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Netrix 11-23-2010 07:06 PM

Remote Zune v1.2
Name: Remote Zune
Version: 1.2
Author: Netrix
License: Free to distribute (Remote Zune), GNU LGPL v2.1 (DevIL/ILU)

Remote Zune is an application that allows users to remotely access and control their PC, either through a LAN connection, or through the Internet. It currently supports left-click (and drag), right-click (and drag), double left-click, basic keyboard input, panning, and zooming. The area of the screen that is sent to the Zune is indicated by a red, flashing box.

-Fixed saving of key to act as Enter key.
-Improved refresh rate.

How to use:
Run deploykit.exe in the Deploy Kit folder to deploy Remote Zune to your Zune, then unplug your it from your computer. After your Zune reboots, run Remote Zune. You will need to connect to an access point unless it does it automatically.

If it is the first time you are running Remote Zune on your Zune, when your Zune is connected, it will prompt you to choose a character to be Enter. Since there is no Enter key on the Zune's single-line onscreen keyboard, a chosen character will perform the function of the Enter key. The character that you choose will be remembered and you will not be automatically prompted again. The default character is 'ñ'. It can be entered by holding down on the 'n' character, then choosing it.

Run Remote Zune (PC).exe (Remote Zune (PC-XP).exe if you have Windows XP) on your PC, and click "Connect". When you want to access your PC with your Zune over the Internet, choose the Internet radio button before clicking "Connect". After a couple seconds, it should display "Waiting for a Zune to connect." If a Windows Firewall message prompts you to allow or deny network access, choose "Allow access".

On your Zune, choose Local (LAN) if your Zune is connected to the same network as your PC, otherwise choose Internet, then enter the IP address or host name of the network that your PC is on and the port number.

More details are below, if needed.

When choosing the LAN option, it should automatically connect to your PC, as long as the Remote Zune program is running on it (displaying "Waiting for a Zune to connect.") and it is connected to the same network as your Zune. If your Zune is unable to connect to your PC despite the above conditions being satisfied, see "Troubleshooting" below.

To connect over the Internet, you will need to know the external IP address of the network that your PC is connected to, or use a service such as DynDNS to create a subdomain that directs to your network. You can find what your external IP address is by going to www.showip.com. Using a subdomain is better because you would then be able to enter an easy to remember name instead of an IP address, and your IP address would be updated in case it changes. Many routers offer this functionality in their settings.

In addtion, you will need to use a port that is forwarded to your PC. The default port is 50000, which is probably not forwarded already. If you do not know how port forwarding works, learn about it here: PortForward.com - Port Forwarding Guides Listed by Manufacturer and Model

If your Zune can not connect to your PC, turn Windows Firewall off temporarily if it is on (as well as any other firewall programs you may have running), as it might be blocking the connection.

If it still does not work, check your network adapters and see if you have any VMWare, Hamachi, or other similar adapters. Try disabling all of your network adapters except for the one you are using to connect to your router (such as "Wireless Network Connection" or "Local Area Connection").

If you still have issues, explain in a post.

Quick tap: Left-click
Double-tap: Double-click
Double-tap + hold: Left-click and drag
Tap + hold: Right-click
Tap/tap + soft drag: Move mouse
Tap + hard drag: Pan view
Pinch/Stretch: Zoom
Three touches: Set zoom to 100%
Keyboard button: Show keyboard.

The difference between a "soft" and "hard" drag is that the soft is done with the tip of the finger, and the hard is done with the flat part of the finger (though not too much of it, otherwise it will jump around randomly).

For right-clicking, you tap and hold, however it will not automatically release, which means that the right mouse button will be held until you lift your finger up. This allows right-click + drag.

While zooming when a part of the view window is outside of the edge of the display, the view will not stretch exactly the way it should. It does not affect the actual zooming. To fix the issue, simply zoom well within the dimensions of the display. Also, if you pan the view past a certain amount outside the edge of the display, it will wrap around to the opposite edge of the screen. This is intentional.

Yet to come:
Password authentication
More keyboard functionality
Multi-touch support
Multiple monitor support

Remote Zune v1.2.zip

If you think my work deserves a monetary reward, money can be sent to me through PayPal to mr.netrix+paypal@gmail.com or just click the button below. It would be greatly appreciated, but certainly not expected.


Beausiph 11-23-2010 07:08 PM

Awesome work! I love this app :)

Arfy 11-23-2010 07:09 PM

This is awesome! Great job Netrix! :)

Food 11-23-2010 07:17 PM

woah, very nice +rep :thumbsup:
i have to spread it around before i can give it to you again :stare:

Netrix 11-23-2010 07:20 PM

I added a description of what "soft" and "hard" means, as well as more detail about right-clicking.

MandaNick 11-23-2010 07:30 PM

Way to go Netrix!! This looks great!

Netrix 11-23-2010 07:41 PM

If someone makes a good screenshot or video, I will add it to the first post.

Scott1220 11-23-2010 07:41 PM

Im going to try this now, thank you very much Netrix.

Newbkilla 11-23-2010 07:50 PM

So THIS is the surprise ;D

torch3r 11-23-2010 08:16 PM

Wow this sounds awesome. Unfortunately the wireless network i am on will not let me remote connect (college campus) :/ Would really like to see a video if the app in action!

Netrix 11-23-2010 08:17 PM


Originally Posted by torch3r (Post 539869)
Wow this sounds awesome. Unfortunately the wireless network i am on will not let me remote connect (college campus) :/ Would really like to see a video if the app in action!

You could try choosing the Internet option and putting in the local IP address of your PC.

blweldon2 11-23-2010 08:28 PM

Wow this is amazing! Great job!!! :)

torch3r 11-23-2010 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by Netrix (Post 539870)
You could try choosing the Internet option and putting in the local IP address of your PC.

good idea, but it still won't connect. It's a very closed network so I wasn't expecting it to work from the beginning. I'll be at my parent's house for the holiday. I'll give it a try there.

xboxplayer91 11-23-2010 09:06 PM

I am having a weird problem, I seem to have a successful connection (the red box appears and after some blind mashing I could enter text on my computer with it) but the zune screen is totally black. If I i mess with it enough I can eventually get the keyboard to show up, the mouse works and text can be entered. I have tried LAN and internet. It also says I am running it for the first time even after restarting the app.

Edit: works now after resetting the computer and the zune, but it still said I was using it for the first time.

Mario222 11-23-2010 09:16 PM

This is so cool! I was starting to look into making the Zune mouse app but this is 100 times better and the mouse app is extremely out of my programing range.

Adretheon 11-23-2010 09:18 PM

For those of you with large screens, you may wanna lower your resolution when running this. It makes it a lot easier to use.

I guess this will be a good work around to getting flash. Cept it's laggy with no sound. Still, I'm very impressed.

Estix The Roman 11-23-2010 10:09 PM

I have a problem. I cannot connect. I've tried on 2 different computers on the same LAN, disabled Windows Firewall and Avast!, and disabled extra network adapters. I think it's my router. I have a Netgear WGR614v8. Any ideas?

Netrix 11-23-2010 10:36 PM

Try changing "launch: never" to "launch: always" in application.cfg. You can edit it with Notepad or Wordpad. It will make it so when you deploy it, it will be launched in XNA mode, which for some reason causes it to work on my router.

Xer0 11-23-2010 10:39 PM

Lord Netrix strikes again huh :)
way cool

Estix The Roman 11-23-2010 10:54 PM

Tried that; no help.

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