Ask LH: Can I Run Windows Media Player From My Android?

Hi Lifehacker, I use the in-built “play-to” feature of Windows 7 to stream music from my laptop to a little Roku unit I have hooked up to my hi-fi.Is there anything available for Android which would allow me to control this “play to” feature from my phone? I guess I’m looking for a Windows Media Player controller app, but one that supports the play-to feature. Other solutions welcome, of course. Thanks, Fed Up Getting Off My Couch


Using a mobile phone as a remote control is a natural and obvious application. Our roundup of remote apps for your Android includes several useful contenders which might solve your problem: the two that immediately jump out are Roku Remote and Unified Remote. The former obviously ties in with your existing hardware, and the latter includes support for controlling Windows Media Player. I don’t claim any particular experience in this area, so if readers have alternative solutions that have worked well in this scenario, please tell us in the comments.


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