Monday, May 26, 2014

Setting Up Remote Potato - Windows Media Center HTPC Build - Part 11

Going to talk about a nice addon software for WMC called RemotePotato. It let you record, manage recordings, use guide, and most importantly STREAM your shows in browser or on your phone.

1. Download Remote Potato Server software here (be sure to get the correct addon for windows 8 or windows 8.1)

2. Run installer

3. Open up Remote Potato. You can run through setup wizard for do it manually.

4. Under General tab you can select what media you want to share. I only use this app for WMC and Recorded TV. I chose to start remote potato server with Windows. You can create a name and add themes. (Note I chose to show expert settings)

5. Under TV Guide tab you can choose from many options. I chose to show favorite channels only (went and favorited HD channels so I don't see SD channels). If you have setup my channel logos (see my previous post) it will integrate nicely with remote potato. You can also set default recording options here.

6. Under Channels tab you can select favorites. Be sure to hit Save Changes.

7. Under Mobile tab you can select which mobile browsers become compatible. I left default as I use iPhone.

8. Under Advanced tab you can select default streaming quality (you can manually select later). I left everything default.

9. Advanced (WMC) tab lets you choose channel rows per page and how much time to left of guide. You can choose what you want here and play with the settings to your liking.

10. Now that your done with settings you need to find out how to connect to server with phone apps or online browser. At first page you can select option to find out how to connect.

Be sure to take note of ports and addresses for both local and remote!

11. Now onto the iOS app. I got the newest Remote Potato 2014 as its required to upgrade. (I am not a fan of this practice of updating and app, calling it something new, and charging more money for exact same thing). They have a monopoly on the market so if you want streaming, you don't have any choice. 

12. Click the + and add your servers with the information in step 10. I created two of them, one for local and one for remote.

13. Successful connection

14. Main menu screen

15. Click Browse EPG Grid. This is one of my two big gripes with this software. Processing Grid information is ridiculous. They need to fix this. It takes forever. If you use the Ceton Media Center app you will see the right way to do this. Thats why I only use this app for streaming.

16. EPG Grid.

17. Clicking on a show. To stream a show you must first select to record show. Then go to recordings and stream it from there.

18. Started recording

19. Recorded TV in Videos Tab

20. EPG Settings. I chose to show favorite channels only along with Faster EPG because its already too slow. I would also recommend Pre-fetch EPG data in advance to speed it up.

21. Browse Chaannels

22. Movies

23. Children's

24. Sports

25. News

26. Documentaries (didnt work for me)

27. Scheduled Recordings

28. Clicking on show you should see option to Stream now in recorded TV

 29. Options when you select to stream. This will depend on internet speeds. I can do Near-HD quality at home with wifi on iPhone (I have cox 50MB/s speeds with 5.0GHz Wireless N).

My second grip with software is remote streaming. Not sure who's at fault but it just doesnt work very well. I am on 4G LTE Verizon in Phoenix with full bars and I can barely get consistent stream with low settings.

Sample screenshot with local streaming at near-HD quality

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Setting Up Ceton Media Center software for Ceton Cablecard Tuner - Windows Media Center HTPC Build - Part 10


If you use ceton tuner they have an excellent app for iOS to manage recordings and search shows. This guide will show you how to set up software for windows and iOS.

This app does not let you watch live streaming. However, I much prefer searching and managing recordings with this over remotepotato so I use ceton media center to schedule recordings and remotepotato to stream the shows.

UPDATE: Not sure why but this app still works when I went back to HDhomerun Prime. I am not sure if you must first setup Ceton then switch to HDhomerun or if this will work with HDhomerun out of the box.

1. Download software here

2. Run through installer

3. Open My Media Center (Ceton Companion)

4. Under Library tab you can add your movie library

5. Television tab says coming soon

6. Under advanced tab you can select if you want metadata for xbmc and WMC and also options to rename titles.

7. Under artwork subtab you can donwload artwork

8. Under DVD you can create metadata for DVD's inserted

 9. Under network you can enter credentials for remote libraries as well as network discovery. This is where you need to port forward the ports you select on your router. It also lists your internal and external ip to input into iOS app.

10. Under other there is option to enter your threads per processor as well as cache for TV

11. The diagnostic tab in about section is helpful to make sure everything is working on server end before going to iOS app.

12. Now onto iOS app. First download the app

13. You will be prompted to scan library. It should pull up automatically unless you have firewall.

14. Click on blue arrow next to your computer. Name your PC. Input internal IP with port (I would recommend setting up fixed IP in router settings. Also include your external IP if you want to remotely connect. Scroll down and input your MAC address for computer. You can test wake on lan here (if you have it set up properly to do so). Later there is option to auto wake computer when starting app at home (won't work remotely). 

15. Now click on settings in top right corner. You are able to choose from many options. I recommend selecting default channel. I chose to start in the HD section so I didnt have to scroll each time I started. I also selected HD only as those are the only channels I watch.

Scroll down for more settings. Notice under Misc Settings is where I selected WoL When Connecting to auto wake up computer when starting app. (I really wish Plex would integrate this feature).

Some examples of Upcoming Recordings and Recent Recorded

Television Tab

TV Gallery



Premieres - Very handy for finding new tv shows

Recorded Television

Scheduled Recordings

Series Management

Settings when selecting series under Series Management


Movies on Tonight - Really nice if you have HBO

New + Upcoming

Best Sellers


Remote - Works but definitely wouldnt use this as physical remote works much better