Apple TV Wireless connection problem

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by JAWWC, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. JAWWC macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2008
    Before I start, I have had a search but could not find anything so if someone knows of a current thread please direct me to it :)

    I have my Apple TV set up with Airport Extreme and Mac Mini through Wireless. I got it connected fine, but if I turn off my apple tv and then back on again iTunes won't find my apple tv unless I restart the program. Anyone have any ideas how to fix this?

    Also sometime when I'm watching a Movie or TV Show streamed to Apple TV it just stops and says no content is available on apple tv. To fix this I have to go to iTunes and click sync.
    Again any ideas would be welcome.

  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Check the AppleTVs IP address in the AppleTV settings screen. If it doesnt start with 192 (I think) then it is configured wrong. Mine was set up wrong and I got loads of problems. I did some digging and I found something at Apple Discussion Forum about the IP address being wrong.
  3. OldGuyDave macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008
    I set mine to a fixed IP, when I had it on DHCP it kept connecting to the neighbours network that was a stronger signal. :rolleyes:
    With a fixed IP everthing works fine now.
  4. JAWWC thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2008
    Where do I set the fixed IP? Is that with the Airport Utility? (Sorry I'm not great with networks.)

  5. Purpdust macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2008
    It could be a placement or Interference issue, Have you tried Moving it?
  6. OldGuyDave macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Check what IP your on by going into the Settings (on your Mac/ PC ) and look under network.
    Then go into the aTV / settings / network / and set the IP to the same Network. Turn DHCP to off.
    Often DHCP is set to on, this means that your aTV will take an IP Address that your router will give it. this is usually OK, but in my case my Router is not letting the aTV connect properly so I set the aTV IP to a fixed address and it works much better.
    For example my router has a typical IP like my Mac has then and my aTV is set to 192.168.03 and my iPod is set to got the picture? :)
    Sorry I can't be more precise I'm not at home to have a look.
  7. JAWWC thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2008
    I haven't but it's a small 2 bedroomed flat with a wireless N set up and always seems to have full signal.

    This makes sense thanks. I'll give it ago when I get in and see if iTunes picks it up straight away!

    Cheers for everyones help
  8. Purpdust macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2008
    I am in a Small appartment as well with the MBP about 10 feet way from the ATV, After I moved the ATV from Directly Under the TV on a thin shelf to beside the TV I no long had any issues. Cordless Phones can also cause problems as well, you might try changing the Channel if the Fix IP does not work.
  9. yancey47 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2008
    Did this work? I'm having problems with my connection also. Ive tried redoing the ip but it's not helping. I stream itunes from an iMac plugged direct via Ethernet and a time capsule for my wireless. Do I need the time capsules ip or the iMacs? Thanks!
  10. JAWWC thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2008
    I'm not too sure about the IP addresses. I just click on manual on the apple tv and clicked ok for everything and it does seem to connect now!

    As for the dropping out during a tv show.... I think my USB hard drive was going to sleep........... my bad.

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