Rudeo Control: How to Remotely Control a Music Collection via a Pocket PC
I am the epitome of an audiophile, and my music addiction has led me to amass a pretty massive MP3 collection. Consequently, I rarely find myself listening to CDs any more—my computer system has replaced my stereo system. The big problem of having a huge music collection is how to manage that collection, however. Finding a song can be pretty tedious, not to mention the labor of having to walk up to my PC and use my mouse and keyboard to find a song using Windows Media Player. In an effort to wirelessly manage and control my music, I stumbled on an application called Rudeo Control for Windows Media Player. Rudeo Control runs on a Pocket PC. If you have a Pocket PC with Wi-Fi connectivity (such as a Toshiba PocketPC e740) connected to your home wireless network, you can remotely control Windows Media Player 9 or 10 with Rudeo Control. In this article I’ll show you how to set up and use Rudeo Control for Windows Media Player to browse, manage, and control media on a host computer.
Rudeo Control for Windows Media Player costs $19.95. The makers of Rudeo let you play around with a somewhat crippled version of Rudeo that lasts for 14 days. The trial version should be enough to whet your appetite about Rudeo’s powerful offerings.
A Topological Overview
Figure 1 shows a topological overview of our project at hand. As you can see, Rudeo Control for Windows Media Player involves a client component that runs on the Pocket PC. This client component remotely manages and controls the media on a host PC that runs the server component of Windows Media Player.
Figure 1 A topological overview of the Rudeo process.