Friday, December 14, 2012

Remote control your desktop with android phone

Gmote is a powerful program which allows your anddroid  phone to act as a remote control for your Linux desktop.  Gmote provides all standard remote control features such as play, pause, rewind, volume controls etc.  

Gmote can also be used as a wireless Touchpad and keyboard, allowing you to control your computer at distance.   Gmote has  the ability to stream music from your computer to your phone!
 Gmote has to be set up both on your computer and on your android phone.
Here are the steps.

Setting up the Gmote Server on PC

The Gmote Server requires the Java JVM version 1.6 or higher.
To determine your java version, go to terminal and type 'java -version'.
You can download the latest JVM from

On the computer you wish to control, download and install the appropriate package for your Ubuntu Linux system - here, after successful installation, open the terminal and type following command:

tar -zxvf GmoteServerLinux2.0.0.tar.gz
cd GmoteServerLinux2.0.0/
On starting you'll see a password prompt. This allows you to set a password so that only you can connect to the server from your phone. You'll be asked to enter this password once on the phone as well. You can change your password later by right clicking on the Gmote server icon (task bar) and selecting 'Change password'.

Finally Gmore server will get started on port 8889, make sure to adjust your firewall rules accordingly to allow connection on port 8889.

Setting up the Gmote Client:
The installation process for client is fairly simple. From your Android handset, download and install the Gmote client.
You need wifi or 3G connectivity between your phone  and PC.
 Launch Gmote from your phone, select the server to connect to, and enjoy. 

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