:48 PM by BaronBoris
Astonp123 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an airplay enabled AV Receiver - how do i set up Airplay


I have a Yamaha RX-V673 which is Airplay enabled, but i can't get Airplay to work either on my Mac book or my iphone. The receiver is connected to my network and i can control it using the iphone App and via the web browser option.


Do I need Apple TV or to change some settings somewhere?


Any help would be greatly appreciated



Mac Pro
  • littletree76 Level 1 (55 points)

    Any receiver which is Airplay compatible means no other device such as Apple TV is required to stream music from Mac (Mountain Lion Mac OS 10.8.x required, older versions of Mac OS X are not supported) and iOS devices (agsin make sure iOS version is up to date ,ie 6.0.1 or 6.0.2 if you have iPhone 5 or iPad mini).


    Make sure no password protection has been set for Airplay feature on your receiver, fire up Apple Music Player on your iPhone, locate white Airplay icon (solid triangle in hollow rectangle) next to volume slider at the bottom of display. Click on the Airplay icon and a list should popup to show all avilable Airplay devices, if your receiver is not in the list, then there is no way to stream music to the receiver. No specific setup procedure required on iOS device (works out-of-box by default), refer to receiver's manual for proper setup.

  • Astonp123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks littletree76,

    Looks like I need to upgrades the OS on my Mac book to begin with, however my iPhone is 6.01 so I'm not sure what the issue is there as there is no icon visible. I suspect there might be an issue with the router!


  • Astonp123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Swapped the router this afternoon for an older one and Airplay has worked fine on the Mac book (but not the 'I' devices) for about an hour then just dropped out and the icon disappeared. The icon then came back on the Mac book and all of the 'I' devices but dropped out after a few minutes.

  • littletree76 Level 1 (55 points)

    You are making some progress with setup of wireless network. Apparently there is reliability problem with the wireless connection. Perhaps you want to refer to following Apple support documents and start tweaking parameters in the router to improve the reliability. I used to have third-party routers such as Belkin and Netgear but switched to Apple Airport routers (Time Capsule then Airport Extreme for now) because of incompatibility issues whenever Apple upgrade Mac OS X. But since Apple develops Airplay protocol as alternative to Bluetooth for wireless audio/video streaming (with much better bandwidth) and must be deployed in any wireless network, there is no reason third-party routers not working for Airplay protocol.


    About AirPlay Mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion:



    iOS: Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points:



    Troubleshooting AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring:



    Good luck in setting up 802.11 wirelesss network.

  • littletree76 Level 1 (55 points)

    Forgotten to mention following critical setup to ensure reliable connection for Airplay streaming:


    If your router is close to the Yamaha receiver, then use Ethernet cable to connect between the equipments instead of relying on wireless connection. This way, you have one hop of wireless connection (iPhone/Mac > Router) and one hop of wired connection (Router > Yamaha) instead of two hops of wirless connection.


    I have Apple Airport Extreme as main router with all networked devices connected to this router through CAT6 Ethernet cables. These devices include Synology Diskstation DS212 for wireless Time Machine backup, Apple TV 3 for video/audio streamings and Sonos Zone Players for audio streaming. Main audio system make up of Zodiag DAC, Bel Canto power amplifier driving Bowers & Wilkins 683 tower speakers. Audio quality and connection reliability through Airplay/WiFi should be better than Bluetooth when set up properly. I can stream music from iMac/iPad/iPhone through Airplay/WiFi from any corner of my house to the high-end audio system without loss in audio fidelity and connection reliability (unlike Bluetooth there is no connection dropout at all).

  • Astonp123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again littletree76 do seem to be making some progress by connecting using Cat5 connections, the connections do seem much more stable now

  • Jason "The Howler" Howell Level 1 (0 points)

    I found that manually setting up the network connection in the receiver menu is the best way to ensure that all functionality (including AirPlay) is most reliable. In automatic network mode (DHCP On) I noticed that my receiver would disappear from the network. The manual method ensures that the system has a permanent network address.

  • nickfindlay Level 1 (0 points)



    How do you do the manual set-up?  My connection to the router is via Ethernet.  If I unplug the router and plug it in again I see the airplay icon but if I then turn off the receiver it loses the connection.  Very annoying!!! would appreciate any advice.



  • patniemeyer Level 1 (10 points)

    Is it possible to change the name of the receiver as it appears in airplay?  I am not seeing this in the manual...

  • Bumpz Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, you can type the receiver's ip address into your web browser and access settings to change the name.


    I had much better connectivity with my airplay when I disabled DHCP and entered the ip address manually in the receiver settings.

  • BaronBoris Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all,


    Thanks for the information. I have managed to fix this problem. I have switched off DHCP on my receiver and on my Airport Time Capsule and my receiver is being recognized for airplay again by my iOS devices.