How Do I Stop People From Trying to Pair with my ATV?

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  1. Hrothgar macrumors 6502

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    I live in an apartment, and someone near me is trying to pair their iPhone with my ATV. I keep getting a screen saying "Gloria's iPhone" with the code or "Fiona's iPhone" with a code.
    I assume they can't pair because they can't see the code. But I don't want to keep getting these pop-up screens. I've looked for a setting to disabling pairing, but I can't find one.
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Then it looks like people are stealing your Wi-Fi!
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    No. What is happening is either the apartment's internal network isn't setup properly be the landlord or the Apple TV is doing peer-to-peer AirPlay.
     
  4. Hrothgar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i don't think people are stealing my Wifi -- but I do I find out what devices are connected?

    I think it's the latter -- the Airplay connection. How to I block that?
     
  5. Richard8655, Jan 13, 2017
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    I think it's a pairing request via Bluetooth, not AirPlay. The question is how to block it.
     
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    To my knowledge it's not possible to disable peer-to-peer Airplay. On the ATV3 you could disable Bluetooth, but of course the ATV4 uses BT for the remote control. Try giving your ATV a custom name rather than the standard names (e.g. "Not Gloria's Apple TV" ;)). That should hopefully prevent your neighbours from trying to connect.
     
  7. Richard8655, Jan 15, 2017
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    Richard8655 macrumors 6502a

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    This made me think about something in my setup. With my ATV 3, I had my universal remote learn the ATV commands from the ATV remote. After getting an ATV 4, I find my universal remote continues to work with it too. My universal remote uses IR communication, not Bluetooth. So do ATV 3 and 4 understand IR commands too?

    (I hope OP resolved the neighbor trying to pair with his/her ATV. I had no solution for that, unfortunately.)
     
  8. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502

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    Yes. All my old IR Apple remotes work with my ATV 4
     
  9. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Take my advice...

    AirDrop Gloria and Fiona an invite to join you for some glasses of wine and a movie. Hey... you never know....
     
  10. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a

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    I second that!

    Yes, it's a great plus. My confusion is if the ATV remote uses Bluetooth or iR, or both. Looks like both to me.
     
  11. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502

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    It does both. I have a Yamaha sound bar that uses IR and the Siri remote can control it. When I'm using my AirPods, the Siri remote's volume control changes the ATV volume.
     
  12. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the confirmation. Good to know.
     
  13. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Yep. Of course you lose Siri when using IR only.
     

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