If you’re planning on using your Apple TV over a wireless rather than wired network, your experience may suffer from various issues related to Wi-Fi.
For instance, your Apple TV might be unable to connect to a Wi-Fi network, refuse to stream movies and songs or update apps in the background.
Usually the first step in troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues that might be plaguing your box entails determining whether the Apple TV has enough Wi-Fi signal strength. This is important because the lower the signal, the poorer your experience will be as you’ll struggle with reduced download speeds and poor streaming quality.
This tutorial will show you how to determine the Wi-Fi signal strength on your Apple TV.
How to check Wi-Fi signal strength on Apple TV
The following section applies to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Apple TV.
Step 1: Go to Settings → General → About. This will put up a screen with various information about the Apple TV hardware, as depicted below.
Your current Wi-Fi signal is at the bottom under the Signal Strength section, presented in the form of the familiar iOS signal dots.
Other information in About section
In addition to Wi-Fi signal strength, the About section contains other useful information regarding your device’s hardware, software and settings, including:
- Name—You can choose a custom name for Apple TV under Settings → General → Name so it’s easier to identify in a list of AirPlay devices.
- Model—Your Apple TV model is listed under the Model heading. The differences between various Apple TV models are highlighted in Apple’s support document
- Serial Number—Your device’s serial number is also listed on the back of the box that your Apple TV came in and on the information label located on the bottom of the device.
- tvOS—The current version of the operating system running on your Apple TV. For more information on updating your Apple TV software, see our how-to.
- Resolution—The video output resolution of your Apple TV can be adjusted under Settings → Audio and Video → TV Resolution.
- Wi-Fi Network Name—The name of the Wi-Fi network your Apple TV is connected to.
- IP Address—The IP address that your Apple TV has been assigned.
- Wi-Fi Address—The hardware MAC address of your Apple TV’s Wi-Fi card.
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