AirPlay – Mac101 – Get one to one with your Mac ! http://mac.101.freemac.org Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:49:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 MacBook Pro Tips http://mac.101.freemac.org/macbook-pro/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:55:35 +0000 http://osx.tips.onemac.net/?p=10848

Set up

The first time your MacBook Pro starts up, Setup Assistant walks you through the simple steps needed to begin using your new Mac. If you want to transfer your data from another computer, see Migrate your data for details.

A screen with Setup Assistant open to the Welcome screen.

Be sure to connect to Wi-Fi, turn on Bluetooth® wireless technology, get an Apple ID, then sign in to iCloud. Activate Siri during setup, if you want. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, you can also set up Touch ID and Apple Pay.

You can do these steps quickly and easily with Setup Assistant—but if you want to do them later, here’s how:

Connect to Wi-Fi. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the password, if necessary.

Turn Wi-Fi on or off. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose Turn Wi-Fi On or Turn Wi-Fi Off.

Turn Bluetooth on or off. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, then choose Turn Bluetooth On or Turn Bluetooth Off.

Tip: If you don’t see the Wi-Fi status icon or Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, you can add them. For Wi-Fi, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network. Click Wi-Fi in the list on the left, then select “Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar.” For Bluetooth, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then select “Show Bluetooth in menu bar.”

Get an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account you use for everything you do with Apple—including using the App Store, the iTunes Store, iCloud, iMessage, and more. Your Apple ID consists of an email address and a password. You need only one Apple ID to use any Apple service, on any device—whether it’s your computer, iOS device, or Apple Watch. It’s best to have your own Apple ID and not share it—create separate Apple IDs for each family member.

If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can create one (it’s free). Go to the Apple ID account website.

Important: If you forget your Apple ID password, you don’t need to create a new Apple ID. Just click the Forgot link in the login window to retrieve your password.

Set up iCloud on your MacBook Pro. With iCloud, you can store all of your content—documents, movies, music, photos, and more—in the cloud, and access it anywhere you go.

To set up iCloud, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud. In the window that appears, enter your Apple ID and password. Then select the features you want to use. For more about iCloud, see Access your content anywhere with iCloud.

Important: Be sure to use the same Apple ID for iCloud on all your devices.

Set up Siri. You can enable Siri on your MacBook Pro when prompted during setup. To learn how to turn on Siri later and for information about using Siri on your Mac, see Siri.

Set up Touch ID. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar and Touch ID, you can add a fingerprint to Touch ID during setup. To set up Touch ID later or to add additional fingerprints, click the System Preferences icon  in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Touch ID. To add a fingerprint, click the add icon and follow the onscreen instructions. You can add up to three fingerprints per user account (you can add up to five fingerprints total to your MacBook Pro).

The Touch ID preferences window with options for adding a fingerprint and using Touch ID to unlock your Mac, use Apple Pay, and buy from the iTunes, App Store, and iBooks Store.

You can also set options for how you want to use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro: to unlock your Mac instead of entering your password, to use Apple Pay (see Apple Pay), or to purchase items on the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.

Tip: If two or more users use the same MacBook Pro, each one can add a fingerprint to Touch ID to quickly unlock, authenticate, and log in to the MacBook Pro. Your MacBook Pro can store a total of five fingerprints.

For more information about Touch ID, see the Apple Support article Use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro.

Set up Apple Pay. If you have a MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, you can set up Apple Pay for one user account on your MacBook Pro during setup. Other users can still pay with Apple Pay, but they must complete the purchase using their iPhone or Apple Watch that’s been set up for Apple Pay (see Apple Pay for more details). Follow the onscreen prompts to add and verify your card. If you already use a card for iTunes purchases, you might be prompted to verify this card first.

To set up Apple Pay or add additional cards later, click the System Preferences icon  in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Wallet & Apple Pay and follow the onscreen prompts to set up Apple Pay.

Note: The card issuer determines whether your card is eligible to use with Apple Pay, and may ask you to provide additional information to complete the verification process. Many credit and debit cards can be used with Apple Pay. For information about Apple Pay availability and current credit card issuers, see the Apple Support article Apple Pay Participating Banks.

The desktop

The first thing you see on your MacBook Pro is the desktop, where you can quickly open apps, search for anything on your MacBook Pro and the web, organize your files, and more.

A MacBook Pro screen calling out the Apple menu, desktop, Help menu, Finder window, menu bar, Wi-Fi status icon, Ask Siri icon, Finder icon, System Preferences icon, and the Dock.

Tip: Can’t find the pointer? To magnify it temporarily, move your finger rapidly back and forth on the trackpad. Or if you’re using a mouse, slide it back and forth quickly.

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AirPort Express http://mac.101.freemac.org/airport-express/ Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:39:38 +0000 http://osx.tips.onemac.net/?p=2706

This tip explains how to stream music from iTunes on your Mac or PC, or from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (iOS 5.1 or later) to your stereo or speakers using AirPort Express as a standalone Wi-Fi base station or as one of several Wi-Fi base stations.

Note: If you would also like to stream movies and photos to your television, consider adding an Apple TV to your existing Wi-Fi network.

Note: Music streaming from iTunes, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is done via AirPlay.

Things to consider before you begin

  • Start with a plan for the physical layout. Depending on whether you have an existing Wi-Fi network, or if you are using your AirPort Express as a standalone Wi-Fi device, there are several options available for you to choose from.
  • When using Ethernet, Cat6 cable is recommended.
  • The layout you choose should take into account environmental factors such as physical access, location, range, radio frequency interference, etc.
  • You will need to consider what AirPort Utility settings to adopt.
  • You will need to know whether you are using an AirPort Express (802.11b/g) or an AirPort Express (802.11a/b/g/n).

Different usage scenarios for the AirPort Express, and how to set them up

The AirPort Express is the only Wi-Fi base station. It provides simultaneous Wi-Fi access and AirPlay streaming.This configuration requires that the AirPort Express is in physical cable range of both the audio device and the DSL/Cable router at the same time.
How to set it up

  1. Connect your DSL or cable modem to your AirPort Express using the WAN Ethernet port.
  2. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  3. Plug AirPort Express into the power outlet. There is no “on” switch.
  4. Use AirPort Utility to create a new network. Ensure that “Enable AirPlay/AirTunes” is checked in the Music tab.
  5. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window.

 

The AirPort Express is connected to the primary Wi-Fi base station with Ethernet. It extends the range of an existing Roaming Wi-Fi network and provides AirPlay streaming.
How to set it upAirPort Utility 6.1

  1. Ensure that the AirPort base station Ethernet cables are connected as above
  2. Launch AirPort Utility 6.1. The Assistant will automatically configure the Roaming network

AirPort Utility 5.6.1

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. Plug AirPort Express into the power outlet. There is no “on” switch.
  3. Connect an Ethernet cable (Cat6) from a LAN port of the primary Wi-Fi base station to the Ethernet port of the AirPort Express.
  4. Use AirPort Utility to configure the AirPort Express as part of a Roaming network. For steps to configure a Roaming network, read Setting up and configuring a roaming network (802.11 a/b/g/n).
  5. Ensure that “Enable AirPlay/AirTunes” is checked in the AirPort Utility Music tab.
  6. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window.

 

AirPort Express used exclusively for AirPlay by setting it up in Client Mode.Choose this configuration if the computer containing your iTunes library may be out of direct range of the AirPort Express, but is within range of the Wi-Fi network.
How to set it up

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. From your computer, join the wireless network. Use the AirPort status menu in the menu bar on a Mac. On a Windows-based computer, hold the pointer over the wireless connection icon until you see your AirPort network name (SSID), and choose it from the list if there are multiple networks available. Enter the network password, if necessary.
  3. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.

 

AirPort Express extends Wi-Fi network range and streams iTunes music simultaneously using Extended Network for AirPort Express with 802.11n, or legacy WDS with AirPort Express 802.11g from another Wi-Fi base station.Due to the overhead required for this configuration, you may expect AirPlay drop-outs such as intermittent loss of audio.
How to set it up

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. Plug AirPort Express into the power outlet. There is no “on” switch.
  3. If you are setting up an AirPort Express (802.11a/b/g/n) with other 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi base stations, read Setting up and configuring an extended wireless network (802.11n) OR, if you are setting up an AirPort Express (802.11b/g) with other 802.11b/g Wi-Fi base stations, read Setting up and configuring a Wireless Distribution System (802.11b/g).
  4. Ensure that “Enable AirPlay/AirTunes” is checked in the AirPort Utility Music tab.
  5. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window.
    Note: Apple doesn’t recommend combining 802.11 b/g and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi base stations in the same network.

 

Additional Information

Tips for using AirPort Express with AirPlay

  • Use powered speakers with a stereo mini-jack connector.
  • Do not connect USB speakers to AirPort Express.
  • Do not connect AirPort Express to the phono jack on your stereo.
  • You can stream iTunes music to more than one AirPort Express at a time by choosing Multiple Speakers from the speakers pop-up menu.
  • Only one computer at a time can stream music to AirPort Express.
  • You can connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers using a digital fiber optic cable, analog mini-stereo-to-dual-RCA cable, or mini-stereo to mini-stereo cable (depending on what type of connectors your stereo uses) connected to the Line Out port.
  • Wireless computers within range of AirPort Express can wirelessly stream music to it using iTunes 4.6 or later.
  • You may connect an optional power cord if you are setting up your AirPort Express away from a power outlet.
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Wirelessly Mirror http://mac.101.freemac.org/wirelessly-mirror/ Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:24:39 +0000 http://osx.tips.onemac.net/?p=2684

AirPlay Mirroring lets you send what’s on your Mac to an HDTV wirelessly with Apple TV.

If your Mac supports AirPlay Mirroring, an AirPlay Mirroring status icon appears in the menu bar when an Apple TV is on the same network as your Mac.

Mac computer, HDTV, and Apple TV setup

For information about Mac and Apple TV requirements to use AirPlay Mirroring, see:

About AirPlay Mirroring

  1. Make sure your Mac and your Apple TV are on the same network.
  2. Choose your Apple TV from the AirPlay status icon in the menu bar.
  3. Choose This Mac or your Apple TV depending on how you want to match the desktop size of your Mac.

OS X automatically detects an Apple TV when it’s on the same network, and displays the AirPlay icon in the menu bar. When AirPlay Mirroring is active, the status icon is blue.

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Playing music with AirPlay http://mac.101.freemac.org/playing-music-with-airplay/ Sat, 19 May 2012 11:34:00 +0000 http://onetip.onemac.org/2012/05/19/playing-music-with-airplay/ How to use AirPlay
Just plug your stereo system or speakers into the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable or have your AirPlay-enabled output devices connect to the same local network as your iTunes library.

When you open iTunes 10 or later on your Mac or PC, you’ll see an AirPlay button at the bottom right-hand corner of the iTunes window.Clicking on the AirPlay button will let you control where you stream your content.

Add AirPlay to your current network
Simply connect your stereo system to the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable and plug it into an electrical outlet. Once this is done, AirPlay wirelessly links to your existing network, letting you play your music in your room of choice with AirPlay-enabled output devices without moving anything or connecting anything else.

AirPlay-enabled output devices other than AirPort Express may connect to the network in other ways. Refer to the instructions from the manufacturer for more details.

Listening through multiple speakers
With AirPlay and iTunes, you can listen to music through your computer speakers and multiple AirPlay outputs.

The maximum number of outputs are three to six in typical conditions. The number that works for you will depend on your environmental conditions (such as building composition and local radio interference), distance to the outputs, and available network capacity relative to your other usage.

Controlling multiple speakers
You can use the Multiple Speakers window to control the relative volume of your output devices.

The sound coming out of your AirPlay output device may sound louder or softer because of on the accoustic characteristics of the area in which it is placed. The sound being outputted may sound different even in comparison to the sound output from the same device placed in a different area.

If you set the softest output to most closely match the Master Volume, when you adjust the Master Volume, you have more precise control over that output.

You can adjust Master Volume in the Multiple Speakers window or by using the main volume control in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.
Louder AirPlay outputs can be set to a lower volume to better control the extra power.

Controlling playback on the go
The Remote app allows you to control iTunes or Apple TV from your iOS device. If you are streaming from your iTunes library and step away from the computer, take your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with you to control the iTunes library.

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AirPlay http://mac.101.freemac.org/airplay/ Sat, 19 May 2012 08:59:00 +0000 http://onetip.onemac.org/2012/05/19/airplay/ Enabling AirPlay from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
You can AirPlay videos, music or photos from a variety of different locations on your iOS device, including from within the Photos, Videos, Safari and Music apps, or directly from recently used apps.

To AirPlay video or photo content to your Apple TV:

  1. Connect your iOS device and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open either the Videos, Safari or Photos app on your device.
  3. Locate and tap the AirPlay icon (if attempting to AirPlay video content from Safari or Videos, begin playback first).
  4. Select your Apple TV from the list of available devices that appears and begin playback.

To AirPlay audio content to your Apple TV or AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express:

  1. Connect your iOS device and Apple TV, AirPlay speakers, receiver or AirPort Express to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Music or Safari app on your device.
  3. Locate and tap the AirPlay icon.
  4. Select your Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay-enabled speakers or receivers from the list of available devices that appears, and begin playback.

Note: The images of a TV screen or speaker next to each AirPlay device in the AirPlay menu indicate the type of media content you can stream to that device.

Enabling AirPlay from iTunes on your computer
To stream music or videos from your computer to an Apple TV or AirPort Express:

  1. Connect your computer and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open iTunes (10.2 or later).
  3. Locate and click the icon in the bottom-right corner of the iTunes application.
  4. Select your Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay-enabled speakers or receivers from the list of available devices that appears, and begin playback.

Note: The images of a TV screen or speaker next to each AirPlay device in the AirPlay menu indicate the type of media content you can stream to that device.

AirPlay requirements and capabilities
To get full AirPlay features, make sure your AirPlay-enabled devices are running the latest software updates. The table below identifies minimum AirPlay requirements and capabilities:

* If using an iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1 and later is recommended when streaming audio to an AirPlay audio device.
** Apple TV requires an active Internet connection in order to stream protected content via AirPlay.
***Applies only to models that can update to AirPort firmware 7.4.2 or later. Learn more about how to update your AirPort Express firmware.

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Stream videos to AppleTV http://mac.101.freemac.org/stream-videos-to-appletv/ Fri, 18 May 2012 12:11:00 +0000 http://onetip.onemac.org/2012/05/18/stream-videos-to-appletv/ First download the plugin : Media Center Plugin

After you download the plugin open up Safari preferences and go to extensions. Pull up the Media Center Plugin and you will see these options:

The options you click above are what will show up when you right click on a media file. Example: Use a youtube video.

As the video is playing, just right click and you will presented with the above options. You can download the video, open it in Quicktime or play it via AirPlay to AppleTV.

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