I got AppleTV and it came with a remote. Since the remote triggers action on both the AppleTV and iMac (they are in the same room), I disable the iMac from taking remote signal already.

But can I buy another Apple remote, and pair it with the Mac, so that this new remote will not trigger action on the AppleTV? That is, one remote for the Mac, one remote for AppleTV, and they don't interfere with each other.

Update: I actually went down to Apple Store and got another remote, and paired it with the iMac, and confirm that this remote will not trigger any action on the Apple TV, so now each remote works independently... I just put a sticker on one of the remotes to tell which is which.

  • Ahh, I remember the good old days when I could walk into the Apple section of my college campus tech store and use an un-paired remote to activate and deactivate Front Row on all the Macs at once. That was, of course, back in the Tiger days when Front Row was cool.
    – Cajunluke
    Jun 20, 2012 at 21:22

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Yes. Follow the instructions in this Apple Support article for Macs or this other article for Apple TV.

Essentially, the procedure is this:

Pairing your remote with your Mac:

  • Log in on your Mac as an Admin user.
  • Get very close to your Mac (about 3 or 4 inches away).
  • Point the remote at the infrared sensor on the front of your Mac.
  • Press and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons simultaneously on the remote for 5 seconds.
  • Your Apple Remote is now paired with your computer. You should see a chain-link style lock appear in the center of your screen for a moment.

To pair your Apple TV with a remote:

  • Choose Settings > General > Remotes from the main Apple TV menu.
  • Choose Pair Apple Remote.
  • they can be paired, but will one remote trigger action on both? That is... the remote is pair with iMac and AppleTV, but does each remote send the same signal, so iMac and AppleTV can't tell which remote is which? But it seems like from your second link that each remote is different or has an ID of some sort Jun 20, 2012 at 21:25
  • The remotes will only activate the device with which they're paired. So, no, they won't trigger actions on both. I've no actual knowledge of how the paring works, but I suspect the remotes send some sort of ID or pairing code with the action signal.
    – Cajunluke
    Jun 20, 2012 at 21:43

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