How to Turn Your Computer Into the Ultimate Remote Access Media Server


Step 1

Install a wireless network card inside the server, or take the easier path and install a USB wireless adapter on the server. Powerful USB network adapters are available for under $100 so you do not have to sacrifice signal range for ease of installation. The installation instructions for your device will differ in some detail according to the manufacturer.


Step 3

Click “Start,” “Computer,” and right-click the “C:” drive. Select “New,” “Folder” and give the folder a meaningful name. Right-click the folder name and click “Properties,” “Share with” then “Specific people.” Click the dropdown arrow and select “Everyone.” Click “Share” to share the folder with everyone and click “Done” on the next window.

Step 2: Install It

Double click the .msi file you just downloaded, it will install, use the default settings, typical install (unless you want the source code, then do custom install). It should automatically fill in some form boxes with your DNS server name (in my case it was ) during the installation. for server name, put whatever you want, I don’t think spaces are allowed though. and make sure after your name you have (or whatever DNS name is). for email, put in your email (or don’t doesn’t matter much).

Step 5: Change the Webpage

Here’s an answer I gave to a comment a while ago asking how to change the webpage that pops up when you go to the localhost address. The default webpage that says “it works” is coded in a file called index.html. You can edit/replace the default index.html file in the folder ‘htdocs’ which is in your apache folder (wherever you installed it). If you want to work towards home automation you’ll need to look into how to code your webpage to access ports on your server (for instance a serial port). These ports can send out electrical signals to things outside of your computer (like robots and microcontroller), thereby allowing ‘home automation’. One way of doing this would be to use javascript invoked ActiveX (for instance see: After you’ve edited the index.html file you should be able to access that index.html from any other computer on the web by typing in your server’s IP address. If your ISP (internet service provider) uses static IP addresses you just type in the IP address every time to access your page. But if your ISP uses dynamic IP addresses you’ll need to look up your server’s IP address each time you disconnect/reconnect it to the web. There are free services that will do this for you: DNS2Go or .. Here are some useful references: