Troubleshooting Wireless/AirPlay Issues

While we do show you the process for Connecting Projector Wirelessly to an AppleTV, show depending on the network in the area, wireless may not always be the best option. Here's some steps for troubleshooting issues you may have in a wireless setup.

Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points

Apple has created a suppot document that walks through best practices for configuring your wireless network. Following the steps they outline will give you the best success rate with your Apple TV. Click here to view their support article on this.

Eliminate one of the wireless components

If you have your Apple TV connected to the network over Wi-Fi and then you are using AirPlay to wirelessly connect the iPad to the Apple TV, you'll be using quite a bit of the wireless bandwidth for this setup. In your home, this isn't usually a problem. However, in a church where dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people all walk into the same room with smartphones, suddenly a great deal of wireless interference is created. This is even true if you are on a closed wireless network. These smartphones are always trying to search for a wireless network to connect to, so they pollute the airwaves with signals.

How do you know this is happening? Usually you'll see AirPlay stutter when it comes to video playback. If at all possible, connect your Apple TV to the network via Ethernet. This way, your Apple TV doesn't have to do everything over Wi-Fi. Often times, this will resolve nearly all stuttering issues with video as long as your iPad/ has a good connection to the network.

Eliminate wireless completely

If connecting the Apple TV via Ethernet doesn't resolve the issue, then it's time to remove Wi-Fi from the equation altogether. In this approach, you'll be bypassing the Apple TV completely and conecting the iPad directly to your projectors.

Be sure to take note of what type of connection your iPad uses and what video input options are available for your projectors. Options for iPads are either a 30-pin connector or a Lightning connector. Projectors will use VGA, DVI, or HDMI.

Once you've determined what connection your iPad uses and what connection your projector uses, now you need to get the right adapter to connect the two. A quick internet search will be your friend here. For example, if your iPad uses 30-pin and your projector uses VGA, your online search will be "30-pin to VGA adapter."

Here are some of the more popular combinations:

The last step is to run cable from one device to the other and you're done!

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