Any way to remotely control Apple TV when not home?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Iamgort, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Iamgort, Jul 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014

    Iamgort macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2011
    Say I want to leave my apple tv playing something while I am not at home. Is there any way to control the apple tv using a device besides the remote app on IOS?

    I can VPN to my home network but the remote app doesn't find my apple tv when I'm connected by VPN. I can also remote desktop to a home mac mini.
  2. jetlife2 macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2004
    Cincinnati, Oh

    With a slingbox you can control a device from anywhere. You can also watch live TV , control your DVR, etc. You need at least 2.0Mb upload rate from your home network so that it can stream up the video. More is better, 4.0 is enough. And then you will need the same 2.0 or better down speed wherever you are in the world watching. In order to have both Apple TV and a DVR source you will need the slingbox 500 model because you need 2 inputs. If you only want the Apple TV you can get a lower model.
  3. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013

    What are you trying to accomplish?? Maybe there is a different way about it...
  4. Iamgort thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2011
    You will laugh....I want to stream netflix kids shows for my dog when we leave her at home for longer periods so she can have background noise. :eek: AFAIK the netflix continuous play only does 2-3 episodes before it stops auto playing so I just wanted to be able to hit play again for her.
  5. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    I giggled. But cute. #

    I don't know of a way to remote in to the Apple TV unfortunately.

    If you have a Mac at home you could AirPlay to the Apple TV and remote into the Mac with various apps.

    Does your pup actually watch the tv or is it just for the noise?? You could set up a playlist to auto repeat and Airplay that as well. Just a word of warning if your TV is a large flat screen they eat up a bit of power and leaving one on could make your power bill climb higher then expected.
  6. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I cried. :rolleyes:

    Just play audio, like a radio.
  7. cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    But dogs will actually watch TV, mine can't be the only one that does ;)
    What about doing a long long recording saving it as a file on the network and playing them. Reruns aren't that bad
    Mix in a few recordings of the family and your voice and the dog should be a happy camper.
  8. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
  9. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Directv had this available for free for a while before they sent it off to premium. My dogs refused to watch because it wasn't in HD.;)

    I can't think of a way to control an AppleTV and I wouldn't want to burn up my internet allotment on it. I would find a local channel or something, if you don't have cable/satellite, and tune it there.

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