i wanted to tell you about ngRC. It is a remote control Software that enables a browser capable device, like Sonys PSP or Apples iPhone to act as a remote control.
What are the main features?
Just download and try: www.sourceforge.net/projects/ngrc
Here are some screenshots:
looks interesting, I will have to give it a try.
What platforms on the mobile devices does it support?
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at the moment PSP and iPhone/iPod touch, PC/Notebook, Tablet PCs. Other devices can be used, when making a special skin for that device.
As soon as the device is able to show websites, it is possible to run ngRC on it.
Sorry, forgot this! My WebSite is, with instructions, is in work....
Here is a small guide, it's very easy, as soon as you know, how it works:
1. after running the installer, a windows service is installed, you have to start it (either by heading to control panel, services..., or with a reboot)2. after starting the service, you have to start the media center interface (stop it before, when it's running).3. ehshell should tell you, that the ngRC-AddIn is running now on a specific port. When starting an extender, the same should be shown with another port4. For testing start up your browser and type in http://your-ip-of-your-mediacenter:8080/ngrc5. when this is running, try the same address on your mobile device6. The interface itself should be intuitive and self self-explanatory.7. one hint: to change between the extenders, have a look at the settings in the main window.
Hope this helps. Have fun using it.
schulzor2004:no,it's 8080 (there is webserver on that port running, serving the WebSites). The other port is only local. It is for communication between web-pages and MediaCenter AddIn
thanks for your feedback.
to change the port, you have to modify the tomcat configuration: go to the ngrc install directory: ...\tomcat\conf\server.xml, in there look for 8080 and change all occurences to what ever you like. After that restart the tomcat process (control-panel/services...)
ngRC is skin-capable. So when there is somebody who is able to create a special skin for the iPhone, that uses the iPhone-Special features, I would be happy. Within the installation there is a document that explains the skinning-feature of ngRC. It is not very hard, because everything is basing on HTML/CSS. And as I know, the iPhone can be programmed the same way. Looking forward for help on that!
@ Danno: you'd only need to open (forward) that port (at the router) if you want to be able to use this from outside of your house (port-forwarding has absolutely nothing to do with what you do within your LAN.)
@ gazzer: unless that web server (runing on port 8080) is running on that machine (and, I kinda hope your Media Center isn't also a general-purpose webserver ), it won't matter.
@ schulzor: looks very cool. Must give this a whirl (I do have a PSP or two laying around here....)
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Thanks to everyone. I had to open port 8080 on my Vista Firewall (it was turned on). Once I did that I could open the address from another laptop. I could see my music, but didn't see any video. Perhaps this is because I use shortcuts and don't monitor those folders. I'll also try it on my PDA (Windows Mobile) and my Nokia 700.
I got it to work on my iPhone for the Media Center PC, but not on my extender.
On the extender a dialogue box pops up saying "...port 7756" but I do not see that under settings in ngRC.
Excellent tool, works perfect on my ipod touch. Thanks!