X51 as HTPC

MattyB

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Mar 19, 2012
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Just a quick hypothetical question. What would I need to make an X51 into a dedicated HPTC? What software would be required? How would I go about using remotes. Any other recommendations would be appreciated.
I have never set an HTPC up before.
 

Maelstrom

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Feb 25, 2012
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Where would you go to get the remote for Windows Media Center and would that require a separate IR peripheral?

You wouldn't need a remote specifically for WMC just for the device in general. Most of the controls a standard remote has are replicated on a keyboard to begin with. Arrow keys, sound control, play/pause, fast forward, rewind. All you basically need is to have a wireless device that can send these signals.
 

DDuB420

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Good programs to use for your HTPC
Boxee,XBMC, and Plex

Do you own a smart phone?
Use that as a remote/keyboard and mouse. There are many apps that will let you achieve this.
I use RealVNC to remote into my HTPC from my iPhone. I have total control right from an easy UI on my iPhone 5/4S.
 

DDuB420

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If you choose to use RealVNC like I'am, you'll need to get 2 things...

1. The app on your iPhone
2. The app on your HTPC

Launch the app on the PC and let the built in server run in the background
Open the viewer app on your iphone while connected to the same network as the HTPC
Connect using the HTPC's IP address and whatever password you set in the VNC setup

To get more advanced...
You can open a port on your router (ie 5933), set a port forward of the IP of your HTPC to your open port.
On the VNC server settings, set the server to listen on that port you opened.
Use a whatsmyip .com website to find your routers external IP.
With your iPhone on 3G/LTE, open the VNC app
Connect to the HTPC from your carriers network by using the routers external IP and your port (ex. 66.208.45.234:5933 )
Now you can access it from anywhere that your cell has signal. :cool: