Windows Media Center On Your iPad, iPhone or Android Device

Every once in a while, I like to plug one of my favorite iPhone or iPad apps. The one I’m plugging today is most awesome, especially if you have a Windows Media Center. Yes, WINDOWS! Ever thought about how awesome it’d be to run your Windows Media Center on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Well, you can. And it doesn’t take special software, port forwarding, 15 different configuration files or anything that the novice can’t handle. It’ll only cost you $4.99 for the iPhone or iPad. $6.99 for Android devices. The name of the app is called Splashtop HD. Simply install the app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, then download the free streamer from the Splashtop web site and you’re well on your way. Installing the streamer on your mac or pc is very easy. Once it’s installed you’ll need to set up a security code (password) and if you want to stream over the internet (WAN), you’ll need a Gmail account. This will allow you to connect to your media center or any other pc from anywhere! I won’t go into great detail about setting up the streamer because it’s pretty much a no brainer. If you have any questions, please feel free to send them my way.
Ok, you have the app installed on your device, you have the streamer (which runs as a service) on your media center pc (or any other pc or mac). So now it’s time to tap away. Open the Splashtop app on your device.
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Your splash screen will open as shown in image 1 above. On the next screen, you’ll be able to see all of your computers that you have the splashtop streamer running on, image 2 above. Just tap on the machine that you want to connect to, in this case, we’ll tap on the Media_Center pc. Next, you’ll be greeted with the password screen, image 3. Here, you’ll enter the password that you specified when you set up the stream on the pc. Once you’ve entered your password, your desktop will load. The beauty of this app is that it passes audio in the stream as well. Take a glance of the on screen instructions, then play around for awhile to get use to the mouse movement. Then launch Windows Media Center, image 4. That’s it! That’s all there is to it. Work your media center just as you would if you were sitting in front of your tv at home. Is this the best way to get Windows Media Center on your iPad, iPhone or Android device? That’s for you to decide, but for me, it works flawlessly. I was streaming movies from my Media Center pc at home to my iPad at work today and it never skipped a beat. Good luck and again, if you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Comments

  1. Laura Bryant says:

    OMG that was so easy. I had it running on my iPad within 10 minutes. Thank you so much for the information and easy instructions!

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