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Apple TV tech tip

In large scale wifi network deployments it is often necessary to implement peer-to-peer blocking protocols in order to stop devices interfering with each other.  While this does provide a much better, and arguably safer, end user experience, the approach does restrict the use of screen sharing devices such as  Apple TV or  Chromecast.

There is good news on the Apple TV front.  The latest iOS and Apple TV software now provide added functionality which solves this challenge.  Lets zero in on the needed settings.

settings

On the Apple TV end you need:

  1. software version 6.1 with
  2. Airplay = ON
  3. Conference Room Display = ON
  4. Bluetooth = ON

and an newer  iPad/iPod/iPhone  running iOS version 7.1

This combination of devices and settings will let the  “iDevice”  connect to the Apple TV through bluetooth.  Once connected, all of the display functionality works as you would expect.

I was able to successful test this functionality in my WRDSB office.

Happy mirroring and sharing!

~Mark

 

Free wifi, sort of

Travelling is always an interesting time.  For me, one of the perspectives I keep an eye on is technology use in other contexts.

Here in China, it seems that everyone has a cell phone, and some have smart phones.  It appears that at least basic connectivity is deemed an important need.  As a traveller of course you need to have an eagle eye  (or an internal beacon) for free wifi opportunities.  In conversation with tour guides,  I believe that the cellular network is massive and quite robust.  Three major telco’s dominant the market, and I will write more on this in a upcoming blog post.   Wifi, and make that free wifi, is not readily available like it is in North America.  Yes, hotel lobbies etc. but not necessarily in retail places.

I did come across a Starbucks in Beijing and HAD to check out the wifi. Of course, I have to admit to wanting a coffee too.  While the venue offered free wifi access, the actual process to get access is controlled.   In order to gain access, you must enter a mobile phone number and you are texted an access code.  This process is oriented to cellular devices, not so handy for wifi only devices.

ChinaSB

… you may prefer  the translated version:

ChinaSB_eng

This verification approach seems to be used by a variety to vendors.  So, no free wifi for my iPad on this attempt.  Watch for my next connectivity update.

~Mark