Shared Apple TVs in a big office building

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brlx

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We would like to deploy some Apple TVs in our building for meetings and presentations. First, only in top managers' meeting rooms, but later maybe in much more meeting rooms.
Honestly, we did not find a good solution how to solve the access to them. As you probably now, if an Apple TV is not password protected and is available on the network, anybody can connect to it, kicking out the previous presenter. If multiple users know the password, they also can kick out each other. We came up with multiple ideas, but each of them has it's own issues.

  1. If we simply leave them freely available on the main network/wifi, then anybody can connect to any of them from anywhere, which is problematic at least, even if assume that the users are benign, ie. they will only connect if they are presenting, since they might select the wrong one. Also problematic, if you have to select the right one from 30 Apple TVs.
  2. If we would create a separate network for them, then the users would have to connect to a different wifi every time, and most probably, they would forget to connect back to the main one, so that we are back at the first solution.
  3. If we make the AppleTVs available on the main network, but protect them with a password, then it would only protect them until some users save those passwords in their devices, than we are again almost back to the first solution.
  4. Creating a separate network for each of the Apple TVs is rather a lot of work, might require some infrastructure investments too (since our APs already provide a lot of SSIDs), and there is the problem again with switching wifi before connecting to the Apple TV.

Any better idea than these? (It might be relevant that we do not use Macs officially, only some users did buy them, but we do have more and more iOs devices.)

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Thomas Bosboom

Joined: Aug 22, 2012
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Aruba Airgoup

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Aruba Airgroup may provide a possible solution by using some additional intelligence in the management of DNS broadcasts.
See http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/032212-aruba-airgroup-257558.html or http://www.arubanetworks.com/technology/aruba-tech-briefs/
We are looking into this technology and it looks impressive!

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pghmobility

Joined: Sep 17, 2012

Shared Apple TVs in a big office building

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As convenient as AirPlay is, have you considered just using the HDMI out dock connectors?

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brlx's picture

brlx

Joined: Sep 24, 2013

not really

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Well we did start this research because of our CEO wanted AirPlay specifically, so the answer is in fact no. The idea is not bad, I'll suggest it for configuration.
(btw the CEO did get his own AppleTV with a specially configured wifi AP, but that's just one)

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D80Buckeye

Joined: Oct 6, 2012

AirPlay Restrictions

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The only way around this to solve all of your problems would be to only expose a particular AppleTV to a specific set of MAC addresses in your firewall rules for the iPads that are intended to use that device. That way Joe Employee can't hijack the CEO's presentation.

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Spud

Joined: Oct 26, 2012

Onscreen code

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Wouldn't the onscreen code work?

It's unique, requires you to have visibility of the screen, and is easy enough for even the dinosaurs.

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Alexanderre

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maybe create guest networks

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maybe create guest networks for meeting rooms that would only provide you with a password valid for one hour or smth

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