Apple TV in Media Closet

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by barto78, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. barto78 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2015
    How well does the new remote work with Apple TV?

    I have a separate media closet for my Surround Sound receiver, DTV box, XBOX1, PS4, Blu Ray player and would prefer to store my Apple TV there so i can connect the HDMI directly and not have to run another wire through a brick wall back to my receiver. I also have IR Transmitters i can use, but i'm not sure how well those work with ATV this generation.

    I've had issues here and there with bluetooth connectivity issues with my Xbox 1 and PS4 remotes due to the brick wall i have separating between the media closet and living room where my TV is at.

    I'd love to purchase the ATV, but i was curious if any of you folks have experienced any issues with the remote working well with this type of set up.
  2. red41 macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2006
    The remote uses Bluetooth so you won't need line of sight to control the apple tv.
  3. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
    No problems here, but be aware the volume button feature on the Siri Remote does use IR, not Bluetooth. (not an issue if you use another remote to control your receiver volume)

  4. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    Not 100% true,

    If using HDMI-CEC to control volume & TV power, then it uses bluetooth to the aTV, then the command goes over the HDMI cable.

    if your TV/Receiver doesn't support HDMI-CEC then it uses IR from the remote to control them.

    My aTV is buried in a cabinet under the TV, and it works just fine. as long as there's not too much distance and the construction of your walls doesn't interfere, you should be fine.

    the only thing i've found that requires IR to work, is the reboot function (hold menu and TV buttons for several seconds)
    but i could be wrong on that, haven't thoroughly tested. You can do reboot from the settings menu using blutooth though

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