Apple TV Dissaster

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by GRuizMD, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. GRuizMD macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2007
    Laugh at this one:

    I invite friends to come and see my brand new apple TV and to convince them on how good is to switch to Apple stuff.

    Start up a movie and everything goes ok, but by the middle of the movie (ripped and streaming from iMac - seen before by me...) the ATV freezes and looses connection....

    I try desperately to troubleshoot and even blame the rain or my friends cell phone to try and throw a smoke curtain until I Get things worked out...

    But after unplugging my ATV... It disapears from iTunes to never come back...

    I spent the rest of the night reinstalling itunes, ATV, going into forums while my PC friends laugh at my non working all-Mac-setup....

    Ohhh boy....

    ATV refuses to show up in itunes... It can access the network, download youtube stuff and watch trailers and It plays what it sync'ed, all this happen while watching a streamed movie.... NO changes were done, except unplugging the damn thing...

    So anybody has any new tricks to fix this situation?

    Some more data on my stuff

    iMac connected wirelessly
    Motorolla Modem/Wireless Router on Cable connection
    No firewalls at all (I know, risky)
    Wireless connection to ATV without any hacks on latest software version
    iTunes 8.2 (latest version downloaded from Apple) -- Reinstalled
    Movies on Ext Hard drive connected via FW to iMac
    This setup has worked flawlessly for 2 months...
    No changes were done, no downloads or new settings were changed here...

    I Did the Ping test and it finds the ATV and pings it with no problems
    I can set the ATV as speaker in iTunes and it connects... But still does not appear on devices list in iTunes
  2. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
  3. aced411 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007

    That happened to me over and over. I was about ready to throw the :apple: TV out the window. I tried everything. In an act of desperation I replaced my Linksys router with an Airport Extreme. Never had a problem again.
  4. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I wouldn't necessarily use the Apple TV to convince my friends to move to Apple stuff, its a neglected hobby device.
  5. stlredbird macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    definitely. Show them a macbook pro and watch them drool.
  6. GRuizMD thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2007
    yeah, I showed them my wife's brand new MacBook Pro and my trusty Alu iMac... then I said... Lets watch a movie in my new toy the ATV....
  7. GRuizMD thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2007
    ahh btw, it was solved via a Reset to factory settings on the ATV... Not elegant, but is working right now....
  8. GRuizMD thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2007
    most definitely, its a shame I really love the concept... There is a lot of potential in this little device... I dont really wish for any other functions etc, just that it works as advertised...
  9. GRuizMD thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2007
    Sure thing, is on my list of things to consider buying... its so damn expensive.... I will have to read about it and see if it really solve my issues with needing to backup 2 different computers, and link a printer...
  10. Shuttleworth macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    You know you don't need an AirPort Extreme to do this, an AirPort Express will do it too, all you need to do is turn off the wireless on your Router and connect the Express to the router with an Ethernet cable, you then connect to the network using the AirPort. You can still connect a printer to an Express too.
  11. GRuizMD thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2007
    Thanks... Thats a piece of info i did Not know...
  12. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    If you think of using TimeMachine with an AirportExtreme + USB disk - this solution can be very s l o w, but it works.

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