In a previous post Streaming Spotify to DNLA device over network, I managed to play Spotify on the laptop but stream the sound to my television or receiver over the network. This is only one example of the power of controlling devices that are connected to a network.
My setup is: Telenet modem is connected to:
- a switch, which is connected to two laptops
- a switch, which is connected to the Telenet digicorder; the Panasonic Vierra television and the Yamaha receiver
- an iPad (wireless)
Now, because my iPad is also connected to the network (wireless connection), this opens even more possibilities. In fact, I’m experimenting with ways to make my iPad the central remote device that controls every other device hooked on the network.
Using the iPad as remote control for the receiver
As a first example, it is possible to control the receiver using the iPad. First download the AV Controller for iPad application from the app store. If you start it, it will try to find a device connected to your network. In my case it finds the Yamaha RX-V771 receiver:
Select the device you want to control, and from this moment you are able to manipulate the device on your iPad from anywhere, as long as it’s connected to the network. For example, selecting the tuner will start playing the radio station:
Select DSP to decide the sound setting, in my case I have selected 7ch Stereo so that all 7 speakers are used:
You can even send music that’s on your iPad to the receiver!
Using the iPad as remote control for the television
To use the iPad as a remote control for the television, download the Viera Remote for iPad application from the app store. If you start it, it will try to find a connected Panasonic Viera television. In my case, it finds:
Select it, and now you can control your television on the iPad, for example changing volume or channel:
Or even show images from your iPad on the television:
Watching television on the iPad
Another example is Yelo, which is an offering of my internet provider Telenet. It allows you to watch television on any ‘smart’ device, like a laptop, iPhone, iPad etc, and also remotely program the digicorder:
These are the first of my experiments, and at this moment it’s still a bit limited; but as these remote applications will become more and more powerful, the possibilities will be fantastic!