How do I connect to UIC-WiFi with Apple TV (3rd/4th gen)?

These steps will allow you to connect your Apple TV 3rd or 4th Gen to UIC-WiFi. The following are required:

A USB-A to Micro-USB cable (for 3rd generation aTV)

A USB-A to USB-C cable (for 4th generation aTV)

A Mac running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or later

Apple Configurator 2

The AppleTV-UIC-WiFi.mobileconfig file

If you do not own your own Mac, there are publicly available Macs with Apple Configurator preinstalled in all ACCC managed public Mac labs. Apple Configurator 2 is free for anyone with an AppleID on the Mac App Store. 

Walkthrough:
 

1. Plug your Apple TV into power and USB, and connect the USB to the Mac. 

2. Download and save the AppleTV-UIC-WiFi.mobileconfig file to a convenient location, such as your Desktop. 

3. Download, install, and open, Apple Configurator 2 if you are on your own Mac, else, open it from the Applications directory. Skip any migration step if you are prompted, and click Get Started if prompted.

4. Once your Apple TV has booted you should see it appear in Apple Configurator 2. 

5. Double click on the Apple TV picture in Configurator, it should switch to the view below.

6. In the menubar, go to File > Open..., then navigate to the AppleTV-UIC-WiFi.mobileconfig file you downloaded earlier. Click open. This will open the profile editor window. 

7. Along the left hand side of the profile editor window, you should see the word "Wi-Fi" with a small yellow bubble with the number 2 in it. Click on WiFi.

8. Under Username input your NetID (no need to include @uic.edu), and under Password input your UIC common password. The credentials you enter should match those of whoever will be responsible for the Apple TV's network activity. Do not edit any other settings in the profile editor window except for these two. 

9. Once you have filled in your credentials, the yellow exclamation points and the bubble in the left hand column should disappear. Hit Command+S on your keyboard, or go to File > Save to save the changes you made. 

10. Close the profile editor window. 

11. Click the All Devices window, then click Actions > Add > Profiles... in the menubar. Navigate to the .mobileconfig profile you just edited, and click add. 

12. After a moment or two, the profile should be installed. Your Apple TV will now automatically connect and login to UIC-WiFi where available.

Further steps:

Your Apple TV functions as an AirPlay receiver for iOS devices and Macs. Any iOS device on the same network as yours, or within Bluetooth range, will be able to send their screen to your TV or projector (and depending on how new your AV equipment is, might turn the TV/projector on automatically). This is very convenient at home, where these devices were meant to be used, but here on a campus with thousands of people going through every day, it won't be long before someone decides to take your screen over inadvertently, or for other inappropriate purposes. AirPlay can be secured a number of different ways, and which one you choose will ultimately be decided by how you intend you use your device.

If you do not plan on using your Apple TV for AirPlay, the best way to secure it is to turn it to off. 

If you plan on using your Apple TV for AirPlay, and you are in a dorm, the best way to secure it is to enable a passcode, and enable device verification. This way only trusted devices that can physically see the display will be able to connect over AirPlay, ie, you or your friends, not the people across the hall. A passcode is a 4-digit number randomly generated each time someone tries to connect. 

If you plan on using your Apple TV for AirPlay, and you are in a conference room or office setting, the best way to secure it is by also by enabling a passcode and device verification. It is also recommended that you turn on Conference Room Display, which will show on-screen instructions for connecting to the Apple TV when the screensaver activates. 

More details on how to secure AirPlay can be found in this Apple Support article. Use your own discretion on how best to configure these settings for your use case, but do not leave the AirPlay receiver turned on and unsecured. 

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Last updated: 

September 20, 2016

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