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Q: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   6 Comments )
Subject: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: carefully-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 24 Apr 2002 14:44 PDT
Expires: 24 Apr 2003 14:44 PDT
Question ID: 3440
I have set up Windows Media Player to be my CD player in one room of the 
house.  This music is then distributed in every room in my house.  But I do 
not want to go to the PC room every time I want music in any room.  I would 
like a remote control that I can just hit some "play" key, and that causes 
the "play" button in WMP to play, and "stop" that causes WMP to stop.  

I have the PC connected to a stereo system that can be controlled by X10, but 
X10 cannot control PC software.
Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
Answered By: researcher-ga on 25 Apr 2002 15:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
An ATI Press Release describes the Remote Wonder, a product to suit
your exact needs!

"Take Control of Your Computer with ATI's REMOTE WONDER™
Available through ATI's website ( for (US) $49.99, the
radio-frequency (RF) remote control provides access to all the
multimedia functions of the ATI RADEON™ series graphics cards and
other Microsoft Windows-based computer programs.
Designed for full multimedia control, the wireless REMOTE WONDER works
through walls enabling users to maintain computer access while roaming
through their house, stage, boardroom or classroom eliminating the
need to point the remote directly at the receiver."

ATI's Remote Wonder's product page detailing product overview,
features, reviews and images

Note that this remote can only be purchased through ATI's online store
for $49.99.

Another possible solution is the RemotePoint RF from Interlink
Electronics. It does not detail whether or not it will integrate with
Microsoft Windows Media, but it may be worth investigating.

The product page says:
"Radio frequency wireless allows worry-free control PC-based
presentations from up to 100 feet (30 meters) away. Comfortable,
reliable and easy-to-use, RemotePoint RF eliminates the "line of
sight" limitations of infrared (IR) remotes controls."

It can be purchased from Interlink's store for $249.00.

Or find a cheaper price from a reseller at C|Net

An additional solution that may work is the PocketPoint RF from Mind
Path Technologies. This device works up to a range of 75 feet, is USB
and PS/2 compatible and runs on Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000. It
sells for $159 on their website and more information can be found at or on C|Net at

Additional information:

ZDNet: Remote Control Devices Reviews,4161,2454105,00.html

Search terms used:

rf OR fm remote computer
carefully-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
He is right.  This is a product that suits my exact needs.


Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
From: mvguy-ga on 24 Apr 2002 15:14 PDT
Try this Google search for a selection of remote controls:

Best wishes,
Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
From: mvguy-ga on 24 Apr 2002 15:59 PDT
My quick answer above was incomplete. If you want to use the remote in
a different room, you need an FM remote control. Following is a link
to one example. You could set up a infrared computer remote control,
then use the following device (or one like it) to learn the codes and
transmit them through walls.
Searching for "home automation" may provide some help in finding other
remote controls that work through walls.
Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
From: bookface-ga on 24 Apr 2002 22:00 PDT
Since you mentioned X10:

This here might be a good place to start looking at remotes in

You may want to look into a wireless keyboard/optical mouse
combination from Logitech:
Although it's a bit expensive, and the keyboard is a bit big for a
remote, it's got nice customizable one-touch buttons for media and
internet, the keyboard and mouse are both of great quality, they're
not battery hogs, and they have a pretty good range. I've been using
this set since it came out, and nothing in the way of input devices
could be handier to have, in my setup at least.
Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
From: gschmidl-ga on 25 Apr 2002 07:14 PDT
Windows Media Player may also not be the best choice of player as the
shortcuts it uses are awkward (Ctrl-P for play, etc.)

You may be better off with WinAmp (, which has
single-key commands.
Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
From: jim_lipsit-ga on 16 Nov 2002 11:37 PST
I'm big into home automation and I use a product that allows me to
control all my MP3's over my house phones (or mic's in my ceiling). 
It is Home Automated Living's Digital Music Center:

You can learn more about home automation on my personal website:

Take Care,

Jim Lipsit
Subject: Re: Remotely (multi-room) controlling Windows Media Player
From: therider-ga on 21 Apr 2004 07:53 PDT
We author software called PlayerPal.  It is a web based front-end for
Windows Media Player 9.  You can use it from a web browser on your
PC/laptop or a WiFi pocket PC (which you can get very cheap from

I use it at home to control all my music.  It has a Google like
interface and also lists your playlists.  For details check out our
site at  Currently PlayerPal is free so you
can try it out.

The software needs the Microsoft web server IIS (free with Win XP Pro,
Win 2000 and Win 2003).  However, in the future it will ship with a
web server.

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