You may have heard of Remote Potato, a free application that lets you stream all kinds of media over your LAN or WAN. Though very useful, it is not very easy to configure and setup Remote Potato Server. We have already seen in brief, how Remote Potato turns Windows Media Center into a web server, thereby allowing you to access your media from any PC with a browser and an internet connection. In this easy-to-understand screenshot tutorial, we will guide you in setting up and configuring Remote Potato on your Windows computer.
Set up Remote Potato server
- Click here to visit to Remote Potato download page.
- Click on the Windows download option.
- In the next page, enter the email if you want to, else hit the “Begin Download” button.
- Run the downloaded file.
- If you haven’t installed Net Framework 4.0 on your machine, then it would prompt you to do so.
- Now the setup will run – hit the Enter button as usual and it will move to next step.
- Click on I Agree and then click on “Next” button.
- Now in this screen enter the username and password that you use to login into your Windows user account.
- In this step, choose the directory where you want to install Remote Potato. Te installation will now commence.
- After the installation completes, you will be required to click on Close.
- Now the setup Wizard will begin automatically. Click Next on the first screen. You can if you wish, Enable Security first.
- Follow all the steps which the wizard will guide you through.
- At the end, you will see a “All done screen”. Check out and note your IP if you want and click on Close finally.
- Now you could see a “Server is stopped” screen.
- Click on the Settings icon.
- Under Share media, tick all the check boxes if you want to stream all your content and click on any of the button for the settings of that particular media.
- Now to get the channels available, go to “Channels” Tab and click on reload from the Media Center button, your channel list will be ready.
- Now click on the Play button near the Settings button.
Now you have successful configured your Remote Potato Server and now it’s time to view your server and stream the media shared.
Connect and test Remote Potato server
- If you are connecting via a LAN PC, then open your browser and type out your LAN address that generally starts with 192.168. After your LAN address enter “:9080” and hit Enter. You might get be redirected to the following page:
- If you don’t have Silverlight installed on your Windows 7 computer, you will be prompted to install Silverlight. If you want you can download and install it,the otherwise you can continue with HTML version. But I would recommend that you go for the Silverlight option, as is good.
- After installing Silverlight, you will be able to see this beautiful interface.
If you are streaming your content over the internet then instead of your LAN IP you need to type your original IP.
Now you have connected to your server and you can stream your content all over the world and can even watch TV, if a TV tuner is attached with you Home PC or Server PC.
You will also be able to perform the following tasks:
- Listen to your music
- Watch your movies
- Watch the recorded TV
- Watch your Pictures
- Watch live TV
- Remote Control for Windows Media Center
You can select different themes for your Web UI, which pretty easy to use.
Remote Potato comprises of many features that you would love to use when you get familiar with them. Remember all the applications used in this tutorial were free of cost, thus no money is spent.
That was all about configuring, setting up and using Remote Potato. Hope you liked the tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section.