If you’re looking for a super easy way to stream video from any computer in your house to you iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPod a great free tool is ZumoCast. Here we’ll show you how to set it up and what you can expect from it.
ZumoCast is free (for the time being) server software that will stream multimedia located on any PC or server on your home network over Wi-Fi. In fact if you have an iPhone, you can stream it over 3G as well.
1. Download & Install ZumoCast on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad from the iTunes App Store or directly from your device.
2. Head over to the ZumoCast Website to download and install the server software on any computer on your home network. It’s available for Windows, Linux, or Mac.
3. After installing the software on your machine you’ll be prompted to log in or create and account if you don’t already have one.
4. Next you’ll be able to select the folders where your media is located. You can choose from the local machine, external drives, Windows Home Server Shared Folders, or any shared HomeGroup folder in Windows 7. Click on the Add Folder button and navigate to the folder you want to add, then click OK.
5. After you’re done click on Next. Don’t worry if you forgot to add a folder as you can go back and add or remove folders at any time. Notice in this example we added folders from the local machine, Windows Home Server, and an external drive.
6. You can then go through a simple 3 screen tour or skip it if you want.
7. You have the option to refer friends as well and upgrade to a free Premier Account.
8. On a Windows computer the ZumoCast icon lives in the Notification Area on the Taskbar. Right-click on it to access preferences, Refer a Friend, ZumoCast Web Access, or Exit the app.
9. If you go into Preferences, it’s where you can add or remove media folders and change startup and network settings.
10. Now that the server software is setup on your computer, it’s time to start watching videos and listening to music on your iOS device. Tap on the ZumoCast App icon from the main menu.
Note: Notice in this example we have our apps setup in different folders…you can learn how to do this in our previous tutorial guide.
11.Then tap on the computer you just installed the ZumoCast server software on…the cool thing is you can set it up on multiple machines if you want as well.
12. Then browse the media folders and files you added on that machine.
13. Here we take a look at an example of watching a video in Portrait View from an iPod Touch 4th Gen over Wi-Fi.
14. If you want your videos to always display in Landscape View, tap on Settings and turn on Keep video in landscape.
15. Then your videos will always be in landscape view…which most of us would want anyway.
16. You can also listen to your music collection and it provides on-the-fly conversion so you can listen to music files that aren’t supported by the iOS device natively like FLAC.
17. Another cool feature of ZumoCast is you can also access your media anywhere you have an Internet connection on your computer through your browser of choice. Right-click on the ZumoCast icon in the Taskbar and click on ZumoCast Web Access. Or of course you can simply bookmark the site as well.
18. You’ll be taken to the ZumoCast site and be prompted to log into your account.
19. Now like with your iOS device browse to the music file you want to listen to or video you want to watch.
If you want the ability to access your media collection from virtually anywhere on your iOS device (including 3G) or computer online remotely, ZumoCast is probably the easiest way to get it done.