Apple TV turns on randomly?

marty1990

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Is this just mine or a known issue? I've noticed that my Apple TV turns on randomly, as in the light comes on. Do they all do this?
 

SandboxGeneral

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Is this just mine or a known issue? I've noticed that my Apple TV turns on randomly, as in the light comes on. Do they all do this?
Yeah, they all seem to do this. It all started happening when iOS 5 came to the ATV. Both my ATV2 and ATV3 do this.
 

marty1990

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Okay, thanks. If I go to the HDMI channel the ATV3 is hooked up to, there's no video signal... so do I need to wake up the ATV and turn it off, or can I just leave it alone with the light on?
 

SandboxGeneral

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Okay, thanks. If I go to the HDMI channel the ATV3 is hooked up to, there's no video signal... so do I need to wake up the ATV and turn it off, or can I just leave it alone with the light on?
I just leave it alone. The light goes on and off randomly.
 

Weaselboy

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I have a Harmony One remote and notice this all the time. I will have the ATV and change a channel on the cable box or something and the light will flicker on the ATV. I assume it is picking up IR signals from other devices.
 

hardax

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The light coming on occasionally is probably the same thing mac computers do to register themselves with the sleep proxy. This is necessary so for instance your ATV would show up on your iPad when you wanted to Airplay something. It would wake up the ATV and start playing. My mac mini does this every 2 hours like clockwork.
 

marty1990

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Does it turn off eventually? It came on last night, and I left it over night to see if it turned off by itself, but it didn't. I had to manually do it.
 

MFL2012

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The lights on mine come on randomly as well. It's normal. Ignore it,it will shut off eventually.