Have you redesigned your network to support Airplay?

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Over the last year we have been redesigning our network to try and make it work best with Airplay.  Here is a list of things we ended up doing.

1) We designed first for peer to peer Airplay.
  • This included reserving 5ghz channels 149 and 153.  The bad thing about this is we had to manually assign all channels.
  • We eliminated all older Apple TVs that did not support peer to peer Airplay.  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204289
  • We eliminated / reassigned all older iPads that did not support peer to peer Airplay.
2) We stopped using Bonjour Gateway.
  • Initial reason for this was peer to peer Airplay does not need it, but we also discovered that if your Apple TV and client connect to the same SSID using different PPSK keys you can have them on a different IP subnet, but the clients still receive the broadcasts from both subnets.  Even our older iPads work fine with this "PPSK gateway".
3) We setup dedicated IP subnets and VLANs just for our Apple TVs.
  • For each floor of our building we setup a dedicated IP subnet just for the Apple TVs on that floor.  Doing this fixed another problem as it made the list of Apple TVs on the network change depending on what floor you were on.  
  • We only connect our Apple TVs via Wi-Fi.  Ethernet was not an option for us without installing additional cabling.
4) We updated iOS and kept our Apple TVs up to date.
  • We had tons of issues on both peer to peer Airplay and infrastructure when iOS8 came out prior to iOS 8.1.3.
  • We also setup all our Apple TVs to auto update.
5) We also setup restrictions on the Apple TVs to avoid the home page distractions since we are an EDU environment.  

I hope this helps someone find a setup that works for their environment.  So far our results have been great with this setup.  Airplay will still drop from time to time, but usually only a time or two per day.  I've even been able to Airplay for over 24 hours in testing!
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Ryan_w

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Posted 3 years ago

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Carsten Buchenau, Champ

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Outstanding - thanks Ryan!!
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Ryan_w

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You're welcome! :)
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Steve Glassman

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Ryan, I saw this post and it looks great but it's the first I've heard about the 5 ghz channels-is there an article or something I can read more about this?
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Ryan_w

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Hi Steve,  I think this link should be helpful.  http://help.apple.com/deployment/ios/#/apd8fc751f59
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Kushar Perera

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This triggered me a feature request :). Team Aerohive, you can come up with a simple tick box to force channel auto selection algorithm to leave 149 & 153 aside.
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Ryan_w

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Brian,  thanks for the info!  I don't see 6.6r1 for the AP121 yet, so I'll have to wait a bit, but I think I'll try it on some of our AP130s.  Ryan
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That will depend on if it is back ported to 6.5r3 or not. One for Mike Kouri to answer.
The AP121/AP141 will get the 6.5 golden 'LTS' release going forward but not the feature branch, currently 6.6, due to CPU/RAM constraints.
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Ryan_w

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It appears to be in HiveOS 6.5r2.2305 on my AP370s, so hopefully that is a good sign for the AP121.
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Nick Lowe, Official Rep

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That should be a yes then! :)
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Ryan_w

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Just updated my HMOL to 6.6r3 and it looks like this command is now available in all the APs we use, even the AP120.  I'm planning to switch to using it soon.