XBMC, which stands for Xbox Media Center, provides a free and open source media centre solution that you can install in Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems. It can also run as a portable application and supports almost all popular video file formats and over 30 languages. Sending URLs to XBMC requires a Firefox plug-in called XBMCFox that allows you to control XBMC for onscreen playback and video control.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Computer with XBMC installed
- Second computer
- Firefox 3 or newer
Start XBMC on the first computer and navigate to the "Settings" menu and select "Network". Select "Enable webserver/Allow control of XBMC via HTTP".
Set the port setting at 80; this should be the default setting.
Create a username and password in the specified fields to restrict access to the application.
Check the option for "Allow programs on other system to control XBMC".
Go back to the XMBC home page and right click "Settings". Click "System Info" and write down the IP Address.
Open Firefox on the second computer and install the modified XBMCFox add-on.
Click "Tools", select "Add-ons" then select "Extensions". Right click on XBMCFox and select "Preferences". Enter the IP address of the computer with XBMC installed.
Go to the desired website with media links and copy the URL from the address bar.
Right click on "Play in XBMC" in the Firefox add-on, paste the link and click "OK".
Tips and warnings
- Check compatibility of any unreviewed Mozilla Firefox addons before installing them.
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