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JimKirk
Sep 30, 2010, 08:03 PM
This is annoying.

I paired the remote with the Apple TV but it still controls my Mac as well.

I thought paring meant it only works with that device.

Seems more like if paired only that remote will work with ATV.



Intell
Sep 30, 2010, 08:06 PM
It means that your Apple TV will only work with that one remote. The Mac which has not been paired, will still accept any remote input. The solution is to pair the Mac with it's own remote or turn off the IR receiver in the Mac in the Security Pref Pane.

Tor Eckman
Sep 30, 2010, 08:11 PM
It means that your Apple TV will only work with that one remote. The Mac which has not been paired, will still accept any remote input. The solution is to pair the Mac with it's own remote or turn off the IR receiver in the Mac in the Security Pref Pane.

I think he is talking about the remote app for the iPhone/iPod, which works over wifi, not infrared.

Intell
Sep 30, 2010, 08:21 PM
I think he is talking about the remote app for the iPhone/iPod, which works over wifi, not infrared.

Doubtful, as that can only control one device at a time. If the OP says that he pair the Apple TV with his remote then, the Remote app would be set to the Apple TV and not his Mac. Thus, he would not be posting about his remote controlling his Mac after it was paired with his Apple TV.

sjc83
Sep 30, 2010, 08:30 PM
I had the same problem lol

Tor Eckman
Sep 30, 2010, 08:38 PM
Doubtful, as that can only control one device at a time. If the OP says that he pair the Apple TV with his remote then, the Remote app would be set to the Apple TV and not his Mac. Thus, he would not be posting about his remote controlling his Mac after it was paired with his Apple TV.

The IR remote doesn't have to be paired with anything -- it either works or not. OP, what are you talking about?

Cartaphilus
Sep 30, 2010, 08:47 PM
The IR remote doesn't have to be paired with anything -- it either works or not. OP, what are you talking about?

The ATV II does ask that you pair the remote, and I dutifully followed the process, but you may be right and it may very well have worked right out of the box. I had the same annoyance as the OP suffered because unlike with Bluetooth, you can't simply "forget" a remote. As Intell helpfully pointed out, you just have to blind the MBP.

And as tenuous as the segue may be, I do want to mention that controlling the ATV II with the iPad Remote App is quite cool indeed.

gdjsnyder
Sep 30, 2010, 08:56 PM
Okay, somebody please help me. I'm not all computer savvy and all into settings on computers and stuff like that. Got my Appe TV today. Plugged it in and went through setup while I installed iTunes 10.0.1. Started using my Apple TV on Home Sharing, and while I would be moving around with the supplied remote on my TV, my Macbook would start playing a song, and then stopping. Then going into a movie and stopping. Volume would go up and down. Now as I control the Apple TV, my Macbook has certain controls from the buttons on the Apple TV remote. I just want to know how to stop this. I obviously know how to use my iPhone and iPad as a remote, but I still want use of the supplied Apple TV remote without my Macbook Pro also getting use of it.

GeekLawyer
Sep 30, 2010, 09:54 PM
A couple of options. Probably more. I never use a remote with my MacBook, so I disabled the IR sensor. For some weird reason, this is done in System Preferences -> Security -> Disable remote control infrared receiver.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=11153398&postcount=8

JimKirk
Oct 1, 2010, 12:35 AM
I still need to use IR remote but I don't want front row launching on my mini which is also hooked to tv.

newagemac
Oct 1, 2010, 09:20 AM
Here's what you need to understand. All Apple Computers and Apple TVs work with all Apple Remotes straight out of the box without any pairing. If you choose to set up pairing on a Mac or Apple TV, then you are removing the ability for that Mac to accept all Apple remotes. It will now only work with the remote you paired with it.

So if you have two Macs or ATVs you are going to have to either turn IR off on the one you don't want to be controlled or just pair it to another remote so your other remote can't control it anymore.