Remote control of xp media centre P

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January 12, 2009 at 08:26:05
Specs: Windows XP media centre, core 2 duo
I want my laptop to act as a remote control for playing mp3s and internet radio on my desktop (and the other options that come with XP media centre). They are connected by a wireless network and the laptop runs XP home.

This is so that I can run a low power FM transmitter off my desktop sound card, and use it to distribute music to FM radios dotted around the house. The whole thing will be much more manageable if I can control it remotely.

I have seen a few solutions that seem rather like overkill, involving secure logons, web access, etc. However, it seems like a simple job to be able to control the desktop within the confines of my own network.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks

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January 16, 2009 at 08:35:01
To my surprise, I can connect reliably from the XP Home laptop to the media centre. I can call up eg a BBC "play it again" programme and start it running, and watch the progress bar. When I close the remote desktop, I get a message to say that the programmes I started will carry on running. So far so good.

Following good advice, I have activated the appropriate tickbox on the laptop, and I am now in the happy position of being able to play BBC links, CDs and mp3s remotely.

My only remaining problem comes if I relinquish the link. The BBC site continues to play, as I want it to, but the mp3s and CDs stop playing. I suspect that this is just something that I shall have to live with, but any suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks


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January 16, 2009 at 14:43:11
To my surprise, I can connect reliably from the XP Home laptop to the media centre. I can call up eg a BBC "play it again" programme and start it running, and watch the progress bar. When I close the remote desktop, I get a message to say that the programmes I started will carry on running. So far so good.

Following good advice, I have activated the appropriate tickbox on the laptop, and I am now in the happy position of being able to play BBC links, CDs and mp3s remotely.

My only remaining problem comes if I relinquish the link. The BBC site continues to play, as I want it to, but the mp3s and CDs stop playing. I suspect that this is just something that I shall have to live with, but any suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks


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