How to use Apple TV in your office

Cupertino, October 8, 2019

Although you know how to use Apple TV at home, the devices are also excellent in office environments. Here are some tips for setting up and using Apple TV at work.

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Apple TV has earned its reputation as an easy-to-use and compact residential home decoder, but the device also adds convenience and functionality to corporate environments. Here's how to set up and use Apple TV in an office.

First, connect the Apple TV device to the company's secure wireless network. Confirm the network to which Apple TV is connected by going to Settings and selecting Network. The name of the connected network appears in the Wi-Fi Input Connection section. To change the network, click the Wi-Fi network. Apple TV will search for other networks. Select the network you want to join, if you need to change the connection, and then enter the corresponding password to join.

Then make Apple TV available to other Apple users. As long as other users are connected to the same wireless network as Apple TV, they must be able to use the corresponding connected monitor to view the document, spreadsheet, presentation, or application from their iOS device or from their macOS computer. This feature is surprisingly useful in conference rooms and offices.

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To allow other Apple users to connect to Apple TV, click Settings on the Apple TV device, select AirPlay and HomeKit, and make sure AirPlay is enabled. Then, specify Anyone on the same network in the Allow Access (Figure a).

Figure a


Apple TV allows the use of a password before users can access the screen via AirPlay.

Erik Eckel

Allow others to connect

I recommend locking permissions so that only authorized users can access the connected screen of Apple TV. Prevent unauthorized users from accessing the corresponding screen by setting Mandatory Password to On, which will reveal a predefined numeric code that the user must enter to access Apple TV and the Internet. 39, connected screen.

If you want to simplify the connection to Apple TV via AirPlay for guests, for example in dedicated meeting spaces, from the AirPlay and HomeKit menus, set Conference Room Display to On. When enabled, the setting displays the name of the Apple TV device and its wireless network to help other users connect.

In offices and conference rooms with HomePod speakers, connect the HomePods to the Apple TV device. You can configure and confirm the Apple TV HomePod setup by going to Settings, Video and Audio and scrolling through the audio output settings in the Audio section. Select the HomePod (s) to connect (Figure B), at this point, all sound from the Apple TV will be broadcast to the speaker (s), provided that the HomePods are connected to the same wireless network.

Figure B

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If Apple HomePods are on the same network, you can connect them to Apple TV.

Erik Eckel

Why Apple TV useful in the office

In my office, I use the Apple TV-HomePod combination for a year. Both work well together and make it easy to view training videos, instructional webinars, tutorials, application data, spreadsheets, documents, presentations and proprietary programs. Multiple participants, with the corresponding password, can even take control of the display with the help of AirPlay. This feature has been useful many times because participants often want to display emails, files that are only on their laptops, and similar content to other participants in the same meeting. The fact that the steps can be completed in a matter of minutes without having to swap HDMI cables and change places allows the team to stay focused and produce results without being distracted from it.

Although my Apple TV's screen saver is configured to display a series of photos (from work-related pictures to family travel photos and favorite works seen in museums), you can also configure easily an Apple TV to rotate a series of images, logos. and other common marketing elements. Simply set up a Photos folder in iCloud and connect Apple TV to the same iCloud account. Then, on the Settings menu, select Screen Saver, set Type to My Photos, and then select the My Photos folder that you want your Apple TV to display. Having desktop monitors to display the corresponding images only takes a minute to configure and adds a professional touch to meetings and assemblies.

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