There are lots of new and innovative things to explore in Windows 8. Windows 8 has minimalists design. It stresses more on networking and wireless distribution. I have been using Windows since Windows 98 versions. Never before I find such easiest way to network on various fronts with Windows than Windows 8. In this article, we would learn how to set up home wireless networking using built-in Wi-Fi functionality, then access media contents through smart phone devices wirelessly within purview of comfortable distance and play those songs and multimedia contents.
Here multimedia contents include images, audios and videos. All these would have been there on your Windows 8 computer. No need to copy these multimedia contents to android smart phone and tablets. If you are at home, you would like to play your favorite video and audio songs and watch screenshots on yours smart phones and tablets wirelessly. It is all about creating a wireless network connections.
Plan your network:
At first plan your network, whether it is to be wired or wireless. If it is wired than you would like to contact an existing service provider. If you would like to set up wireless networking, then you are at right place. In this article, we would learn about it. With wireless networking, you get absolute mobility and proper flexibility and an authenticated faster and reliable streaming connection which you would find faster than 3G connectivity without spending a single pie. Wireless connectivity limited to your home and it requires your Windows 8 computer to be switched on as long as you are using the server on mobile devices.
Get the necessary hardware:
Here, we would be talking about streaming media contents without an internet connection. This means streaming media does not consume bandwidth as well as money. It is advisable to buy Windows 8 and smart phone or tablets of the same brand. Here, I would be talking about Samsung Windows 8 computers and Samsung Galaxy smart phone. For readers they could opt for some other original equipment buyers but consider buying both of the same brands so that you would be comfortable with compatibility issues.
Set up mobile access protocol in Windows 8:
With modern Samsung computer, there are lots of crap software installed by default. But all of these software are not wasted ones. Reach to Charm Menu of Windows 8 and from there on the search bar write ‘SW Update’ and enter and you would be presented with information about all software installed on Windows 8 by Samsung Inc. From their confirmation of ‘Settings’ is downloaded and installed. If it says it needs an update then connects to internet and download It. It would be about 200 MB download for its second-version.
Then, close ‘SW Update’ windows and reach again to charm menu and then write ‘Settings’ on its search bar and open ‘Settings’. It would be wiser to log into a computer in administrative-capacity. Alternatively ‘Settings’ application could be initiated through pressing ‘Fn’ and ‘F1’ at the same time. It would open up settings menu.
Set up ‘Settings’ application for Mobile AP:
From right hand side menu settings of ‘Settings’ application reach to ‘Network’. Then reach to ‘Wi-Fi’. Here move the slider to turn Wi-Fi device on. You do not need any special Wi-Fi connectivity for this, just simply turned on the Wi-Fi device in order to activate ‘Mobile AP’.
Now reach to the upper menu of ‘Network’ and reach to ‘Mobile AP’. ‘Mobile AP’ works as an internet access point and here, even without an internet connection you would create and home wireless-connectivity. In order to activate it gives a name to ‘SSID’ and then use ‘Security Settings’ as ‘WPA2 PSK (Non-Open)’. This is the most comprehensive security parameters in order to stop hackers from trespassing. Then provide ‘Password’ and save. Then at the next instance move button from off to on in order to activate ‘Mobile AP’ from Windows 8.
Turn on sharing of multimedia components:
Now you have set up a wireless connection without an internet on your Windows 8 computer. Now you have an access point from Windows 8 computers. Its security settings are non-open and with ‘WPA2 PSK (Non-Open) ’ security settings, your private network is completely secure unless you show password to others.
Now, open ‘File explorer’ for Windows 8. Then move to drive where multimedia contents are stored. Right click on multimedia folder. Click on ‘Include in Library’ and then select ‘Music’. In this way, your multimedia files are now shared to network connected devices. You could repeat the similar processes for an innumerable number of folders of multimedia contents which you would like to share with your home-network. Remember all these processes described till now would have to be completed with administrative privileges of Windows 8.
What we have done so far:
So far, we have enabled network access point on Windows 8 with a secure network. In the next step, we learn about how to enable sharing of multimedia components within the home network. We are slowly moving towards making Windows 8 computers a full scaled wireless without internet connected media streaming device. Wow reads it on.
Configuration on Samsung Galaxy smart phone:
Windows 8 with administrative privilege is now a server, preferably media streaming server. Now, in the next part we would be moving towards configuring client side, preferably Samsung Galaxy android device so as to run music of computer with galaxy device.
From Samsung Galaxy Android device, expected TouchWiz interface enabled, now slide from top down to open the top menu. There touches the Wi-Fi icon to enable Wi-Fi. It would scan for Wi-Fi services. Mobile AP of computer would be shown as a Wi-Fi network to your android device. It would search for available Wi-Fi networks in your locality.
It will show your network along with all the other available networks. Click on connect and it would ask for ‘Network SSID’ , ‘Security’ and ‘Password’. Place all three which you would have placed while creating Mobile Access Protocol (Mobile AP) with Windows 88. Then select save and automatically yours Samsung Galaxy Android device would be connected to your home network.
How to play music stored inside Windows 8 hard drive in Samsung Galaxy Android device wirelessly without an internet connection:
Reach to desktop for Samsung Galaxy Android phone. Go to all application and then double tap on ‘Music’. It is default music application of android phone. It would open the music player. Click on the left hand side the hard drive menu of ‘Music’. then double tap on ‘scan for nearby devices’.
It would scan for home network and multimedia contents stored, inside server-computer. Then, after scanning it would show ‘nearby devices found’. This means Samsung Galaxy Android phone is now connected with the media server for Windows 8.
Just look at the screen shot below to learn about the speed at which your streaming media server works. Link speed you gain from this networking is 72Mbps with very strong signal strength backed by ‘WPA2 PSK’ security. ‘WPA2 PSK’ security is synonymous with industry standards justifies that trespassers would find hard time in hacking your home server.
Significantly, you would not need an internet connection or else any hardware Wi-Fi for this private home network. Now, reach to top menu of ‘Music’ and slide the right hand side to reach to ‘Nearby Devices’ and double tap on it to enter this sub-settings.
From there, you would be presented with media server, in this example case it as shown in screenshot it is ‘SAMSUNG: me’ and double tap on that name to enter into list of music on your Windows 8 hard drive to be shown on Samsung Galaxy Android smart-phone. From there tap on the desired song you would like it to be played and slowly that song would be playing on android.
Voila, what happened now, without any third party application or proprietary application, you connect a computer with android devices. My first testing shows first connect Wi-FI of android nearer to computer then move anywhere in your home and listen to songs stored inside computer. For the first few seconds, it would process the lists of songs, but on second count you would not have to wait for that.
When you first connect device with this network, yours android device would list utmost 25 songs but do not be disheartened, as subsequently, this list would grow in the second and third connectivity and whole set up songs would be connected consider this you would have connected the same set up songs on Windows 8 to its library. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this article.