Someone Trying To Airplay To My AppleTV - How?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by HelixOmnimedia, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World

    So over the last couple of says someone has been trying to airplay to my AppleTV. It appears onscreen with a four digit code - interrupting whatever I'm watching.

    Its happening more and more.

    Network is password protected, AppleTV is connected to it, Network interface page shows the devices on the network (my MacBook, iPad, iPhone, AppleTV and my other half iPhone, and MacBook).

    I just don't know how its happened, all I know its appears as "Caroline's iPhone"

    Any idea?
  2. Duncan Garnett macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    Why don't you do a letterbox drop in the immediate area, with a letter explaining what's happening. I'm sure this person ("Caroline's iPhone") will contact you. They can't be that far away (wifi/bluetooth signal isn't that strong). Good luck :)
  3. rolsskk macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    Sounds like your network's been compromised somehow. Review who you've allowed access to, if you've even told them the password, and then change your password(s). Additionally, block her iPhone MAC address to prevent her from connecting the network again. Or better yet, don't broadcast your network ID.
  4. MaCfAnSu macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Also, why not change the name of your Apple TV to something "Caroline" will realize is not her Apple TV.
  5. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Are you in an apartment? Duplex?

    I think in addition to searching for AirPlay devices on the connected wifi network, AirPlay can also directly connect to aTV 3 (rev 2) and aTV 4 (using Bluetooth to locate & wifi to transmit, similar to iOS continually features.)

    If someone is close enough, your aTV might appear as an AirPlay destination even if they are not on your network. The range would be limited, probably the next apartment or above/below.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 12, 2016 ---
    You could try the verification requirement to eliminate that person from trying to connect (I think).

    Set up Device Verification
    To set up a requirement for a one-time onscreen passcode for all AirPlay-enabled devices, use Device Verification.

    On Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > AirPlay and select Require Device Verification. On Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), go to Settings > AirPlay > Security and select Require Device Verification.
  6. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Next time it happens, Airdrop a note to Caroline. She probably doesn't realize she's connecting to your TV.
  7. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Invite her over for a glass of wine and a movie. Hey... She owns an Apple TV.... So you have something in common. Could be the start of something beautiful
  8. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    Best reply yet

    So I've actually changed all my network settings and password, stopped broadcasting the network names. From there I've seen that the only device on that network has been my own MacBook and Phillips HUE.

    So my iPhone, at this time only showing 4G but the WIFI was on - tapping Airplay showed "Apple TV (2)" -- When WIFI was turned off everything goes disappears.

    I'm wondering if this "Apple TV (2)" actually belongs to Caroline and if so.... I still don't get how she can see mine and I can see hers.
  9. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    This sounds like the premise of a 2016 romantic comedy

    When helix met Caroline

    AirPlay in Seattle
  10. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    There's a chance her couch is on the other side of the wall from your TV, so 2 feet. Which would mean your couch and her TV are on the opposite sides of the room form the shared wall.
    Meaning bluetooth will reach for her phone, but not yours.

    Go into the settings and label your aTV "not Caroline's aTV"
  11. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    This is definitely peer-to-peer AirPlay. There's little info on how to control this, but what there is seems to be here:

    Sounds like you want to restrict acces to being via a password.
  12. rockyromero macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2015

    Consider: "Hola Chiquita" for an ATV name.

    If she still connects, you will know that she is bilingual.

    And that she is purposely infiltrating your space.

    Or just enjoy whatever she is trying to share with you?

  13. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    Hasn't it always been the deal people make for centuries...Seriously though, please keep us updated if you have met Caroline yet?
  14. ColdSpringHarbour macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2016
    Today I bought an Apple TV 4 and while watching Netflix I get a message saying Airplay Passcode CAROLINE code 1516, so thought I'd google it and here you are. Is this some well hidden Russian hack? Or are you my neighbor and Caroline is too? I mean.....what's going on here?
  15. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    Very strange indeed. Although Caroline seems to have moved on or she's not using her AppleTV or iPhone, hasn't happened in a month or so.
  16. YodasMaster macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    So, I'm picking up my neighbors Apple TV even though we are both on our own secure networks. How is this happening? If I unplug the Ethernet from my modem to my router his Apple TV disappears.
  17. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    You didn't follow my advice..... missed your opportunity ;)
  18. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009

    This - turn off the password restriction and see what she's trying to share with you!
  19. teqteq macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2016
    After wasting a couple of hours trying to find evidence of my neighbour accessing my network, and finding out that he did no such thing, I thought it'd be worth dredging up this old thread for the benefit of others.

    On my Apple TV 4 with tvOS 12.1.2, I found the setting that allows this to occur.

    Settings > AirPlay > Allow Access > Also Allow Nearby to AirPlay > On

    Turn this off and it should prevent it from occurring.

    I feel so bad for feeling so suspicious of my neighbour. I wasted hours trawling through logs and forums trying to find evidence of his nefarious activities. Turns out he just got curious and tried to connect to my Apple TV that I'd accidentally made visible :-(

    On the plus side I found out what an unsecure piece of **** my Netgear router is (no encryption on the admin portal, so had he been on my network and sniffing my packets I would have given him my router admin password too). Oh and telnet enabled and i can't disable it. TELNET!!! WTF NETGEAR???
  20. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
  21. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Would be interesting to know, how does Apple(TV) define the "Nearby".
    I would have imagined that it uses the Bluetooth LTE beacon for this (just as with aTV setup with iPhone or Mac unlock with Apple Watch or Handover).
    But that would mean that your unexpected guest would need to be physically close to your aTV.
  22. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Most likely, nearby means someone within wifi range. It's a direct device to device connection, that doesn't require a network of any sort.

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