What to do with my ATV Gen 1

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Maui19, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Maui19 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    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?
  2. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006
    you can install Leopard on it and use as iTunes server for other AppleTVs if you have.
  3. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    You can replace the wifi module in the atv1 it's just a mini pci-e device very simple to install.
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Agreed, takes only 5 minutes, it's an inexpensive part too.
  5. Maui19 thread starter macrumors regular

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

    Many thanks.
  6. Maui19 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    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?

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