Restoring Apple TV takes 13 hours via iTunes?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cowbellallen, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. cowbellallen macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    I have an Apple TV 2 plugged into my Macbook, and iTunes is currently downloading the update. It's been 30 minutes and so far only 14MB have been downloaded of 666MB.

    It estimates another 13 hours before it's done. Is there any faster way?

    For reference: Some bug hit the Apple TV last year, and it wouldn't let me connect to a wireless network. It also wouldn't drop its DHCP and IP address. I'm forced to use iTunes since it won't connect via Ethernet.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Depending on how fast your internet connection is, it can take a long time to download the Apple TV IPSW. What kind of internet connection are you using?
  3. cowbellallen thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    20MBPS via AT&T.

    At about 35mb, iTunes said that an error occurred and the file was lost. Incredibly annoying.

    I'm trying to download it from Apple's servers via my web browser and, but it is just as slow as iTunes. Anyone know of a better way?
  4. sodapop1 Suspended


    Sep 7, 2014
    Every problem you mentioned so far revolves around network connectivity. Sounds more like an issue with your router or modem.
  5. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Test just to verify you have a decent connection.

    The error indicates a problem on their end. I get the same thing when doing app updates in yosemite on rare occasions. Generally just retrying and it works fine. You may want to try itunes a couple more times over an extended time period.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Keep in mind that B and b are not the same.

    1B = 8b
  7. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Agree, unlikely an Apple issue. Most likely a local or ISP connectivity problem.
  8. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    i Had the same issue when upgrading to 7.0 (iOS 8) I had to completely factory reset the ATV and use my iPhone 5 to set it back up. After this, the update went lightning fast.
  9. cowbellallen thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    Apple TV will not let me add to wireless network, IP stuck

  10. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    I have a slow DSL connections that tops out at 300 kb/s; I know I just need to kill myself. :)

    I am trying to download it directly and update it in tunes, Im just about getting 90 kb/s from the apple server right now. The limit isn't my connections; its on apple's side.

    Maybe its just all the traffic the updates are getting right now. I learned my lesson last time, download it, then install it, tying up the TV for a day for an update isn't worth it.

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