Buffering is ridiculous while streaming video from iPhone to Apple TV

Hondamaker

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I'm so mad I think I had a small aneurism. I took a few 3-4 minute video clips on my iPhone 4S yesterday. Today I tried showing my wife the clips on my tv via AirPlay. I have a new, 3rd gen ATV and an iPhone 4S both running the latest software/firmware. The video clips would take 3-5 minutes to buffer before the clip would start. That is effing ridiculous! All I wanted to do was watch a brief video or two. I tried a 10-second clip as well, and that took 30 seconds to buffer. This is unacceptable. I have an Apple airport extreme router as well as an airport express to extend the network. Is there something I can do to fix this? I feel I should be able to start the video and watch it, not not sit here looking dumber (than usual) waiting for a tiny video to play. Any help will be appreciated!
 

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Well, if it were real slow, it could indicate a problem with your local network. But those speeds are fine so your wifi pipe is fat enough. Next in line I would suspect your ATV is in a poor wifi area. Have you tried moving it around?
 

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Well, if it were real slow, it could indicate a problem with your local network. But those speeds are fine so your wifi pipe is fat enough. Next in line I would suspect your ATV is in a poor wifi area. Have you tried moving it around?
As soon as I got home from work I moved the ATV so it would be more out in the open and voila! Instant video playback from my iPhone. Thanks for the tip, Dave.
 

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OK, now I'm having the same problem again. It's really pissing me off. My Google TV plays all video instantly, but no, my ATV3 takes forever to buffer before playback. I just tried a 12-second video clip of the video I took with the iPhone, and it took over 60 seconds to buffer.
60+ seconds to buffer a 12-second clip. My wi-fi is good, the60+ seconds to buffer a 21-second clip. My wi-fi is good, the ATV is out in the open. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions?
 

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I had the same issue on "slideshow night" with my family at the beach. I think AirPlay is still rather buggy, especially on IOS6 Beta. Restarting devices generally helps. Have you tried Settings -> General -> Restart on the ATV3?
 

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Resetting didn't do squat. I'm getting furious. I expect more out of my Apple devices. I mean, c'mon. I have an Airport Extreme base station, extended with an Airport Express, using the newest ATV, iPad and iPhone, and currently it's taking 2 effing minutes to watch a one minute video clip.
 

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After plugging in my cat5 cable into the ATV, it works great. Looks like I'm going to have to work something out and rearrange a bunch of stuff in order to properly enjoy the ATV3.
 

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I too am frustrated with the buffering of video from iCloud and also when I pull from my iPhone 5s on air play. Is this a common issue or just a hut or miss occurrence? It took around 10 minutes to buffer a 3min video from iCloud.. Unacceptable. Should be very little lag, if any.
 

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I read somewhere once about unplugging it from power for a few mins then plugging it back in.....the purpose is to clear out the cache