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Remote control client to control XBMC media center via Windows Phone
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XBMCRemoteWP

The ultimate XBMC Windows Phone remote.

For Users

If you just want to enjoy your media, these steps should get you running.

Set up the server
This is a short version XBMC setup. If you are interested in knowing all the small details, you may follow XBMC Quick Start Guide at the XBMC Wiki.

  • Download and install XBMC from XBMC download page for your preferred platform.
  • Navigate around and add some media.
  • Go to Settings>Webserver and check 'Allow control of XBMC via HTTP'. Here, you may set up the port, username and password to whatever you want.
  • Now, go to Settings>Remote control and check both the options, especially 'Allow programs on other systems to control XBMC'.

Set up the remote
This should be easy and fun!

  • Download the app from Windows Phone Store.
  • Tap the 'add connection' button in the app bar.
  • Remember the details you chose while setting up the server? Enter those details here and save the connection.
  • Tap on the connection and you are good to use the remote.

For Developers

Developers must follow the steps for users first. This section assumes that you have correctly set up the server and are able to control it using Windows Phone app.

Get the source code
If you just want to browse through, code is available at this GitHub repo. If you plan on contributing, you should clone the repo and follow along for the environment setup.

Set up the IDE
The project was set up using Visual Studio 2013 (Ultimate Edition). However, Windows Phone SDK should work too. You can obtain the latest version of SDK from the Windows Dev Center.
After you have installed the SDK, you should be able to open the project from source code you got in previous step.
Before building the solution for the first time, NuGet will need to download dependencies. If this doesn't happen automatically, you should explicitly tell NuGet to update all the packages the project depends on.

Build and run
Just hit the run button!

Troubleshooting

If you've followed all the steps above correctly, you shouldn't have any trouble. So, before jumping here, please make sure that you didn't miss anything out. If you still have some trouble, this should help you.

Phone won't connect to the server
Open Internet Explorer on the phone and navigate to server. Make sure you use the correct port. Example URL looks like http://192.168.0.10:8080.
If you are able to see the XBMC Web UI:

  • Go back to X. assist and double check your connection settings.
  • Make sure that you have entered the correct password.

If you are not able to see the XBMC Web UI:

  • Check the you have enabled webserver and remote access in XBMC settings.
  • Check if you can open the Web UI from any other computer on the local network. If not, you have bigger problems!
  • Check the your firewalls are not blocking anything.
  • If you are using XBMC server's host name, try using the local IP address instead.

Emulator won't connect to server
All the points in previous section are applicable here. You might want to go through following points in addition.

  • If you were thinking that localhost on emulator points to your host dev machine, think again. Emulator's localhost points to the emulator itself. If you want to access the host machine, use host machine's IP address.
  • Check that emulator's connections are configured correctly.

Miscellaneous Some random things, in no particular order.

  • If you want to make raw JSON-RPC calls and examine the output, you may use some sort of REST client. Postman is one excellent choice.
  • Everything is easier when you have a wireless router.
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