The goal: using my laptop in the living room, physically connected to nothing but connected wirelessly to my home network, I want to access audio/video media on my network on my home entertainment system.
The laptop (soon to arrive) comes with Vista Home Premium, but I have an extra license for Vista Ultimate if using Remote Desktop is the answer. I may occassionally have something on my laptop that I want to get onto my TV/Stereo.
My primary desktop is set up down the hall in the den, running Vista Ultimate. The audio is already wired into my stereo via 30’ cables in the crawlspace. I can play my digital music collection on my stereo in the living room, but I have to walk down the hall to do it. The video card has 2 DVI outputs already in use, and also an unused S-Video output. I could run an S-Video cable through the crawlspace to my living room as well, into my stereo, and from there into my television. Most of what I want access to is on this computer (my music collection, a few home videos, streaming video from the Internet (Netflix).
If it helps, there’s a second desktop in the den as well, running XP.
I want to be able to sit on my lazy butt in the living room, with an untethered laptop (no cables running across my living room floor to the stereo/tv) and play my favorite songs on the stereo without having to go down the hall to select songs, hit play, pause, etc. I’d also like to be able to pick a movie from Netflix’s Watch Instantly collection and watch it on my TV, again without walking down the hall to select, play, pause, etc.
My first thought was to Remote Desktop into my main PC from the laptop and play my media, but I think that’ll just get my media to my laptop. My experience is that the remote session is a separate session, and doesn’t interact with the audio/video hardware on the host PC, and therefore that’s not going to get output to my stereo/tv. Is there a setting in the Remote Desktop software that will allow me to do this? If not, is there a way I can accomplish this?
Bonus points for being able to put a DVD into my laptop and view it on my TV (will happily share the DVD drive for access by my primary desktop), or for browsing the Internet on my laptop and viewing that on my TV.