Is Apple TV portable?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iHavequestions, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. iHavequestions macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    Can you bring it with you anywhere, plug it on and play as long as you have wifi?
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Yes, you'd need to take the plug and an HDMI cable, and re-configure the Wifi when you move it.
  3. DaPhatty macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2008
    Keep in mind that your wifi connection needs to be adequate. Most hotel wifi signals don't qualify.
  4. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    I have been in hotels with a wired ethernet cable, but not often!
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Rhetorical: So now hotels is not enough to give you the capability to check your email, they have to provide you with enough bandwidth for video streaming?
  6. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    also, even if the hotel has wifi, and its a good enough signal, a lot of them have those (browser based) landing pages where you either need to accept conditions or sign in with some credentials they give you
  7. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Really? I find that more often than wifi.

    I travel with my Airport Express. So i create my own strong hotspot out of room's wired connection.
  8. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    Last hotel i was in i did this, it still was painfully slow.

    i was planning on airplaying stuff already on my iPad to watch shows, but the HDMI port on the TV had been disabled, so was pointless.
  9. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    I guess I am unlucky! :rolleyes:
  10. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    That's why I take a Mini to hotels. I'm sure that it contains 100 movies and download is not relevant.
  11. ziggie216 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    All you'll need is
    Apple TV
    HDMI cable
    iPad / iPhone loaded with TV shows / Movies
    Nano Router (something like this )

    Only problem is that there won't be any internet connection unless some how you can bridge the hotel's network. Another issue is the log in page for the hotel's network. If you don't care about internet access, you'll just need those items. Enjoy!
  12. pikachu2k7 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    North Carolina
    Agreed. The wifi change is probably the longest/most tedious part of moving an ATV but in the end, ATV's are very easy to transport.
  13. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    You should be able to sign on to hotel internet with MBP. Turn on internet sharing in preferences. Open the airport drop down menu from the menu bar icon at the top right of your screen. Turn airport on and choose "create new network". Name your network and create a wep key if you want to encript the network. The airport icon in the menu bar should now have an up arrow, indicating it is transmitting as a base station. Connect ATV to that network. Haven't tried it personally, but I think it should work.
  14. seinman macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    This will work, as long as the hotel provides a hardwired ethernet connection. You can't share from Wifi to Wifi.
  15. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    I have a Gen 1 Apple TV, WiFI card removed and replaced with an H.264 decoder

    the 140gb of storage means i can load it up, and take it with me and not worry about having to be connected to view the days and days of content

    the new Gen 2 and Gen 3 apple TVs , whilst physically more portable, are, by lack of on board storage and usability "offline" actually less portable IMO than the Gen 1 Apple TV
  16. xArtx macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    I thought this was going to be about powering the thing with an inverter,
    connecting to an iPhone, and lugging a HDMI TV around some how.
    How disappointing!

    You could maybe read a book (Charles Dickens is good), listen to a radio,
    watch TV, get intimate with yourself, write some poetry
    (as lame as that sounds, you never know where that might lead), and/or do some pushups.
  17. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Won't the new bluetooth setup option take care of this problem?
    Use your iPhone to login to the hotel Wifi and then "tap" the Apple TV to transfer the correct credentials.
  18. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Yes, it used to run on OS X, too. :rolleyes:
  19. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    not sure, haven't tested it myself nor heard of people doing this. it would be great if it worked though
  20. dgalvan123 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2008
    Psh. Sorry, but that wouldn't cut it for me. I need to stream my entire movie, photo, and music library when I'm at a hotel for an overnight business trip.

    That's why I always bring my Mac Pro with keyboard and mouse for this very reason. Anything less is just asking to be disappointed.
  21. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    i'm not sure i picked up on any air of entitlement in the posts preceding this one if that's what you were implying... i took it that it was brought up in anticipation of what the OP was looking to do.


    you don't bring your TBD? what a loser:p


    it's funny how the older models sell for much more ...because they have harddrives. my buddy bought an old conversion van for tailgating and trips. we ripped out the interior a/v equipment and put in a flatscreen. he paid way more than $100 for the aTV2 with a hard drive....but it's awesome for movies for the kids on a long trip. and then for the adults when you get to the rental you just bring it inside and watch whatever you want.

    it's also jailbreakable.

    I love my aTV3 but I definitely see the appeal of the older models...and of bringing it places!
  22. hipnetic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    Getting back on topic…

    I took my Apple TV with me to a vacation house rental (in Cape Code) last year. WiFi in house. Worked very nicely. I did not take the ATV with us on our trip to Ireland this year, but when I did try to use the WiFi that was offered in the various places we were staying, I frequently found the speed to be sub-par, so the ATV probably wouldn't have performed well, anyway.

    Another thing to consider…I have Plex Media Server running on a desktop in my home and have decent upload speeds. If you have Plex running at home, and found yourself with less-than-stellar download speeds in your hotel, you could do a download/conversion of a movie you wanted to watch, and Plex would essentially do the conversion and send you the movie to store directly on your device, so that you could play it later (without interruption). I honestly have not tried this feature out, so if I'm wrong on any of the details, some other Plex expert can correct me.
  23. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I have packed an ATV, and an AE for trips where, I store videos on my iPad.

    Then Airplay them across that local network.

    All without hacking either.

    Granted, it would be really swell if Apple would incorporate Airport access point capability into the AppleTV so I could trim down to the single device.
  24. PaperQueen macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2007
    Just this side of insanity (Minneapolis)
    How did you set this up? I tried doing the same, but couldn't get it to work.
  25. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Thats an oooold post.

    But. You setup Airport Express to be a normal gateway/access point.

    When iPhone connects, it will be pissed off because there may or may not be no internet, but it will connect.

    Airplay should show up as an option for streaming.

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