Plugging ATV into receivers outlets for power (and power off)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Sean Dempsey, May 31, 2008.

  1. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    My receiver has 2 power outlets that turn on and off with the receiver itself, so you can plug in devices and have them turn on/off with the receiver.

    I am wondering if anyone has ever plugged their ATV into a receiver outlet like this. That way, when the receiver goes off, the ATV gets no power, essentially turning it off and ceasing the insane heat output.

    My worry about this that the ATV will not like having the power shut on/off from the outlet, which is akin to unplugging it from the wall each time to turn it off.

    I'd really prefer to have the ATV powerless when not in use. I just don't want to short it out or blow transistor with the powering on and off repeatedly.
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    There shouldn't be any problem with that. However, a couple of potential issues come to mind:

    1. Thermal shock on each restart. Could add up over time.
    2. Inability of the ATV to manage its filesystem. Since it runs under Tiger, it presumably runs cron tasks periodically. Shutting it down without a "Shut Down" option could, conceivably, corrupt some of these processes.

    If you do go this route, please let us know if you have any issues crop up.

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