My wife recently purchased me Apple TV for Xmas and I am trying to set it up so it can access my music over a wireless network and I am experiencing network latency issues when trying to stream music through Apple TV from an external hard drive. Here is a quick summary of my wireless LAN configuration:
My iTunes library is managed through my desktop computer. My desktop is connected to the network and internet via a wireless connection using the D-Link DWA-552 XtremeN Desktop Adapter. I am using the Netgear WNDR4000 as my network router. I have recently moved by iTunes content from my desktop hard drive to external hard drive directly connected to the router. I can access my content using iTunes on my desktop without any issues. When I try to access my content through Apple TV is where I have network latency issues.
Apple TV does see my iTunes library content but when I try to play a song through Apple TV it sits on the loading screen and does nothing. The most frustrating part it is that is inconsistent. It will sometimes stream the content, but it will randomly stop.
It shows 130.0 Mbps speed and four out of five bars for the signal quality for the D-Link card when I view the wireless connection status through the Network and Sharing Center application on Windows 7.
So my question is, what is the best to determine where the bottleneck in this whole process? Do you think my network card might be the culprit that is causing the network latency when it is used as a go between for another devices on the network? Is there a way to monitor traffic on my network between all my devices? Is there a way to configure Apple TV to access the iTunes library directly on the external hard drive without going through my desktop itunes?