Apple TV 2 WiFi

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by thatoneguy82, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    Last night, my AppleTV kept dropping it's WiFi connection. It would stay on then off in about 10 seconds. My password was entered correctly in and every time. I even tried my different router (I have 2, my TimeCapsule and my VZW FiOS receiver). That didn't work. Kept doing the same thing. The only thing that did work was a direction connection through the ethernet port. I have an APE behind there for my DVR on demand and the audio through my receiver. I could always get a splitter but I don't know this started happening all of a sudden.

    I have turned it off, restarted, updated software, still the same issues. With the splitter, would that degrade the speed of the devices connected to it?
  2. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Maybe someone nearby is on the same frequency? Otherwise it does seem very random.
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    WiFi is very prone to interference. It's testament to the work of all the engineers, because it's such a crowded spectrum.

    Using a network switch from the Airport Express won't degrade the speeds, in face you might even see slightly better performance since you'll have one less WiFi device in the neighborhood.

    Eventually, you should think about getting an Ethernet line run from your router to your TV. It's going to be more important as time passes and we start watching more HD on our streaming devices.
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    you could use (I'm assuming you're on Lion) Wi-Fi Diagnostics Utility (System\Library\CoreServices\) to check for interference.

    Have you changed anything since the wifi connection was stable? The placing of the ATV2, added something next to the TV, put up a new painting between the ATV2 and the router or anything that could cause problems? Even a refrigerator can be a reason to why a wifi connection is unstable.

    The claim that the bit rate of HD content will increase faster than the wireless technology transfer rate will is quite interesting, what makes you think that this is the case?
  5. MagnumOP macrumors regular


    Jul 5, 2010
    I have occasional problems with mine so I am now using Ethernet.
  6. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4S: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    If you have the ability to use Ethernet over WiFi, I always recommend that route. Ethernet is faster, more stable and not prone to interference like WiFi is.

    My iMac, Xbox, and ATV2 are all hard-wired and the only thing on my WiFi is my iPhone.
  7. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    If you can't or don't want to run an ethernet cable, home plugs is always an option. A bit more expensive, but it does the job.
  8. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I run wired Ethernet wherever I can, if you can't do that get a dual band router like the Airport Extreme as the ATV2 supports the 5GHz WiFi (albeit shorted range than the 2.4GHz).
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    My Apple TV also cuts out from WiFi periodically. I wonder if it is heat related (someone took theirs apart and found the WiFi chip was exposed to more heat than maybe intended).

    I've gone the ethernet route, it's faster and more reliable.
  10. Confuzzzed macrumors 68000


    Aug 7, 2011
    Liverpool, UK
    Since the recent Airport Utility upgrade and associated Airport and Capsule firmware update, my Apple TV does not speak to my mac mini been told to check they are on the same wifi network. Don't know why, because up until the update, the two were very happy together. And they are too far away to link with ethernet cable. My Apple TV (AT2) is upto date
  11. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Have you rebooted the ATV2 and the Mini?
  12. Confuzzzed, Feb 6, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012

    Confuzzzed macrumors 68000


    Aug 7, 2011
    Liverpool, UK
    I had booted the mini but didn't think booting the ATV2 was necessary given the firmware update was for the Airport express and Time Capsule! Yet rebooting worked!!! Marvelous

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