Apple TV 4K brings back the gigabit ethernet port

Andrew O’Hara, iDownloadBlog:

Though most of the changes to the upcoming Apple TV 4K are internal, one notable change to the exterior is the addition of a gigabit ethernet port.

Good catch. Nice to be able to do a WiFi only setup, but with 4K comes 4 times the data, making a gigabit ethernet port much more important.

From a related iDownloadBlog post:

The new Apple TV 4K has brought back the speedy Gigabit Ethernet port (the previous box uses the slower 10/100 Mbps Ethernet for wired Internet), but it’s lost the handy USB-C port.

I checked the Apple TV 4K spec page, and it seems this is true. I wonder how you’ll do restores if things go south. Via Ethernet? Wifi?

UPDATE: Much digging, much discussion, here’s my current thoughts on life without the USB-C. For most folks, a failure of the Apple TV will mean a trip to the Apple Store. For developers, Xcode 9 lets you connect to the Apple TV (here’s a post, H/T Jack Webster) as long as you are on the same network. So, ethernet port is your friend there, network debugging. If your Apple TV goes south, not sure how end users or devs would do a restore. Interesting.



  • Jim B.

    Incredible. I bought my ATV in June and had no idea that my internet was crippled by an old ethernet port.

    • Alex Hon

      Besides video streaming, what other ATV applications in App Store today can utilize a steady data connection exceeding 100Mbps?

      • Jim B.

        Nothing off of the top of my head. And I haven’t done any testing off of the ethernet connection yet to see if there’s a difference in speed.

        I’m just more surprised that Apple shipped something like this. It’s more their speed to remove something entirely to encourage using a standard or feature they deem superior (in this case wireless).

  • BC2009

    The article title is misleading…. Apple TV is not “bringing back” the gigabit ethernet port. This is the first time an Apple TV has sported a gigabit ethernet port. It’s NOT like the first generation Apple TV had gigabit ethernet. The 4K HDR Apple TV is the FIRST to have a Gigabit Ethernet port. It’s been a sore spot for me for quite some time that I cannot run SpeedTest app on my Apple TV and check my internet connection speed because the Apple TV itself is limited to 100Mbps.

  • Caleb Hightower

    Perplexed.

    I’m not sure if Apple execs just aren’t asking the right questions with this device or the sales numbers are just crap, but innovation on this device is very slow compared to others.

    It used to seem like Apple executives used their products regularly & religiously, and that they were in touch with what the customers want. I’m not sure many of them use this device at all. In fact if they decided to discontinue the Apple TV it would hardly make a dent in their bottom line.

    What’s the motivation here with the ATV—to make money or to provide a solution that strengthens other products?

    I’m STILL thoroughly annoyed that I can’t use Siri to play a movie from my local iTunes library. No, don’t want to buy it on iTunes. No, I don’t want to watch it on Netflix. I just want to go to my Computer ‘app’, press the mic button, and say “play Wolf of Wall Street”, and it actually plays the movie I have in my friggin’ library.

    Maybe now that Eddy has his 4K sports he’ll be spending more time on it, and therefore, might brain fart an enhancement or two for next year’s announcement. And maybe one of those high-priced Sony execs can close a deal with the media conglomerates that gives us Apple’s version of Hulu.

    Also, Eddy, I’d love to upload my own screen saver video. Your’s are nice and all, but I want more selection and I want more personalization. No, I don’t want to buy an app that I have to launch, search through their clunky UI, to play a screen saver-like video that will never function as a screen saver.