Guide: Stream movies to iPhone via WLAN and Internet - New EyeTV 2.5 (Mac only)
Elgato offers a free update 2.5 to their software EyeTV (http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file...updates_eyetv2) that allows "streaming" (its kind of sharing to be precise) of recorded TV shows via local WLAN to your iPhone and iPod Touch. You can access your library on the iPhone or iPod Touch and watch recorded over the local WLAN. Access works through accessing the Mac via MobileSafari on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Playlists are displayed aswell. You select with a fingertip and watch the movies.
Already tried it - its a boomer!
Plus - even though not supportet by Elgato - you can stream your recorded shows via internet and watch TV on a remote hotspot!!!
Here is a how-to
You need a Mac with EyeTV 2.5 and TV tuner hardware, either from Elgato or other supportet hardware. You need to have the full version of EyeTV (comes with all Elgato products). Download EyeTV 2.5 from Elgatos website and install it on your Mac. You should run a local WLAN and have the iPhone/iPod Touch integrated - eg you can surf the web aso.
1. Start EyeTV and goto "EyeTV"->"Preferences"->"Wi-Fi access".
2. Hit "Start" in the dialog. EyeTV asks, if you want to prepare all recorded shows for Wi-Fi access. Do not do that for now: EyeTV has to copy the recorded show in H.264 to make it accessible from iPhone and iPod Touch cause the recorded formats are not supportet. This may take days if you have hundrets of movies recorded like me. So hit "Don't prepare"
3. In EyeTV's main windows you will see a new checkbox named "Wi-Fi access". If you check the box, EyeTV starts to prepare that movie. In that process EyeTV creates a copy of the movie in H.264 and puts it into the movie package in your EyeTV archive. On older Macs it takes looong. I do have Elgato's Turbo.264 (Hardware acellerator for encoding), speeds up the process enormous. You should first give a short recording a try. EyeTV shows a checked box after finishing.
4. If you do not use the personal Firewall on your Mac, start Safari on your iPhone/iPod Touch and type
where 192.168.1.200 has to be replaced by the IP of your Mac! Enjoy the movies on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Explanation: EyeTV Wi-Fi access uses port 2170 for this sharing feature (its not streaming to be precise) so you need the ":2170" after the IP of your Mac.
5. If you are using the Mac firewall you first have to open that port. To do so open "System Preferences"->"Sharing"->"Firewall". Hit "New". In the dialog select "Other" in the pulldown-menu. In "TCP Port Number(s)" type 2170. In "UDP Port Number(s)" type 2170. In "Description" type anything you want eg "Wi-Fi Access" or "My movie theater" and then hit ok.
6. You are set, enjoy movies in any room of the house.
7. EyeTV 2.5 does not even have to run when using that feature, the Mac has to - of cause.
8. If Wi-Fi access is switched on, EyeTV automaticly prepares any movie you record from then.
9. If you are set, you may activate all the movies you wanna use from the iPhone/iPod Touch later on and let the Mac work. Again, Turbo.264 saves an enormous amount of time, but it works perfect without aswell.
Getting EyeTV set up the described way after a couple minutes and prepared a 15 minute news recording I wondered how to get this babe working over the Internet. tell you what: It works!!!
You need to prepare a couple things but it can be done in half an hour and you are set.
You need to have a good DSL- or cable-connection to the internet. The upload rate is the one that counts here. Mine is a flat internet access with 16 MBit/s down and 700 KBit/s up.
Internet-Providers usually dont give us fixed IP's. So every time you use the internet, you get a different one. For those having a flatrate and beeing online 24/7, the providers cut the line once a day, re-connect and give you a new IP. Cause that's not usable if you want to access from a remote hotspot, you have to use a free host- and domainname-service. (BTW same if you want your Webserver to be online and accessible via Internet).
Get a free account at dyndns.org or others (http://www.dyndns.org/). After getting the account you can choose a host- and domainname for your computer eg thenamexxxyyyzzyouchoosed.dyndns.org or so. You have the choice, they have many domains to choose from, hostname is free to be choosen then.
Dyndns matches the host- and domainname with the current IP of your Mac (or the router) you are using when choosing the hostname.
To let Dyndns know when your provider changes your IP you need a little piece of software, to be found at dyndns (support->client). The software, when installed on your Mac, informs dyndns whenever your IP is changed. So after installing, anyone in the world can access the services (including Wi-Fi access) you are allowing on your Mac via an URL like http://thenamexxxyyyzzyouchoosed.dyndns.org or others.
Some (WLAN-)routers provide Dyndns support. Check it and - if supported - type in your Dyndns setting in your router configuration (the one's you got when subscribing to the service together with the host- and domanname you selected). You don't need the mentioned software then.
If your router does not support Dyndns dirctly, install the software (see above) on your Mac and type in the dyndns data.
Assuming you got Wi-Fi access working in your local WLAN you now have to open the movie theater to the world - final step:
Your router should have a feature called "Port forwarding", look for it and activate. You have to forward port 2170 from your Mac to the router (same port).
After that the Wi-Fi access is a service the router provides to the world. The Internet can't "see" your private network or other services, just Wi-Fi access.
At a remote hotspot start iPhone or iPod Touch and type (replace with your dyndns-hostname of cause)
and enjoy the new "streaming"-feature
Get yourself a nice vaccation place with a hotspot and enjoy your movie collection.