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Tutorial: MCE/HTPC Control

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014 03:19PM EDT

Tutorial Summary

This tutorial covers how to control a Windows Media Center HTPC using the MCEController application.

  1. Download MCE Controller.
  2. Run the installer for MCE Controller.
  3. Continue the installation.
  4. Do not launch MCEController after the installation is complete.
  5. Download attachment from this tutorial.
  6. Download the iRule MCE Controller modified commands.
  7. Extract the zip file of the commands.
  8. Select Browse to navigate to the location.
  9. Find the location of MCE Controller and click OK.
  10. Click Extract.
  11. Replace the existing file.
  12. Verify the new commands.
  13. Launch the iRule Builder.
  14. Browse devices.
  15. Search for the MCE Controller device.
  16. Import the MCE Controller.
  17. View the imported device in the tree.
  18. Drag and drop the commands.
  19. Save project.
  20. Define Gateway.


Step One: Download MCEController

Download the MCEController utility at http://tig.github.com/mcecontroller/


Step Two: Install MCEController

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After the MCEController utility is downloaded, double click on the installer to begin installation on the HTPC you wish to control.














 

Step Three: Continue Installation

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Step through the installation using the Next buttons.















Step Four: Finish Installation

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After the installer completes, uncheck the boxes to Run the MCE Controller and the readme (feel free to read the file but it is not part of this tutorial). Click Finish to complete the installation.













Step Five: Download attachment


Attached to this tutorial is an updated mce control with a back command that was missing in previous versions. 













Step Six: Finish Installation

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Download the MCE Controller Modified Commands.















Step Seven: Extract Zip File

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Right click on the MCEControl.zip file select the Extract All from the drop down list. In this tutorial we are using Windows 7 but this will work with Vista and Windows XP as well.













Step Eight: Browse for Location

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Click on the Browse button to find the location of the MCE Controller utility on your computer.













Step Nine: Find Location

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Navigate the tree to the MCE Controller folder within the Kinder Systems folder. This is typically found under the C:\program files directory. Click OK to proceed.













Step Ten: Extract

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After the correct location is defined, click on the Extract button to proceed.













Step Eleven: Replace Existing File

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Select the Replace option to overwrite the existing commands file.















Step Twelve: Verify

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Verify that the new MCEControl.commands file has replaced the old file by reviewing the Date modified.














Step Thirteen: Launch iRule Builder

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Launch the iRule Builder at http://builder.iruleathome.com and expand the Panel that will control the HTPC.














Step Fourteen: Browse Devices

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Click on the Devices tab and select the Browse devices from the actions menu.














Step Fifteen: Search Devices

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The MCE Controller devices can be found by searching for Vender: kindel and Device Type: MCE PC.














Step Sixteen: Import Device

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Check the box next to the name of the Device and click on the Import button to add the Device into the iRule Builder.














Step Seventeen: View Device

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After the Device is imported, expand the Network Codes to show the available commands.














Step Eighteen: Drag and Drop Commands

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Drag and drop the commands to the buttons. This step is repeated for every button.













Step Nineteen: Save Project

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Click on the Save button to save your project after the interface has been configured. You are now ready to sync to the iRule app.














Step Twenty: Define Gateway

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In the iRule app, after the sync is complete add a new Network Gateway. Assign the MCE Controller Device to the Gateway. Rename the Gateway to something that is descriptive. Assign the IP address of the HTPC running the MCE Controller utility. Set the Port to 5150 unless you manually modified the port.

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