View Full Version : Newbie question - where to start?

November 11th, 2009, 06:36 AM
I am new here, after an hour of reading manuals I'm a bit confused:

I have HTPC connected to home network (both wired and wireless), and I also have Pronto 9600 remote.

I would like to control via network only few operations of my HTPC, including

- power on/off (via LAN wakeup for example)
- start of specific applications (Total Media Theater for blu-ray playback, MPC-HT and Media Portal for movies)
- will probably add some more..

Overall, I want to have a screen inside my Pronto that will be mapped to some network packets, I can program with ProntoScript.
I am not interested in IR/RS232 communication

thanks in advance

Rob H
November 11th, 2009, 06:51 AM
Well, for a start you need to be in the Girder forum, not the NetRemote one.

You'll need a supported IR receiver of some kind to let the Pronto talk to Girder, I would suggest the USB-UIRT as that definitely lets you wake the PC from standby.

November 11th, 2009, 06:54 AM
But I do not want to control the PC with IR.. only via Ethernet
Pronto 9600 has Wi-Fi and I would like to send simple packets to HTPC directly.. or to my Windows Server 2008, which is always on, to control the HTPC

Rob H
November 11th, 2009, 07:02 AM
Hmmm... not sure that anyone has done this yet, but it might be possible using Prontoscript. You'd need to write a simple server app in Girder that listens to a TCP port. Providing you can send the relevant magic packet from the Pronto you should be able to wake the HTPC (this bit wouldn't involve Girder).

November 11th, 2009, 07:14 AM
Which Girder version do I need? Can I use standard edition for that?
Could you refer me please to the relevant documentation to evaluate complexity of the task?
I am software engineer so I assume I can handle given sufficient documentation and examples..

thanks again

Rob H
November 11th, 2009, 10:20 AM
I think you need Girder 5 Pro for that.

You may want to take a look at this thread which does something similar for AMX/Crestron - the principles should be pretty much the same. It's a bit old, and refers to Girder 4 so there is almost certainly a better way of doing it using the new new transport plugin


There are examples of using the transport plugin in the help file/manual