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

woodynorman

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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.

Thanks!!
 

NukeIT

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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.
 

brettO5

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My first thought is that you might need an Airport Express to provide the WIFI signal for both to connect to???
 

NukeIT

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My first thought is that you might need an Airport Express to provide the WIFI signal for both to connect to???
With a MacBook you can set up a network using it's internal radio, tho you only get to connect to one other device.
 

paulrbeers

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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.

Thanks!!
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.
 

Menel

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My first thought is that you might need an Airport Express to provide the WIFI signal for both to connect to???
yes

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.
 

paulrbeers

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I'm struggling to comprehend your point.

I know what the 'boonies' are. Do you really think someone in the next trailer over is going to set up camp 'in the boonies' just waiting for the opportunity to crack the OP's WEP encrypted network so he can watch some movies too?

Who does not think WEP is strong enough for the 'boonies?'

You, apparently.

BTW, I LIVE in the boonies and have an open network. Have yet to see a bear this year but I expect them to come out of hibernation soon. Saw a BIG bald eagle Saturday. Too many deer to count.

Glad you are not my neighbor...
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.