What to do with my ATV Gen 1

Maui19

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Jul 16, 2007
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I have an old ATV Gen 1. About a year ago, its Wi-Fi function stopped working. The only way I can use it is by connecting it to one of my Airport Express' via an ethernet cable. This is a bit of a pain because I use the AExpress elsewhere in my house, and I have to relocate it and every once in a while my Airport Extreme gets mad about this and refuses to recognize the AExpress.

Anyway, I have DirecTV, which makes the ATV almost unecessary. I am wondering if I could put the ATV to use in some other way, perhaps by connecting it directly to my network and using it as a music server in a whole house music setup, or even to backup files to.

Any thought or ideas?
 

potatis

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Dec 9, 2006
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you can install Leopard on it and use as iTunes server for other AppleTVs if you have.
 

jmcgeejr

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Oct 7, 2010
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Seattle, WA
I have an old ATV Gen 1. About a year ago, its Wi-Fi function stopped working. The only way I can use it is by connecting it to one of my Airport Express' via an ethernet cable. This is a bit of a pain because I use the AExpress elsewhere in my house, and I have to relocate it and every once in a while my Airport Extreme gets mad about this and refuses to recognize the AExpress.

Anyway, I have DirecTV, which makes the ATV almost unecessary. I am wondering if I could put the ATV to use in some other way, perhaps by connecting it directly to my network and using it as a music server in a whole house music setup, or even to backup files to.

Any thought or ideas?
You can replace the wifi module in the atv1 it's just a mini pci-e device very simple to install.
 

Maui19

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Jul 16, 2007
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Great advice men. Replacement part on the way.

Many thanks.
 

Maui19

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Jul 16, 2007
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The new Wi-fi card didn't fix the problem. It keeps trying to access the wireless network without success. Now when I attach the ethernet cable, it now can't access the network that way either.

I have tried rebooting and restoring factory settings without success. The unit won't do a reset no matter how long I hold down the Menu and "-" buttons on the remote.

I'm now thinking this is a software problem and would love to run diagnostics if I could figure out how.

Any ideas?