how to use it with a media server?

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  1. mark5hs

    mark5hs New Member

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    Ok, so essentially what I want to do is access the music library stored on my computer and stream it over the internet to my phone.

    Can it be done? thanks!
     
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    mwhartman Super Moderator/RS Premium Member

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    Never tried. Perhaps via a BT connection.

    Let us know.
     
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    Check the app gremote. I believe this will do what you need. I haven't used it in a while though. The app itself is free, but the program you need to install on your computer is 10$.
     
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    Sorry for the double post, can't seem to edit using my phone...

    I meant gmote for the app. It only streams music though, I don't think it does video.
     
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    garrett Silver Member Theme Developer Developer

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    You can achieve this with either tversity or orb.

    I've done it with tversity and was able to watch movies and listen to music anywhere and worked quite well on both 3G and wifi.
     
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    They have a free version of the gmote app for the computer, or at least I got it from their site and haven't paid a dime for it.
     
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    Video Streaming

    Greetings, friend;
    Orb works decently, and AFAIK gmote is indeed only audio, in terms of streaming.
    At least, if it does video, I haven't gotten it to work yet. Love the app though.
    As a home theater remote control it's extremely slick and smooth.

    {OT}
    If you have trouble with range on your mouse/keyboard combo for your theater,
    like I did, gmote is a very valid answer, especially since it does both mouse and
    keyboard anyway. Less "fumbling" too, with no juggling the keyboard on your lap
    and the mouse/trackball on the sofa arm.

    {Back to OP now :).}
    FTP servers work too and are technically smoother anyway since you'll have the
    full video file at hand and won't have to deal with finicky bandwidth chopping up
    the video you're trying to play back. Just wait 5 minutes to have the video download
    to the sdcard and no more flakiness.

    All this assumes you have wifi access to stream or download, such as a coffee shop
    or hotel, or 4g. If you want to stream movies over 3g, forget it. Just use FTP in that
    situation and wait 15 minutes or so and save yourself *several* hair clumps.

    Seriously.

    It's a Murphy's law variant that deals with bandwidth stuttering versus on-screen
    tense moments in an inverse proportional relationship. The tenser the moments
    in the movie the less bandwidth you will have. It's... Not... Worth... It.

    While Orb does a remarkable job of re-encoding on the fly and serving up a decent
    stream over 3g, the sputtering will kill you. It's not Orb's fault. The problem is you
    keep blowing out the buffer from losing 3g bandwidth. It's just too flaky.

    Lastly, I've heard that VLC may be able to stream too. Besides being directly
    controllable (after a rather technical setup period) ala gmote, I seem to remember
    reading somewhere that it can re-encode and stream like Orb can and may be
    better/smoother with your particular equipment. It's a more mature product so
    it may work better for you.

    HTH;
    --Dietche

    P.S. If you just wish to stream audio over 3g, 4g or wifi, that's *easy* as there
    are at least a dozen solutions for that, including compression free high-def audio
    ones. It's video of even remotely decent quality that's the beeotch, to be clear.
    If you don't mind watching less than VHS quality, then, sure, that's easy too.
     
  8. dietche

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    TVersity

    I guess I'll have to put TVersity through it's paces now. I'm also guessing,
    based on your experiences, that the 3g in my area must suck worse than
    I thought in my prior post, at least compared to yours.

    The reason I say that is because it didn't seem like it mattered when I did
    all my testing if I was stationary or mobile, or even what city I was in, I was
    never able to get reliable streaming on 3g. However, I've since changed ROMs
    and had several PRL updates (which does seem to matter, contrary to what
    that "official" Verizon post said about it, especially when I am not on my home
    antenna tower) so I'm hoping I may now get better results.

    See, I do this mostly for the kids. I have oodles of TV shows and movies for
    them on the media server, but when we get in a rush to get to the doctor's
    appointment that we seem to be always late for, and I forget to preload
    something, or don't have the time to do the preload, it's really handy to be
    able to snag a movie or TV show for them on the fly to pass the time in the
    waiting room. We go to a LOT of doctor appointments and as such having a
    new movie or new TV show always on tap is really damned handy.

    But, no, I haven't tested TVersity versus Orb yet either. Thanks for the tip.
    --Dietche
     
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