I noticed that when I download a large file over Wi-Fi my Airplay stream stutters and then dies out. I am just streaming audio from MacBook Pro 5,3 (e.g. Spotify) to my Airport Express. At the same time a Xiaomi Redmi 2 and a Huawei P9 are often connected to the Airport Express. No heavy traffic is going to them (only some WhatsApp and browsing)

During the download, data is coming in at around 6 MB/s, and I see that 200 KB/s is going up.

When I check my Wi-Fi statistics I see I have a transmission rate of 145 (Mb/s I assume), which converts to 18 MB/s so I should have plenty of headroom.

How can I give Airplay priority on my network, such that there's always plenty of bandwidth available to stream?

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    I see both those devices have 802.11n. The solution for me was to create a 5Ghz network, as this has a stronger/wider transfer rate, but is very weak through walls and distance. After 5Ghz it was streaming flawlessly.
    – emotality
    Jul 28 '16 at 22:30
  • See if you can find the QoS settings on your router. EDIT: Nevermind, I saw you have a Airport Express. For others that may have a different router, changing those settings may help. Jul 28 '16 at 23:05
  • @emotality I'll try that, thanks. Unfortunately, my phone does not support 5GHz so for me it's not a viable solution. I hope there is maybe a software solution. Jul 29 '16 at 14:43
  • Oh sorry, somehow I thought was between your Macbook 5,3 and AirPort.
    – emotality
    Jul 29 '16 at 21:05
  • The MBP is the streaming/downloading device, however at the same time phones are connected as well. Jul 30 '16 at 8:35

I don't know how to fix your issue but i can help you to go around it. So if you have the wifi 5GHz (dual mode) you can put your playing device on that network and the downloading device on the 2.4GHz network. This somehow helped me to fix the dropouts while watching videos online.

my config is: iPad playing music via airplay audio, macbook Pro downloading a video. airport express with dual wifi.

It is not the final solution neither the solution you are looking for but it helps in some cases.

  • Thanks. I believe my generation of Airport Express does not support dual band. I can switch between 5 and 2.4 GHz, but cannot broadcast them simultaneously. Aug 11 '16 at 17:36

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