1. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    So I'm thinking of hooking this thing up to a TV in my home and using it as a glorified Apple TV. I have some questions:

    Is it at all possible to control this thing with a remote to navigate, select, rewind, pause, etc or am I restricted to using a pad for that?

    Inputting text I'm sure most certainly would require a keyboard, right? Or perhaps some kind of app on my phone similar to the remote app for the Apple TV can work?
    10-16-2014 03:11 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    You'd probably want a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to control it.
    10-16-2014 03:16 PM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    You'd probably want a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to control it.
    I prefer not to use either of those and instead the options I was hoping for.

    So nothing outside of keyboard and mouse, huh?
    10-16-2014 03:19 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    There are iPad and iPhone apps that can act as a remote mouse for an OS X computer though. Not sure on an app to serve as a remote keyboard though.
    What I do now is have a Mac mini as media server with iTunes running at all times and home sharing turned on and then an AppleTV also signed onto the same home sharing account.
    10-16-2014 03:19 PM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    You could also get a remote access app on an iPad and VNC into the Mac mini from the iPad. Those should have built in mouse and keyboard capabilities. Screens VNC is a well reviewed one.
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    10-16-2014 03:24 PM
  6. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    I prefer not to use either of those and instead the options I was hoping for.

    So nothing outside of keyboard and mouse, huh?
    My boss uses this setup at his house: 4 TV's, 4 Mac Minis, 4 Apple Keybaords, 4 Magic Mice, All on a server connected in different rooms. Actually works quite well. You can definitely set up an iPad to control your TV through your Mac Mini. I also believe the Apple TV remote can be programmed to work with the Mac Mini, but don't hold me to that.
    BreakingKayfabe likes this.
    10-16-2014 03:28 PM
  7. KarlDag's Avatar
    The Apple Remote works perfectly with a Mac Mini. It's actually completely interchangeable with the AppleTV's remote. I use my Mini as a HTPC and Plex server, and when using Plex to watch my media I use the remote, works great.

    The only issue I have sometimes is an issue with the HDMI handshake... sometimes I'll turn everything on but the Mini won't show up on my TV. Either I have to unplug/repluf HDMI, or mess around with my receiver, switching it to another source and back and eventually it works. Haven't figured out why yet...
    BreakingKayfabe likes this.
    10-16-2014 03:45 PM
  8. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Wow. Thanks, everyone. Glad to see I will have some options. Going to get myself one of these next month.
    Illustrator Joe likes this.
    10-16-2014 04:55 PM
  9. KarlDag's Avatar
    Little follow up : Yosemite has fixed my HDMI handshake issues. The mini is once again perfect as a htpc. Have fun with yours, especially since they just announced a new model!

    PS I wouldn't get the new base model, CPU sounds really weak. Get the 2nd one.
    10-18-2014 11:16 AM
  10. KarlDag's Avatar
    PPS Putting in a SSD also makes a world of difference. If you're even only slightly handy this is something you can swap yourself in a while if you want, much cheaper than Apple's option. You can even keep the included HDD as a 2nd drive with a special SATA wire sold on eBay. YouTube videos are easy to find.
    10-18-2014 11:18 AM
  11. towusop's Avatar
    A OSX nubbie with a question that I think fits here. I was thinking of adding a mac mini to my TV for the main purpose of using it as a living room facetime machine. Do any of you all have experience using the Mac Mini in the living room like this?
    10-24-2014 10:42 AM
  12. KarlDag's Avatar
    A OSX nubbie with a question that I think fits here. I was thinking of adding a mac mini to my TV for the main purpose of using it as a living room facetime machine. Do any of you all have experience using the Mac Mini in the living room like this?
    No, but I'm certain this would work as long as you don't forget to buy a webcam sounds expensive just for this purpose though...
    10-28-2014 08:57 PM

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