Getting the MediaBrowserRC app working
N.B. Before starting, ensure you have uninstalled all occurrences of MBWebService that you have previously installed, and download all the latest versions of everything. ENSURE MEDIA BROWSER HAS BEEN CONFIGURED AND INITIALISED BEFORE TRYING TO INSTALL.
Installing the Web Service
- Download the latest MediaBrowserRC.
- Run the MediaBrowserWS installer you just downloaded
- Once installed, it should bring up a welcome screen with confirmation that the service has installed properly.
- Test accessing the same page from another machine/device on your network, by replacing “localhost” with the IP address of the machine running the service in the URL. (From this page you can access the web app for MediaBrowser). This ensures your Windows Firewall rules are set up correctly. If this doesn’t work, try turning off your Windows Firewall temporarily to ensure this is the problem. If you are then able to access the URL from another device once the Windows Firewall is disabled, check this youtube video, for instructions on adding a firewall hole. You’ll need to open both ports 40599 and 40600.
If you are having issues with running the service:
- Enable logging in the web service (Start –> mediabrowserWS-RC –> Server Configuration)
- Repeat steps to reproduce problem
- Look in logs (%ProgramData%\MediaBrowser\MediaBrowserWS\Logs) to try and help troubleshoot why you’re having issues.
Since MB 2.3 the WebService plugin runs in the MediaBrowser service, so the webservice is accessible even when Media Center isn’t open.
Installing the Android application
- Install the apk on the device (Android 2.2+). (this is still a private beta, so the apk isn’t openly available yet)
- Load up the application, hit menu –> Add server.
- Type in the name of the machine or IP Address, click ‘Save’
You should now be able to browse your MediaBrowser library from your phone and select media to play on your TV :)
[thanks to adgrimes for his initial install guide, I’ve updated it to be more current]