November 17, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Logitech Revue set-top box has several apps for Google TV and a browser to consume online video. But there’s one app in particular, the Logitech Media Player, that may be of particular interest to customers who have a large library of music, photos, or videos stored on their PC.
Media Players streams music, video, and photos from your computer to your Logitech Revue box. At the moment, not all formats are supported and there may be playback errors with certain containers not being supported or audio unavailable. In fact, not even all files are discovered during the initial scan.
However, Media Player can be a good way to play some media files in the mean time. Here’s how to stream from PC to Logitech Revue with a Windows 7 PC.
Section 1: Ready the PC
Open the Computer program and right-click your main drive; it’s typically labeled as the “OS C:” drive
Right-click and select “Share With > Advanced Sharing” and then open the Advanced Sharing section.
Click the “Network and Sharing Center” link and make sure the following options are selected:
Turn on network discovery
Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public Folders
- Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections (recommended)
Note: You may also want to make sure that your Wi-Fi network is encrypted (requires a password) just to be on the safe side.
Click “Choose media streaming options” and set the Show Devices on menu to list All networks. Scroll down and make sure Logitech (or “Unknown Device”) is allowed. Press “Ok”
Go back to the folder view and set share properties. This time, use the “Share With” button on the navigation pane, as seen here:
Select Share With > Homegroup (Read) for each folder you plan to share. There may be some subfolders that you don’t want to share. If that’s the case, open those folders and choose Share With > Nobody.
Section 2: Scan for Files
- Navigate to Applications > Logitech Media Player. A list of open computer tied to the network will appear. Your computer must be on in order for this to work.
- A list of Networked Sources will appear showing all the available devices. Select your PC.
- If you get a “Logitech Revue is not authorized to access this server…” message, you may need to do more to authorize sharing. Your PC may automatically notify you that a device is trying to access the network. Click on the prompt and grant access.
Otherwise, you should see a list of media file types to scan. Media Player can be very slow, especially with large libraries, so get use to seeing “Loading screens.” With a little patience and luck, you’ll be streaming media from the PC to your TV.