You're not the only one. Others are reporting this too over at Macrumors. I had it last night. I've always had the problem where after sleeping for a while it would lose the connection and I'd have to re-enter my password.
But that seemed to go away recently. Now, after the update, I had the same issue you're describing while watching a rental. It lost the connection during the download process while I was watching the movie.
I'd NEVER had that happen before. It's always been that while it was connected it would maintain its connection, like when syncing my iTunes library and stuff.
Now things seem to be worse! Ugh...
Running the same network your have, 5ghz, AEBS.
I had a few random problems with dropped connections prior to the last Airport update, but the update fixed that for me. But now, with the ATV 2.0.1 update the problem is much MUCH worse than before. Like you, I'm running my network @ 5GHz.
I also tried disabling the ATV's screensaver, thinking that it might be dropping the connection when the screensaver kicked in, but no. It still dropped.
What kind of testing are you guys do before putting out an update?
I'm 100% Mac hardware with all the latest updates and 2.0.1 keeps dropping my network connection. Never had a problem before now I can't even finish downloading an HD movie I just rented.
I'm running an Airport Extreme 5Ghz N network with wide channels, so much for renting movies this weekend after this firmware update.
I also happen to be in the middle of downloading an HD movie from the ITMS. It's really frustrating to have to log back into the base station and restart the download EVERY 5 MINUTES.
In addition to the things I mentioned before that I've tried, I also disabled wi-fi security and tried just using MAC address filtering--no luck. I also tried switching from DHCP to static IP--also no luck.
This is probably the most disastrous update I've ever seen Apple release. My Apple TV is useless now. I hope they release a fix for this double quick!
The problem seems to be on the "N" side of things.
I run two separate networks one "N-Only" the other "G-Only" I switched the Apple TV over to the G network and it seems to be holding the network. The transfer is much slower on G, but dropping an N connection ever few minutes is really slow. I can't believe Apple let this update out the door without fully testing this.
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wow, this so odd..
a bunch of users were having all kinds of problems with stuttering playback with 2.0 that 2.01 has completely solved... myself included. i managed to get it so that i'd only get stuttering after about 2mins for a little bit then it was all good but by turning off airTunes. but now all movies play perfectly. i really just wanted to find an apple developer and shake his/her hand. for most of those that were having probs with 2.0... 2.01 is a god send.
now it seems like a totally new set of users (don't see any of the same names) are having problems with this update... weird!
it almost seems like there are unit out there that are physically different?
have you tried... restarting your AppleTV (hold "menu" AND "-"/down buttons at same time for a few second and choose restart) and/or re-doing the appleTV - computer/iTunes pairing process?
I have the same issue. I am using the AEBS running only N@5GHz. Apple TV disconnects every few minutes after the 2.0.1 update. I switched the AEBS to run only N@2.4GHz and it seems to solve the issue. However, running at 2.4Ghz causes interference on my cordless phones. I guess I better buy a new set of cordless phones or hope there is a fix for this issue soon.
I changed the wi-fi network setting on my Airport Extreme from 5GHz to "b/g compatible". That seems to have fixed the problem. It's been syncing happily for over 45 minutes now. That's by far the longest it's stayed connected since I installed the 2.0.1 update.
This appears to be the workaround I've been looking for, but now my ATV can't talk to my Airport on the 5GHz band. The "b/g compatible" 2.4 GHz band is significantly slower. Apple has a lot of work still to do.
I am experiencing the same problems with 2 ATVs and a friend is also experiencing the problem with two ATVs. Both of us are running Airport Extreme routers with 802.11N at 5 GHz and WAP2.
These problems started with the 2.0.1 update for both of us.
When, oh when, am I going to learn not to immediately apply and update to anything until it has been out for a week or two? You would think I would learn after having been burned hundreds of times.
Well, it does seem to be a common thread that folks w/the wifi dropout issues are using AEBS N 5ghz. At least from what I've been reading.
I'm going to try 2.4ghz and see if that does fix the darned thing...you'd think the TV would have drop out issues w/non- Routers before they had problems with their own!
Another vote here for the same problem - I'd get an occasional dropout on 2.0 which could be resolved by forcing iTunes to connect to the ATV via AirTunes. Under 2.0.1 the ATV will connect when it boots up, loses the connection within a few minutes and won't get it back. Only way is to reboot.
Using a 5GHz, N-only network with Time Capsule as a base station.