Originally Posted by DocNo42
WDS will extend your network, but it halvs your bandwidth
If you can't run Ethernet cable easily, look at systems that run over the power line. Can be double to triple N speeds.
powerline sounds expensive. It is getting cheaper.
Frys.com sells their FR-300RTR (it's a rebranded dlink wireless N router) for $29. I decided it was time to create a separate network bridge just for video streaming...so for less than $75 I bought two of these and installed DD-WRT firmware and it's a happy place. I have the new Apple TV and Roku plugged into that bridged network. My two bridged Airport Extremes are now used exclusively for the multiple ipads, iphones and laptops. Yes, we notice a difference.
Back on topic, I had the first ATV. We used it a lot. I just installed the new one, it's actually a relief for me. No more syncing. I hate syncing devices.
The UI is butter and paired with the iPad it's fantastic.
I wouldn't doubt if I save $99 in electricity per year going to the new version from the old! That old one was HOT!
I have hopes that AirPlay is the 1000lb gorilla no one sees coming. I hope it is 'Play' like it says it is, as in gaming, movies and iphone/ipad content. If I can play Angry Birds on the 52" well...that would be interesting to start...then add all the other games and applications.... Apple won.
We'll see what Google / Logitech / Sony bring in a couple of weeks.
And yes, Netflix is winning all of this. I signed up again 2 weeks ago after dumping them 2 years ago. I'm not alone.
Netflix on Roku vs. Netflix on ATV: ATV wins hands down. The stream and quality is somehow better and the interface is way better so far.
Also waiting on Hulu plus on Roku....and the jailbroken ATV version...