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techtre2003's Avatar techtre2003 12:49 PM 03-08-2012
Is anyone using a tablet in correlation to their HTPC? I am currently using media browser through Windows Media Center and thought it would be cool to have a tablet with the same display on the screen so I could scroll through and select movies by touch. The only way I figure I would be able to do that is with a Windows based tablet using Remote Desktop. Would there be any other options?

kapone's Avatar kapone 12:54 PM 03-08-2012
Can't be done.
Foxbat121's Avatar Foxbat121 12:54 PM 03-08-2012
I can use my GTab 10.1's DLNA app (AllShare) or my Samsung Android phone to control media playback on my PC or XBox 360.
MasterofBlasting's Avatar MasterofBlasting 12:59 PM 03-08-2012
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Can't be done.

Very helpful.

techtre2003,

I sometimes use my Kindle Fire with Splashtop to control my PC. It's a remote desktop application, but works pretty well.

I also use my Windows phone to navigate my PC. Also works well, has a "view desktop" function, but I usually don't use this.
techtre2003's Avatar techtre2003 01:03 PM 03-08-2012
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Originally Posted by MasterofBlasting View Post

Very helpful.

techtre2003,

I sometimes use my Kindle Fire with Splashtop to control my PC. It's a remote desktop application, but works pretty well.

I also use my Windows phone to navigate my PC. Also works well, has a "view desktop" function, but I usually don't use this.

Are you able to control Windows Media Center with either of those?
MasterofBlasting's Avatar MasterofBlasting 01:13 PM 03-08-2012
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Are you able to control Windows Media Center with either of those?

Since Splashtop is basically a remote desktop, you can control anything on your HTPC. Any programs should work. It's just an extension of your PC's screen really. Though it does pass through audio to the Kindle. This app can be used on any Android device, I think.

For my phone, I'm using PC Remote. Which is more of a remote than a remote desktop. Sure you can view the desktop, but it's on a 4" screen and tough to deal with. It does have a cool mouse feature that lets you use the phone as a mouse.

Anyways, I do believe there are dedicated Media Center controls on the PC Remote Windows phone app. I've never used it before, as I don't use WMC, but I can test it out tonight and let you know how it handles.
chadsdsmith's Avatar chadsdsmith 01:43 PM 03-08-2012
i have recently been using splashtop with my hp touchpad. works great. i can watch and control windows media center. i can even watch my blu ray iso files with sound via power dvd and with my new router, its pretty smoth and the resolution is very good. The app even works when you are away from your home network but it can be a bit laggy and is very dependant on the wifi source. the app is only $4.99
freetvEE's Avatar freetvEE 03:14 PM 03-08-2012
I have used Splashtop a lot myself and it works great! Keep in mind that it only shows and allows you to control another desktop remotely. With WMC it doesn't work in full screen, so you will need to shirink the screen and then drag it.
SteelWill's Avatar SteelWill 03:19 PM 03-08-2012
This will get WMC working in fullscreen with Splashtop:
http://www.mods.com.au/Maxifier/
tonytoronto's Avatar tonytoronto 03:30 PM 03-08-2012
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Originally Posted by techtre2003 View Post

Is anyone using a tablet in correlation to their HTPC? I am currently using media browser through Windows Media Center and thought it would be cool to have a tablet with the same display on the screen so I could scroll through and select movies by touch. The only way I figure I would be able to do that is with a Windows based tablet using Remote Desktop. Would there be any other options?

Media Browser has a remote control web add-on, it doesn't duplicate the screen but u can use it as a remote control, or have the add-on play content on the tablet or any device that supports html5. The web add-on nice, you can browse the movies on the tablet. Still beta stage but has worked fine for me. I like to freak out my "apple" friends with it :-)
They also have android app, but have not tested that.

hxxp://community.mediabrowser.tv/permalinks/8925/android-remote-control-app
hxxp://community.mediabrowser.tv/permalinks/8815/mediabrowserrc-2-5-0-1-beta-iphone-android-web-remote
techtre2003's Avatar techtre2003 04:33 PM 03-08-2012
Thanks for all the responses!
I'm gonna try the Media browser add-on and check out slashtop when I get home tonight. I was looking at RealVNC, but the viewer is $10 on the App Store and I didn't want to spend that if it didn't work how I want it to.

I've got an iphone now I can play with and was considering purchasing an ipad, but if a Windows (or Android) based tablet has the best interface for something like this I'll go that route. At least I have some options to check out now!
tvted's Avatar tvted 04:52 PM 03-08-2012
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Very helpful.

techtre2003,

I sometimes use my Kindle Fire with Splashtop to control my PC. It's a remote desktop application, but works pretty well.

I currently have installed Android VNC on my phone and I find it a mite too slow for my needs. I've tried Teamviewer as well as Pocket Cloud. Still need something quicker. Can you comment on Splashtop as compared to the above?

Ted
rob black's Avatar rob black 04:56 PM 03-08-2012
Brad Horstkotte's Avatar Brad Horstkotte 04:59 PM 03-08-2012
If you use XBMC as your HTPC media player, you can use either (1) XBMC's built-in web client (assuming your tablet is connected to your wifi; or your HTPC machine is routed on the network - NAT); or (2) XBMC Commander, a mobile app: http://xbmc-commander.com/page6/page6.html .
nexus99's Avatar nexus99 05:49 PM 03-08-2012
Vidabox often bundles other software in their offering... so this might actually be something that that you can get standalone rather than buying a Vidabox.
Tony_Montana's Avatar Tony_Montana 01:56 AM 03-09-2012
Is there any Ipad App to control WMC ,MediaBrowser , Mpc-Hc + PVD12 or TMT5 as external players?
coppertubing's Avatar coppertubing 05:51 AM 03-09-2012
IMO the best WMC control app for android is Media Center Control. It doesn't display video output, but it controls WMC better than any others that I've tried. The user interface is excellent. It even displays movie metadata if you have Media Browser and TV logos if you have MyChannelLogos.
coppertubing's Avatar coppertubing 06:09 AM 03-09-2012
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I currently have installed Android VNC on my phone and I find it a mite too slow for my needs. I've tried Teamviewer as well as Pocket Cloud. Still need something quicker. Can you comment on Splashtop as compared to the above?

Ted

Splashtop is much quicker than VNC, a little quicker than Teamviewer. I can watch video over Splashtop - not perfect but acceptable.
Gary Quiring's Avatar Gary Quiring 06:33 AM 03-09-2012
I'm using XBMC with an iPad app called Constellation. It's amazing how well it works for a free app.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xbmc-...437807301?mt=8
lockdown571's Avatar lockdown571 07:55 AM 03-09-2012
If you're willing to switch media players, XBMC has an application called Commander that is suppose to by really nice. I personally use Plex Media Center (an XBMC offshoot) which has a fantastic app that also does this. The great part is that when you select a movie, you can have it play on the TV or the iPad itself!
techtre2003's Avatar techtre2003 08:55 AM 03-09-2012
OK, I've got SplashTop running on my PC here at work and connecting with my Iphone and using The Maxifier. Works beautifully! The only thing I don't like is how when it changes my computer screen res, all my icons get rearranged; which I know will happen with any desktop viewer so not really a big deal. Now, if I can figure out a way to be able to use touch on my phone to scroll through Media Center that would be perfect!

Edit:
If I would have just read the hints before I jumped into it, I would have noticed the two finger screen scroll. Awesome! That Splashtop Xdisplay looks like a winner for Ipads. Anyone use it?
techtre2003's Avatar techtre2003 09:15 AM 03-09-2012
Thanks for the help everyone!
Oh, and the XBMC users: I did really like XBMC and haven't tried it for a while but when I was first configuring my Media PC I couldn't ever get HD Audio to work. I might take a look at that again too, but this Splashtop is working pretty well right now.
Thanks again
lockdown571's Avatar lockdown571 09:31 AM 03-09-2012
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Originally Posted by techtre2003 View Post

Thanks for the help everyone!
Oh, and the XBMC users: I did really like XBMC and haven't tried it for a while but when I was first configuring my Media PC I couldn't ever get HD Audio to work. I might take a look at that again too, but this Splashtop is working pretty well right now.
Thanks again

I believe the newest version of XBMC, Eden, supports HD audio.

EDIT: Does it? I've read some conflicting information on this. I just checked on my own system and it doesn't seem to bitstream at least. I'm not exact sure what it does with the HD tract. My receiver just says PCM.
Gary Quiring's Avatar Gary Quiring 09:38 AM 03-09-2012
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Originally Posted by lockdown571 View Post

I believe the newest version of XBMC, Eden, supports HD audio.

XBMC does support HD audio but not the stock build. One of the devs has a branch build that is kept very current. Read more here:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=880031&postcount=1
ratite's Avatar ratite 12:14 AM 03-10-2012
I am trying out the Remotely Possible app for my Windows Phone 7 and it works really quite well for WMC.

You can see screenshots and download the app here, for more info go here.
techtre2003's Avatar techtre2003 06:34 PM 03-10-2012
One of the things I really like about Splashtop is that it's a full remote desktop program. I have it connected to my work computer and needed a file this morning and was able to connect and grab it. I tried to get RealVNC working for about an hour on that computer and never could get it past our router. Splashtop somehow uses your gmail to connect and works really well. Also, having sound with remote desktop is a huge plus.
hollatbk's Avatar hollatbk 09:11 PM 03-10-2012
Using Sony Tablet S to control my media on my HTPC and "push" the media to my Sony e580 Home Theater.
josh_parker123's Avatar josh_parker123 01:51 PM 09-18-2012
Hi i just wondered if there had been any advancements on this topic as i also use mediabrowser and am looked to use a tablet as the "remote", i could see it coming really in handy for the web browsing i do on my htpc.
Sammy2's Avatar Sammy2 01:55 PM 09-18-2012
Ceton Companion App.
freetvEE's Avatar freetvEE 10:55 AM 09-20-2012
i still use splashtop, which works pretty good. I just wish it worked with full screen mode with windows media center...
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