Aiplay device??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by doubledee, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. doubledee macrumors 6502

    doubledee

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    I just started getting an icon in my top menu bar that is a rectangle with a solid triangle inside and when I click on it I see...

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    The AirPlay device "mb-1105 (3)" requires a password
    

    What in the world is going on with my MBP??

    Sincerely,


    Debbie
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    What exactly is the AirPlay device? Is it an Apple TV, AirPort Express, or some other device. If it is an Apple TV you must remove the password in Settings or if an AirPort remove it in the "AirPlay" tab in AirPort Utility.
     
  3. doubledee thread starter macrumors 6502

    doubledee

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    Was I picking up someone else's device at the library?


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  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    An AirPlay device will only show up on your Mac if it is connected to the same wireless network as you.
     
  5. doubledee thread starter macrumors 6502

    doubledee

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    I was using the library's free wifi, but also my VPN...

    Is something like that a security risk to my Mac??


    Debbie
     
  6. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    No. It isn’t accessing any files on your computer and it cannot broadcast to your computer in any way.

    It’s just like any other network discovery technology - it finds devices of a particular type on the same network and identifies them.
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    There is no security risk in this configuration and your VPN has nothing to do with it. Essentially, the library owns an Apple TV and put a password on it for AirPlay. If a person comes in they can wirelessly mirror their screen to the Apple TV over AirPlay by selecting the button you describe.
     
  8. doubledee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So what is Apple TV?

    I've never had this happen before at the library.

    Maybe someone was visiting and they had an AirPlay thingy?


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  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is a small device that is mainly used for streaming services. Some information is available here about it!
     

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