We often receive comments stating that our software is not working with some media servers. For several servers we have checked that it is in fact working. One example is Windows Media Player 12, which is verified to work but often claimed to not do. Therefore we had the idea to provide some howtos on how to configure the app and the servers. Although most routers support multicast today, please note that UPnP might not be able to run on your home network at all due to lack of multicast support in some (rare) routers. The following procedures have been verified with Windows Media Player 12 under Windows 7. However, using Windows Media Player as a media server also works with Windows Media Player 11 under Windows XP. Remote Controling Windows Media Player 11 is unfortunately not possible via UPnP under Windows XP.
How do I stream music from my SD card to my (friend’s) Computer?
Ever happened that at your friends home and you had this cool new music on your phone and wanted it share with your friend? You could easily play it on the phone, letting your friend embrace the full quality of your phones speakers… Or you could use the computer of your friend to play it back, since he has hooked his computer to his shiny new hifi system. Unless, you forgot your transfer cable, to transfer the files… However, with our app, it’s possible to stream the file directly to your friend’s computer using his wifi.
Make sure your phone and your friend’s computer are connected to the same network. Grab the newest version (at least version 1.2) from the Android Market (or other websites) and install it on your Android device. As soon as you start the application you will see the media files from your SD card have already been imported into the application. That’s it, your device is ready to stream the music. Now only a little configuration is needed in Windows Media Player 12. Open it and look for Stream > Allow remote control of my player (see left picture). Confirm your choice in the popup that follows, by choosing Allow remote control in this network (see right picture).
After a few seconds you should be able to choose the Windows Media Player as a renderer for a song you select. If you send a song to the Player it should seamlessly start to play it. Thus it is an easy way to share your favorite music with others while sitting together with them.
How do I add the music from my Windows Media Player 12 to my collection?
Also this is quite easy to configure. Again, make sure your phone and your computer are on the same network. Open Windows Media Player and look at the Stream menu. If you see an option Automatically allow devices to play my media then activate it (see right picture) and confirm it with clicking on Automatically allow all computer and media devices in the popup. If you don’t see the aformentioned menu entry, click on Turn on media streaming… (see left picture) and confirm it also in the upcoming dialog. Afterwards, you should see the Automatically allow devices to play my media and should be able to enable it, if not already enabled.
Now start the UPnP-AV Controlpoint on your device and after a few seconds, the server should be visible in the Media Server list. Use the automatic configuration feature to select the proper container, or search it manually using manual configuration. Afterwards the audio should get imported into your collection and you should be able to play it back, on the device as well as on other UPnP Renderers in your network.