There is one significant change with Apple’s new operating system (iOS8) that will impact our classrooms in a very positive way. With the new operating system you are now able to communicate between your mobile device and an Apple TV without Wi-Fi using AirPlay. This means for those of you who are having trouble getting Wi-Fi in your gym/teaching space, you won’t need it anymore. The following steps will help you get started using your Apple TV without Wi-Fi.
Here is what you need
1) An iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Make sure you have updated your operating system to iOS8
2) A 3rd generation Apple TV Rev A. You can determine if you have the correct Apple TV by looking at the back. Close to the serial number you will see an EMC number. If this number says 2633 then your Apple TV will mirror your mobile devices without Wi-Fi.
Once you have established that you have what you need, follow these steps to set up AirPlay without Wi-Fi
1) Plug in your Apple TV to a projector or TV with HDMI capabilities.
2) Update your mobile device to iOS8 and also update your Apple TV software to the most recent version.
3) Reboot both your mobile device and your Apple TV.
4) If you have established a Wi-Fi network on your mobile device go to your settings and forget the Wi-Fi network.
5) Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your mobile device and your Apple TV.
6) Go to the Control Center Menu to access AirPlay by swiping up on the bottom of your device.
7) Push the AirPlay button. AppleTV should show up. If it does not, restart your mobile device and Apple TV and try again.
8) Turn “Mirror” on.
You are now ready to mirror your mobile device without Wi-Fi! Let me know if you have any questions.
Recently I have been able to run a WiFi network on my mobile device while having the Apple TV not on a Wifi network. I think this may be do to new operating system updates. The devices are connected via AirPlay but because I can run Wifi on my mobile device I have been able to access the internet from my mobile device. At this point I have not been able to access YouTube videos but this might be related to a district network issue. My district does not allow Apple TV on the network but I can now access the internet on my Apple TV through my mobile device. This is a great solution if you are in a district where Apple TV’s are not allowed on the network.
When writing this blog I had the intention of simply helping educators and fellow physical education teachers be able to use an Apple TV within there classroom without WiFI. I had no idea this blog would generate so much traffic. It’s important to note that video streaming does not work without WiFi. You can browse the internet and stream music using your iPhone/iPad while the Apple TV is just on bluetooth but no video at this point. I hope that this helps clarify.