What's the multiple computer to one Apple TV experience like?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Puonti, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    Let's say we have a couple of desktop and / or laptop users that would like to mirror their OS X desktops to a single Apple TV -connected HDMI projector in a conference room (one by one in turn, not all at the same time). The desktop computer wouldn't actually be located in the conference room; rather it would be accessed remotely through an iPad and streamed to the ATV either via WiFi or Ethernet.

    1) I assume they all see the ATV as a receiver option since they're all on the same network - the ATV isn't "tied" to any one computer or Apple ID as far as mirroring goes?

    2) What happens if one computer is mirroring to the ATV and another computer tries to do the same?

    3) In your experience, how well does the ATV / OS X combo handle one computer mirroring to the ATV for a while, disconnecting, then another computer doing the same?
  2. samywamy10 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    1. You're correct.
    2. The computer who goes to connect will kick the previous computer off. Basically last in best dressed.
    3. Fine?
  3. Cinephi1e macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Northwest Ohio
    I agree with the above. We have done this many times and it works robustly. If you want to prevent someone from airplaying to the ATV there is now password protection for airplay.
  4. Puonti thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    Thank you both for sharing your thoughts on this scenario! I'll push the idea forward and we'll see how it goes.

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