Slow AirPlay? How to improve AirPlay performance

Having trouble using AirPlay Mirroring? If you are experiencing poor performance issues (slow response, blurry video, low latency or intermittent playback) with AirPlay or AirPlay Mirroring, here is what you can do to improve AirPlay Mirroring performance:

  • Turn off Bluetooth on your iOS device (Settings > General > Bluetooth) while you are using AirPlay.
  • Get close to the router,  the closer you get to the wireless source, the better off you will be.
  • If possible, connect your Apple TV to the router via Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi (if they are the same network)
  • Restart all your devices including your router.
  • Make sure that your Wi–Fi router’s firmware is up to date.
  • Make sure that all of the devices have the most up-to-date software or firmware (your Apple TV, iOS devices and Mac).
  • Intermittent problems are often a result of interference that can be caused by other networks in the neighborhood or from certain household electrical devices (e.g., microwave ovens). You may want to check for wireless network interference. You may try moving or disabling these electrical devices.  Regarding neighborhood networks, what you can do is to install iStumbler  to  see which channels are used by other networks so that you can try to  avoid them. You may also want to enable “Auto Channel Scan” option, if your router offers this feature.
  • If your router offers “Wireless Intelligent Stream Handling (WISH)” or “Quality of Service (QoS)”, enable them.
  • Upgrade your old router. All wireless routers are not created equally. Be sure that you get a a dual-band router, 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz bands.
  • If the AirPlay icon doesn’t appear, please see this article.

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