I use the remote app on my iPhone and iPad all the time, but it seems silly that I have to reach for them when my Macbook is right on my lap. I'm not looking for a remote iTunes solution or home sharing, I want to actually be able to navigate the Apple TV menus from my Mac. If you have an Apple Remote, you can use it to control certain features on some Mac computers, iOS devices, or Apple TV. For example, from a distance you can play music from Apple Music on your Mac or navigate through Keynote presentations, play music from your iPod (using the Apple Universal Dock), or remotely control your Apple TV. To share your Mac with someone else, download a remote Virtual Network Computing (VNC) app like Jump Desktop. With full remote access and Mac remote control, the other person — or yourself connecting to another Mac — can have the same level of control as the person using that device. Except for Admin level access, since it's password protected.
Pair or unpair an Apple Remote with Mac. If you have more than one computer with a built-in infrared (IR) receiver in the same room, you’ll probably want to pair each computer with a specific Apple Remote. Pairing sets the computer to take commands only from the specified remote.
Universal Remote With Apple Tv Control
However, if you're just using a remote for the AppleTV the this doesn't really help you as the remote can still be used to control other devices (like a Macbook).
Pair with computer: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1619
Pair with Apple TV: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1555
I would probably leave the infrared port turned off on the Macbook - Do you need it for anything else?
Control Macbook Pro With Apple Tv Remote
Jul 18, 2008 5:20 AM