How to Connect or Turn Off Your Mac’s IR Remote Receiver in OS X Mavericks

How to Connect or Turn Off Your Mac’s IR Remote Receiver in OS X Mavericks

Hey there! Today, I want to share with you how you can pair or disable the infrared (IR) remote receiver on your Mac running OS X Mavericks. It’s a nifty little trick that could come in handy, so let’s dive right in!

To start off, you might be wondering what the IR remote receiver actually does. Well, this little guy is responsible for picking up signals from your remote control. You know, those magical little devices that let you control your Mac from a distance? Yeah, that’s the one. They can be super handy, but there might be times when you want to disable them or even pair them with a new remote. That’s where this guide comes in.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s how you can pair your Mac’s IR remote receiver with a new remote control:

1. Begin by turning on the remote control and bringing it within range of your Mac.

2. On your Mac, click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen. A dropdown menu will appear.

3. From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open up a new window.

4. In the new window, find and click on “Security & Privacy.” It’s usually represented by a lock icon, so you might need to enter your administrator password to make changes.

5. Once you’re in the “Security & Privacy” settings, click on the “General” tab.

6. Look for the section that says “Allow your Mac to be controlled by an Apple Remote” and make sure the checkbox next to it is selected.

7. Now, grab your new remote control and point it at your Mac. Press and hold the “Menu” and “Next” buttons simultaneously for about five seconds.

8. You should see a message on your Mac confirming that your remote control has been successfully paired.

And voila! You’ve successfully paired your Mac’s IR remote receiver with a new remote control. Pretty neat, right?

But what if you don’t want to use a remote control at all? No worries, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can disable the IR remote receiver on your Mac:

1. Start by opening up the “System Preferences” window as mentioned earlier.

2. Once you’re in the “Security & Privacy” settings, click on the “General” tab.

3. Look for the section that says “Allow your Mac to be controlled by an Apple Remote.”

4. Uncheck the checkbox next to this option, and that’s it!

By disabling the IR remote receiver, you won’t be able to use any remote controls with your Mac. However, you can always enable it again by following the same steps and checking that checkbox.

So, whether you want to pair a new remote control or disable the IR remote receiver altogether, you now have the know-how to make it happen. Enjoy the added convenience or peace of mind that comes with having control over your Mac’s IR remote receiver!

Disclaimer: Make sure to double-check that your Mac’s model supports an IR remote receiver before attempting these steps. If you’re unsure, refer to your Mac’s documentation or consult the manufacturer’s website for more information.

How to Pair or Disable Your Mac's IR Remote Receiver in OS X Mavericks

I recently received an email from a reader who was facing a problem with the infrared (IR) receiver on her Mac. She had just done a clean install of OS X Mavericks and noticed that her Apple TV remote was causing unintended actions on her iMac. It was changing the volume and launching iTunes, among other things. The issue was that the clean install had removed the pairing or lockout of her iMac’s IR port, allowing it to respond to the universal signals from the Apple TV remote. But don’t worry, I’ll tell you how to fix it.

In the past, having a built-in IR receiver was a big selling point for Apple. However, they are now phasing out this feature on newer Mac models. But for those of us with Macs made in the last eight years or so, not locking down the IR port can be quite frustrating. You see, all modern Macs with IR ports respond to the same frequencies that Apple uses with the Apple TV. So if your Mac and Apple TV are in the same room and have a direct line of sight with your remote, it’s highly likely that your Mac will respond to the commands meant for your Apple TV.

But don’t worry, there are two ways to fix this problem: you can pair a remote with your iMac or disable the IR port altogether.

Mac OS X Disable Pair IR Remote

Mac OS X Disable Pair IR Remote

By default, Apple remotes work on a universal frequency that any compatible Apple device can read. But you can change that by linking a specific remote to a specific device. If you have OS X Mavericks or OS X Mountain Lion, you can find the settings for remote pairing in System Preferences > Security & Privacy. First, click on the padlock icon at the bottom-left of the window and authorize yourself as an admin to make changes. Then, click on the Advanced button at the bottom-right.

In the Advanced window, make sure the box that says “Disable remote control infrared receiver” is unchecked. Then, press the Pair button. Follow the instructions that show up, and bring the remote close to the front of your Mac. Press and hold the Menu and Next buttons until you see a “linked” icon appear on your screen. This means your remote is now paired with your Mac. You can use it from any position, but only your Mac will respond to its commands.

If you want to unpair a remote, just follow the steps above again and press the Unpair button in the Advanced window. Remember, you can also pair a remote with your Apple TV. Just go to Settings > General > Remotes and select Pair Apple Remote.

Turning Off Your Mac’s IR Port

Mac OS X Disable Pair IR Remote

If you never plan on using an infrared remote with your Mac, it might be a good idea to disable the IR port completely. This is what I had set up when I first got my Mac, but it was reset to the default “open” mode when I did a clean install of Mavericks.
To disable the IR port, it’s actually quite simple, and I already mentioned it earlier. You can find the option in System Preferences > General > Remotes > Advanced (just remember to click on the padlock icon to access the Advanced window). In this window, you’ll see a box that says “Disable remote control infrared receiver.” If you check this box, your Mac won’t respond to any IR remotes. And if you ever want to go back to the default behavior, simply uncheck the box.

In the future, there might come a time when no Macs have IR ports anymore. But until then, you can follow the steps I mentioned above to set up your Mac and Apple TV to only respond to IR commands when you want them to.

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