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ATV 3 - Error #3609 - No solution in sight?

416 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2013 7:50 AM by wgbieber RSS
Netfish2012 Calculating status...
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Feb 10, 2013 1:09 AM

Hi all,


I am operating the ATV3 together with a Fritz!Box 7570 vdsl, WPA2 protected wifi. Installation went flawlessly, all other devices (iPad, iPhone, Macbook, Windows-PC) connect without problems. Suddenly it stopped connecting giving the error 3609. I have tried literally everything, reset all devices, restored factory settings, set up from scratch, different channels, different encryption methods. Nothing's working, I always get the 3609.


Peculiar thing: it worked when I installed it and I operated another ATV3 in the exact same environment for a week without a problem. So I am beginning to think that it's a hardware issue of the ATV3?



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  • Fred_Hamster Calculating status...
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    Mar 12, 2013 3:26 AM (in response to Netfish2012)

    Hi Netfish2012,

    I have had the exact same error the other day on a Fritz!Box, too. Just received a spare box from my local Apple Store. They said, it must be my router or my router settings as they tested my box on three different routers without error.

    Question: do you use DHCP or manual IP settings?

    I will let you know, if I still keep getting this error 3609.



  • wgbieber Calculating status...
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    Nov 6, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to Netfish2012)

    Had the same issues, got my originial AppleTV replaced yesterday - but the trouble with Wifi continued. So I did some investigation. Not sure if this is of help for anyone but it seems that I am able to provoke the "WiFi connection" drop. That's my setup:

    • AppleTV 3rd Gen, Software Version 6.0.1;  static IP address
    • Airport Extreme 2nd Gen Software 7.6.4; Bridge Mode activated; static IP address; WPA2 enabled; SSID not broadcasted;
    • A bunch of other Apple devices on the same Wifi network - all working without any issues!!


    1st scenario: Mac-Address filtering/access control disabled on Airport Extreme

    --> Apple TV finds and connects immediataly to the network.


    2nd scenario: Mac-address filtering/access control enabled on Airport Extreme:

    --> Apple TV does not find/connect to network (YES, correct AppleTV MAC-address has been entered into Airport Extreme's filter list)


    Interesting additional observation: Using a LAN scanner software I get confusing results:

    In the 1st scenario the AppleTV shows up with its correct MAC-address (together with the correct assigend static IP-address)

    But in the 2nd scenario I get a strange result: The correct static IP address of the AppleTV is now assigend to the MAC-address of the Airport Extreme. VERY STRANGE!!


    I reported this to Apple support today - they need to check and will come back.


    Anyways - perhaps you can check if disabling the MAC-addess filtering/access control let Apple TV connrct to WIFi again.


    In my case disabling solved the WIFI connection issue of Apple TV but is not an acceptable solution as I rely on MAC-address filtering/access control due to security reasons.


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