A Simple Click Really Helps

Do you want to play a bunch of movies or music (however they are on a laptop in your bedroom) to your media center in the living room ? Have you ever find a good way to solve your problem? Here, I will show a great to play your digital files from one location to another which is share and stream digital media between computers on your home network in Windows 7.

Note: It will need to be running Windows 7 with Windows Media Player 12. In our example we will stream video from a computer running Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) to another machine running Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) which are part of the same Homegroup.

Setup Streaming

To open up the media streaming, type media streaming into the search box in the Start menu and select “Media streaming options”.

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Now type a name for the media library (you can type what you like), and click the “Allow All ” button to make sure all the computers on your network you want to have access are allowed.

Note: If both computers are part of a Homegroup, everything is shared by default anyway but you might want to double check. Or you might want to block certain computers from the streaming options.

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At the same time, you can also choose some custom settings if you want.

For instance, maybe you want certain computers to only have access to music or certain files with a particular rating. In this example we are opening everything up. But if you want to control what other users access, keep these settings in mind.

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Now in the Windows Media Player window, click on “Stream” then check “Automatically allow devices to play my media” in Library view.

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To be able to play content on one machine over to another we need to enable Allow remote control of my Player. This makes your computer to be a remote control of sorts.

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When the dialog box comes up then click “Allow remote control on this network” .

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Note: Since we are making everything wide open to all computers, we need to enable the above settings on both computers. If you have multiple computers on your network you can set them all up to share their libraries too.

Now when you go into Windows Media Player under the Library view you’ll see Other Libraries and will see the other computers on your network.

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Stream To a Machine

Now we comes to play video or music from the library of one machine to another machine.

Note: Make sure the machine you want to play the media to has WMP up and running in advance.

Firstly, right-click a media file and select “Play to” from the context menu then choose the machine to play it to. In this example we only have one other machine to choose from and playing an X-files episode from the library in WMP.

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Then you’ll see the “Play To” controller with the media listed. Here you can control the playback and volume.

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Now you can see the video starts playing through WMP on the other machine.

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Of course, you needn’t just limited to playing digital media from WMP either. Now we’re in a video directory where we have season 2 of Star Trek DS9. Select the episodes to play, right-click and “Play To…”

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Playing music files to another machine…

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Pictures is just as the above…

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Again you can switch the order of the files and skip to others from the Play To control .

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Certainly, you can simply drag and drop other files that you want to add into it as well.

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Note: If wireless speeds are too slow, just setup computers on the network wired with CAT5e cable wherever possible.

If you also have some questions after you read this article , you can visit the original article from:
http://www.pcwatch.com/Windows-7-tips/Share-and-Stream-Digital-Media-Between-Two-Computers-on-Your-Home-Network-in-Windows-7.html
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