Apple TV Home Sharing and AirPlay not working

Got an Apple TV 2 and updated it to 5.0 and lost your AirPlay and Home Sharing?

Make sure that your wireless router is using:

  • and not
  • WPA-PSK [TKIP] or
    WPA2-PSK [AES]

    You can use it on an open network if you really, really want to.

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    2 Responses to Apple TV Home Sharing and AirPlay not working

    1. Thomas VM says:

      Thx for the tip.

      Unfortunately, I checked my router and it does indeed use TKIP and AES, still doesn’t work :(

      Any other suggestions?


      • chris says:

        Could you get it to work with wireless security turned off altogether? My steps went roughly like this: Log out and turn home sharing off on the Apple TV and iTunes. Reset the Apple TV -there’s a complete factory restore and a simple reset, I did simple then factory restore. Then I turned the wireless security off and turned home sharing back on. (this worked, but obviously left the network open). Tried each level of security until it worked again.

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