4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2008 5:06 AM by Paul Don
Captain CowPie Level 1 (0 points)
I just purchased the Apple TV, and when I use the remote it also controls my MacBook Pro under 10.5.4. I switched off the ability to use remotes on the laptop for now, but is there a way to make sure the remote only works for the Apple TV, not the MacBook?

Thanks
  • Paul Don Level 2 (275 points)
    If you use separate remotes you can pair each one to each device - This means that the device will only work with the specific remote with which it is paired.
    However, if you're just using a remote for the AppleTV the this doesn't really help you as the remote can still be used to control other devices (like a Macbook).

    Pair with computer: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1619
    Pair with Apple TV: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1555

    I would probably leave the infrared port turned off on the Macbook - Do you need it for anything else?
  • Captain CowPie Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the help Paul. I do not usually use the remote on the Macbook Pro, but may in the future. I will just leave it off for now and turn it on when I need to.
  • BrotherPhil Level 1 (0 points)
    Along the same lines (but reverse), can I use the IR on my MacBook to act as a remote control for my TV???
  • Paul Don Level 2 (275 points)
    Hello, the Macbook does have an IR reciever but not an IR transmitter - The port is there for accepting input from the Mac Remote (I can't guarantee this 100%). It's would also need to be IrDA compliant, which it's not.
    Also, I would have thought the IR port on the Macbook is on the wrong side to be useful as a remote?
    Additionally, the range on IR ports on laptops is probably too short to be used as a remote - Maximum range of around 6 feet?
    Sorry, it looks like it's back to the old remote.