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Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2013 11:24AM
I really like it when it works.

But many times it messes up video and/or audio. Usually the audio will fail first serving up content from my MBP to AppleTV 3 to the TV. To fix it have have to relaunch Safari and/or restart the ATV.

"It just works?" I hope it will come true.
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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: October 22, 2013 11:56AM
I haven't found it to be particularly flakey but occasionally, it fails to cut off a video's audio on the host computer when using AirPlay in mirroring mode.
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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 22, 2013 12:21PM
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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: guitarist
Date: October 22, 2013 01:30PM
I've got a complex network with multiple sources and destinations, Apple TVs, stationary and portable macs, mobile devices, multiple stereos, multiple speakers, multiple zones, and AirPlay hasn't failed once.

So..it's flakey?
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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: October 22, 2013 02:44PM
Your network probably needs some adjusting. Airplay works pretty flawlessly on a properly configured network with great WiFi coverage and speed.



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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: Bosco
Date: October 22, 2013 03:34PM
It's flakey for me too. It cuts in and out at various times. It's very annoying. I'm using a 2012 iMac, 3 airport expresses (2012 version), and an Apple TV2.

BTW: I have great WiFi coverage and speed. I believe my network is properly configured as well.

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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: October 22, 2013 05:00PM
I have two specific problems with airplay. 1) when streaming from my computer to multiple devices sometimes a single device will begin to stutter. I haven't found a solution beyond rebooting the destination. 2) once the stutter begins "sometimes" it will pause iTunes on the computer even though the other destinations were working fine.

I have tested my network for signal strength and for interference and found no problems. Since the issues occur on my home network it is acceptable although annoying. I think airplay should be robust enough that I could recommend it for commercial applications but I know it requires periodic checking and troubleshooting.

One thing that would be nice is if iTunes provided ANY feedback at all when there are problems. Unfortunately things like activity monitoring and logging are not present or are difficult to access. If anyone has a good way of accessing that kind of information please post it. I'm always glad to learn new things.



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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: October 22, 2013 05:26PM
I think a relevant point when discussing Airplay flakiness is whether the Apple TV is connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. I have no issues using Airplay to Apple TV connected via Ethernet.

Airplay is entirely dependent on a robust network connection. Ethernet/Wi-Fi G or N, 2.4G v 5G are all important details.

Our Airplay speaker will cut out if I step into another part of the house which has a different Access point.
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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: October 22, 2013 06:25PM
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bhaveshp
I think a relevant point when discussing Airplay flakiness is whether the Apple TV is connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. I have no issues using Airplay to Apple TV connected via Ethernet.

You may be onto something there. Mine is connected via ethernet.
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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: October 22, 2013 07:53PM
In my above mentioned situation I have three wired ATV's and three wireless airport express units. Most of the trouble comes from one of the wired ATV's. So while wireless can certainly be a factor it isn't always the culprit.



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Re: Why is AirPlay so flakey?
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2013 09:58PM
To answer your question, I'm also on ethernet.
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