RTV Remote Commander
RTV Remote Commander (RTVrc) provides a web-based
remote control for ReplayTV® digital video recorders. With
RTVrc running on a computer with broadband Internet access, you can log
in from any computer with a net connection and schedule/modify
recordings on your DVR.
What you need to support RTVrc
- A ReplayTV 5xxx series DVR with software v5.1
- A photo partition on the ReplayTV
- Sun Java 1.4
- Password protection for remote access
- Automatically converts bitmap from ReplayTV to JPEG for faster
- Can resize screenshot to 1/4 size for smaller screen or faster
- Source code included (GPL license)
There is no installer for RTVrc. Just extract
the .zip file to a convenient location on your hard drive.
First, edit the rtvrc.cfg file located in the RTVrc
directory with a text editor. Read the README.txt file for details
about the specific settings in the configuration file. Next, edit replays.txt
and put in a name and IP address, separated by a comma, for each RTV you want
to control. RTVrc runs
in a command prompt/terminal window, there is no GUI. To start
RTVrc, start a terminal or command window, cd to the directory
containing RTVrc, and run "java RTVrc" (case counts!) Windows
2000/XP users can also try double-clicking the "start.bat" file located
in the RTVrc directory. If the batch file fails to run, try the
command line version. To stop RTVrc, press ctrl-c on the keyboard.
After RTVrc is running, bring up a web browser.
Go to http://127.0.0.1:1234/ (replace 1234 with the port you chose
in the rtvrc.cfg file.) You should be asked to log in, after doing
so you can choose which Replay to control. Depending on how busy
the Replay is, the screenshot may take up to 30 seconds to appear. Don't try to update the screenshot without
waiting for the previous update to finish - doing so has the potential
to lock up the Replay web server and will require a soft boot (hold
power button 10 seconds) to work again.
If you can connect, log in, and control the Replay
with the above IP address, you should also be able to use the IP
assigned to your computer. Finding your local IP depends on your
O/S and network configuration. If you have a firewall/router
(Linksys, Netgear, SMC, etc.) your IP will probably be in the format
192.168.1.xxx. This IP will work only within your home network.
If you want to access RTVrc through the Internet,
you must forward a port on your firewall/router to the PC running RTVrc.
If RTVrc is running on port 1234, you will probably want to
forward port 1234 from the Internet to port 1234 of the PC running
RTVrc. The specifics for this procedure vary by brand, check your
firewall/router documentation. After this is done, you need your
Internet IP address. It should be displayed in the router
configuration somewhere, otherwise a simple way is to check the IP Chicken. You might also
use a dynamic DNS service to more easily keep track of your computer,
try a search
for "dynamic dns" to find a number of options.
After you have the port forwarded and know your Internet IP
address, RTVrc will be available from anywhere on the Internet as
http://[internet IP]:1234/. Note that the Internet IP may not work
from inside your network if your firewall/router doesn't support local
If you choose to have RTVrc available through the
Internet, you should understand the risk involved with running any
network service on your computer. Also note that the
username/password is not encrypted as it is sent, don't choose the same
name/password you use for any secure transactions.
The biggest limitation is caused by the ReplayTV
software. When you click 'select' on the Channel Guide and Replay
Guide screens, the Replay software will register two button presses.
See my list of limitations caused by this bug.
The other feature which does not work is the shortcut keys.
Normally you can press ch+/ch-, ffw/rew, IR/QS in Replay and Channel guide to
skip pages/categories. These shortcuts don't work remotely.
You can check and file bugs and feature requests on
Check the README and CHANGELOG for the latest information
The AV Science Forum ReplayTV
area is the best place to ask for help for anything ReplayTV
related. Please search for an answer to your question before
filing a bug report. Chances are good someone else has had the
same problem and may have a solution.
Possible Future Plans
I'm not sure how many of these will happen, but here
are some ideas of what may come in the future:
- Single JAR file for simpler installation/execution
- Web based configuration
- Text entry for sending text to the Replay
Some links to related items:
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