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Take Control of Apple TV, Chapter 2: Set Up Your Apple TV

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers, scheduled for public release in January 2014. Apart from “Chapter 1: Introducing Apple TV,” these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “‘Take Control of Apple TV’ Streaming in TidBITS” for details.


Set Up Your Apple TV

The Apple TV is simple to set up; just connect the proper cables to your home entertainment center and follow the onscreen instructions. But I’ll show you how to make that initial setup even easier. If you own a compatible iOS 7 device, all you have to do is turn on your Apple TV and touch your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to it!

In this chapter, I’ll offer advice on what to do if you own an older television without HDMI inputs, the best places to buy an HDMI cable, whether to use a wired or wireless Internet connection, and the settings you’ll want to look at right away.

Make the Connections

Before you can do anything with the Apple TV, you have to connect it to your television and network. Let’s look at the ports on the back of your Apple TV (Figure 1).

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