Apple TV remote controlling my MacBook & Apple TV at same time?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by 3Pedals6Speeds, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2010
    Tonight while setting up my Apple TV I had my MacBook open on the floor. When the Apple TV remote was pointed away from the MacBook it only controlled the Apple TV. However, a couple times it got pointed on a line with the MacBook, and all of a sudden the Macbook started responding to the remote inputs, at the same time that the Aple TV was also responding. Yes, both at once.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    That's completly expected. They are just IR remotes.

    If you don't want that, you need to pair BOTH devices, each to a different remote. Pairing a remote to a device is NOT like pairing a Bluetooth headset.

    When you pair a remote to a device, you are telling that device (and that device only) to "accept commands from this, and only this, remote." That remote can still control other devices that have not been told of a restriction.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Go to System Preferences>Security>General and select "Disable remote control infrared receiver".
  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Oh thank you!!!!!!!! I just got my ATV2 and that was driving me nuts!
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2012
    apple tv remote controller macbook pro

    thanks man your a star:D
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    Apple really should fix this by default - a device should only respond if configured using from button combo on the remote.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    It would be amazing if they did that, just imagine the number of threads on MR going "I just bought/restored my ATV, the remote doesn't work" ;)

    Is it really that common to have the laptop (or another Apple device responding to the remote) between the sofa and the TV?

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