8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2014 8:13 PM by mattadata
Jim Constant Level 1 Level 1

Is it possible for me to know the download speed my AppleTV is getting? I have it connected to my wireless home network like this:

 

U-Verse Gateway > (via Ethernet) Apple Time Capsule > Airport Express > AppleTV

 

I've tried to get a idea of what the speed is but I'd really like to know for sure because when I test the speed with other devices while sitting next to the AppleTV I get very different results. For example, my MBP is getting around 12.5 Mbps but my iPad is getting just over 6 Mbps from the very same spot.

 

Thanks


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 2.2 Ghz Intel Core i7
  • Desidarius Level 1 Level 1

    I could be wrong, but I think it has more to do with your internet speed (modem + router) than with the AppleTV. I think it can handle any load (the biggest load being streaming HD content), it's just a question of how fast your internet connection provided by your ISP can download it; streaming it from the  router to AppleTV should have little to nothing to do with speed.

  • Jim Constant Level 1 Level 1

    Sure, nothing will work properly without a fast enough internet download speed. But I've confirmed that I'm getting plenty of speed (16+ Mbps). Since it's connected wirelessly I expect it to be less than the full speed I'm getting from my ISP but I'd like to be able to measure it more precisely. If I sit next to my AppleTV with my Macbook Pro and my iPad and test the speed, I get very different results on the Mac vs. iPad. I want to see what the AppleTV is getting.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    If you have problems on your LAN they are often a result of interference. Interference can be caused by other networks in the neighbourhood or from household electrical items.

     

    You can download and install iStumbler (NetStumbler for windows users) to help you see which channels are used by neighbouring networks so that you can avoid them, but iStumbler will not see household items.

     

    Refer to your router manual for instructions on changing your wifi channel or adjusting your multicast rate.

     

    There are other types of problems that can affect networks, but this is by far the most common, hence worth mentioning first. Networks that have inherent issues can be seen to work differently with different versions of the same software. You might also try moving the Apple TV away from other electrical equipment.

  • Jim Constant Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Winston,

     

    I appreciate the response but I'm not saying I have a problem with my LAN. Things seem to be okay but I'm a little puzzled by the big difference in measured speeds when I measure with my Macbook and then my iPad sitting in the very same spot.

     

    I'm asking if there's a way for me to measure the speed at which my AppleTV is actually receiving data.

     

    Thanks

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    You could calculate it from the time it takes to completely download a file of a known size.

     

    It's not unusual for different hardware to perform differently, each will have a different type and size of antenna.

  • Jim Constant Level 1 Level 1

    I just may have to do that if there's no other way.

     

    Thanks.

  • James Kelly6 Level 1 Level 1

    If I understand your question right, you could run the Apple Network test while running a speedtest on your network. I did this once and the Apple TV was taking my network from 11-12 Mbps to around 1-2 while running Airplay and Hulu.

  • mattadata Level 1 Level 1

    If you have a Netflix account, there is a special video you can watch that will display your download speed. It works on any device.

     

    The title is 'Example Short 23.976'  Link http://www.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70136810