Remove old ATVs from AirPlay?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mcdj, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. mcdj macrumors 604

    mcdj

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    On my iPhone and iPad, I see 6 Apple TVs in my AirPlay choices. 2 are my current ATVs (Living Room and Bedroom). The other 4 are various ones I've connected to while traveling or at a friend's place. These are listed as Apple TV 1, Apple TV 2, 3, etc.

    I can't find a way to remove them from the list.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. AManInACan macrumors newbie

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    AirPlay uses Bonjour to actively search for devices on your local network, but that means you shouldn't be seeing the ghosts of Apple TV's from the past. They could be cached on the iPhone/iPad and will go away on their own soon. The other possibility is that you are seeing actual Apple TV devices on your network that belong to others.

    The new Apple TV firmware let's you sent the Apple TV audio to another AirPlay device such as remote speakers. I'd go to one of your current ATVs and activate that feature and see how many AirPlay devices the Apple TV sees. If it sees the other Apple TVs then they really are on your network somehow - I'm sure your ATV didn't travel to other networks like your iPad and iPhone. You can also verify which devices are on your network by using features in your router to list out which devices it has given DHCP addresses to. It would list all iPhones, iPads, ATVs and any other devices.

    A couple more thoughts:
    Don't use the same network name (SSID) as your friend. That could cause caching of device names to work strangely because the caching won't understand there are two networks with different lists of AirPlay enabled devices.

    The Apple TV's aren't numbered because your iPhone sees more than one. The numbers are because when an Apple TV's is first turned on it saw the other names in use and added numbers until it found a name that didn't conflict. Presence of an Apple TV 3 means that there was already an Apple TV and Apple TV 2 on the network when ATV3 picked its default name.
     
  3. mcdj thread starter macrumors 604

    mcdj

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    Thanks for the detailed reply. Gonna check it out further tonight!
     
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    I see you're in NYC,
    It's possible that you're seeing the aTV from your neighbors, as apple now does some magic with bluetooth so you don't need to be on the same wifi, I've occasionally seen my neighbors, but only if i'm sitting on the other side of the wall from their aTV. normally once i move around the apartment, it goes away.

    also try rebooting your router.

    how are you connected to the internet?
     

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