September 30, 2014

Mac Geek Gab Goes Nuts for AirParrot

One of the main advantages of AirParrot is streaming from older Mac and Windows computers to a compatible Apple TV, Reflector or other media receiver of choice.

Mac Geek Gab, a podcast featured on the Mac Observer, covered this topic in an episode last month. Hosts John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton gave a listener advice in regards to his skepticisms towards AirParrot.

The listener had an older Mac and a first generation Apple TV. He wanted to know if upgrading his Apple TV so it is compatible with AirParrot was worth it in terms of the movie streaming experience.

John and Dave recommended updating the Apple TV, and they gave advice for the process, suggesting looking through the Refurbished Apple TV store for cheaper, yet still high-quality options. Dave also highly endorsed AirParrot. “It works awesome; it really does,” he said. “I’ve had no issues whatsoever with AirParrot in that regard.”

Listen to episode 516 to hear the full review (starting at 45:14). Also, be sure to visit their website for archived podcasts or subscribe on iTunes and stay up to date on all things Mac!

 

September 26, 2014

Reflector AirPlay Password Options

Allowing anyone to connect to your computer to show their device is a great tool. However, there are times you may want to restrict access. On larger networks, unwanted and accidental connections can happen at inopportune times. 

The latest versions of Reflector allow you to set your own custom AirPlay password or use an Onscreen Code. Onscreen Codes are randomly generated numeric passwords displayed when connecting. You can also set a custom password.

Follow these simple steps to change your AirPlay password.

1. Open Reflector and click the Reflector icon in your dock.

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2. Click the Reflector option in your menu bar and select preferences.

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3. Choose a security setting that works for you.  

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4. Click save and enjoy!

If you enable Onscreen Codes, Reflector will prompt you with a random password. Enter this code when your device prompts you for a password. 

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Meet the Squirrels: Aaron Rinier

This is the fourteenth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

Aaron (better known as A-A-Ron or Papi) was raised in Canton, Ohio. He is the customer experience manager at Squirrels. He handles all things customer and support related. Aaron strives to make sure every encounter with the products at Squirrels is positive and issues are resolved in the quickest, most efficient manor possible.

The 2013 company retreat to Lake Tahoe has been the coolest thing Aaron has done with the company so far. “Renting jet skis on Lake Tahoe was so much fun, even though I fell into the freezing water,” he said.

According to Aaron, “the best part about working at Squirrels is my co-workers. It’s great to have a job that you look forward to everyday.” 

Learn more about Aaron!

Favorite things to do in your free time:  I enjoy doing projects around my house, and I love to golf; anything outside really.

Favorite food: Any kind of seafood

TV show: Shark Tank

Movie: Fight Club

Band/artist: Kid Cudi

Your idol and why:  My grandfather is my idol. He taught me what hard work is and to never give up.  

Your motto:  No matter how bad things get, they can’t take away your birthday. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be?  Honey Badger, is there really any other choice?!

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a doctor.  

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  I would want to be able to fly. 

September 25, 2014

Reflector for Windows 1.5 is Available

Reflector for Windows version 1.5 is now available. This version adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—including frames. 

Version 1.5 changes include:

  • Added support for displaying the connected device’s name
  • Added additional GPO deployment entries
  • Added support for Onscreen Code connections
  • Various performance enhancements and bug fixes

Full release notes for version 1.5 can be found here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/release-notes/win/

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Reflector menu. The new version of Reflector can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/download/

Reflector for Mac 1.6.4 is Available

Reflector for Windows version 1.6.4 is now available. This version adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—including frames. 

Version 1.6.4 changes include:

  • Added support for displaying the connected device’s name
  • Added support for Onscreen Code connections
  • Various performance enhancements and bug fixes

Full release notes for version 1.6.4 can be found here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/release-notes/win/

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Reflector menu. The new version of Reflector can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/download/