Using Apple TV to airplay Mac to TV in an RV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by woodynorman, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. woodynorman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    Just like the title says...I want to use an Apple TV box to airplay my Mac or iPad to a TV in my travel trailer. I won't have access to a WiFi network, as I will be camping in the boonies.

    Is this possible? I've only ever used my Apple TV at home while connected to a WiFi network.

  2. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    If you network the Mac and the Apple TV yes (Ethernet or wifi)

    If you can share your network connection of your ipad with your apple tv then you should be able to, but I don't have a new ipad with that capabilities to try that.
  3. brettO5 macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2012
    My first thought is that you might need an Airport Express to provide the WIFI signal for both to connect to???
  4. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    With a MacBook you can set up a network using it's internal radio, tho you only get to connect to one other device.
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    As already stated, you could use the wifi in your Mac. However, that would require you to keep your Mac on at all times and I find the radio signal to be a bit lacking (and I believe the encryption can only be WEP which is pretty weak). You would be better off getting an Airport Express. You could even plug the AppleTV right into it. You don't need Internet to use Airplay, so all you would be doing is creating a local wifi connection to airplay from an iPad/Mac to the AppleTV. I've done this in my car for long trips.

    An Airport Express can be purchased for as little as $75 refurbished from Apple.
  6. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011

    PRO: easy and always running.
    CON: Devices will be confused because no internet connection exists, and they will be trying to reach internet via WIFI.
  7. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Why not just connect the mac directly to the TV?
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yes me apparently. I've done it just to prove to people how insecure their network is. Nothing drives home a point like showing your neighbor how quickly someone can hack their network. Maybe it's because I work with IT security on a daily basis, maybe it's because I'm an @$$ as well, but whatever the reason just ignoring a weak (or in your case NO) encryption because there aren't many people around doesn't mean there isn't a risk.

    (I'd also like to point out Campgrounds are full of bored children just looking to get into mischief and kids these days are 100x more tech savvy than those even 20 years ago)

    I also going to assume his Mac has some important data on it (personal finances, passwords to websites, etc. etc.) which once you are in someone's network it is relatively simple to track any and all computers and dump data off of them.

    EDIT: By the way, why so defensive? I made no insults and simply pointed out the possibility that what you consider "boonies" may not be what the OP considers. I did not insult, but you certainly wanted to insult me.
  9. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    or do the same with the ipad, there are HDMI and VGA adapters from apple for lightning and the older dock connector.

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