Installing Apple TV in school

Installing Apple TV in School: A Quick Guide


I’ve just installed 20 Apple TV in two different schools, with surprising ease. This is a quick guide on how installing Apple TV in school.

Hardware Needed:

Apple TV

VGA Cable (

Kanex HDMI to VGA adapter

3.5mm Jack to 2 x RCA Phono Audio Cable (

A Wifi conection is preferable but not essential. It is possible to connect via a normal CAT5 network cable.

The schools both had Promethean IWB.

The Apple TV Install

After unpacking everything and removing all protective plastic layers, first thing was to power the Apple TV.

Installing Apple TV in schoolNext step was to connect the HDMI converter to the Apple TV and the VGA lead into either a VGA switching device or into the VGA wall socket. In some cases I plugged in the Apple TV into the VGA cable the teacher normally used for their laptop. I prefer using an switching device (supplied with a Promethean Board) as it saves having to connect and disconnect each time you need to swap display devices. This HDMI converter does not need extra power supply, making installing Apple TV in the classroom just that little simpler!

Installing Apple TV in school

I connected the audio lead between the HDMI to VGA converter and the speakers/amp.

Once this was done, it was just a case of switching on the projector and making sure the right input was selected on the projector.

Setting up the Apple TV

When using the remote, use the ‘Menu’ button to go back.

There are not too many options you need to change on the device itself.

When you startup, you will be asked some standard questions for setup. Use the remote to respond to the questions. Being connected to a network is essential, and you need to know your Wifi SSID (Network Name) and the Wifi passcode if you are not connecting directly into a network socket. You can not at present enter proxy server details.

Name the Apple TV

If you are using more than 1 Apple TV in your school, you  will want to give each device a name to help identify it when you want to display via Airplay. Choose a name associated with the classroom rather than the teacher, such as ‘Y3’ rather than ‘Miss Jones’.

To set a custom name, choose: Settings > General > Name > Custom…, then use the on-screen keyboard to create a name. Click Submit.

Airplay Password

Next you will also want to add a password to access the Airplay to ensure that only you (and those you choose) can project directly onto the board. Not setting a password would give the ability to project into a different classroom.

To set a password, choose: Settings > Airplay > Airplay Password  then use the on-screen keyboard to create a name. Click Submit.

Choose a really short password as you will need to type it in each time you use Airplay.

This is one way of installing Apple TV in school.

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