Patch stick for multiple AppleTV units

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MagnusVonMagnum, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2007
    I just installed atv usb creator onto a usb drive and installed the default software onto one of two AppleTV units I have. I noticed in the setup that it said I could SSH into the unit, but the name it gave implies I might have trouble if I install the same patch stick on my 2nd AppleTV unit. Will it know I have a 2nd one and give it a different name or can I edit it through the CLI or something?


    It looks like using the IP address is the best solution regardless. Frontrow@appletv.local didn't even work (probably pointing to the other unit in the house). Using the actual IP address did work.

    Meanwhile, I've got to question some of the usefulness of some of the software. Couch Surfer seemed really cool until on my 3rd web page (oddly enough it was Mac Rumors!) I tried to login so I could read messages from my account and as soon as I clicked on "remember me" from the top corner of the screen, the program froze solid and I had to pull the power cord and force a reboot.... If that's all the better Couch Surfer is, it's not going to be very useful. Things like that continually remind me how BADLY AppleTV needs a simple reset button.
  2. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    Try holding down "-" and "Menu" on the remote for ~5 seconds.

    Edit: Or you can SSH to it (since you patchsticked it) and issue a reboot command.
  3. MagnusVonMagnum thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2007
    I'll try the combo above, but if it's locked up, it may still not work. Using SSH would mean going upstairs to the other end of the house where my den is. It'd be simpler and faster to just pull the plug in that situation. I wonder how much bother it would be to add some kind of power and/or reset switch to the case. I've built box/projects with finished circuit boards I designed in AutoCad and built the cases with a steel press so it shouldn't be too crazy hard. OTOH, a simple inline switch between the power cord and the surge strip might be simpler.

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