How To: Turn Your iTouch or iPhone Into A Wireless Music Remote

How To: Turn Your iTouch or iPhone Into A Wireless Music Remote

Anthony Nguyen
Aug 12, 2008

I know, I know -- there's just too many How To's today. So much you probably don't want to see any more for the rest of the week! However, a good "How To" is worthy of notice, and this one from Lifehacker is nothing short of it. Using stuff you've already got (or perhaps an incentive to invest), you can easily turn your dull, unconnected home into a wireless hub of musical goodness.

"For a cool $1000, you can buy the Sonos Bundle 150 and wirelessly play music from a single remote control in two separate rooms in your house. On the other hand, for about $100 or less if you've already got the right equipment, you can get the same functionality from your iPhone or iPod touch. Let's take a closer look at how to use the iTunes Remote application for the iPhone 2.0 with inexpensive equipment you may already have to remote control music playback wirelessly in any room in your home."

I read through the entire guide and it seems pretty easy and very feasible. Before jumping completely, here's the required products you should have (unless you want to spend more money) to save you some time:

  • iPhone or iPod touch: $199 (8GB iPhone minus wireless costs) or $299 (8GB touch)
  • Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Router: $50 (not the only supported router; see below)
  • Headphone-to-RCA Cable: $2 (I'm estimating, but you can get these things cheap at your local RadioShack.)
  • Apple AirPort Express: $100

If you have all of those already laying around the house, feel free to get your geek on. It'll take about an hour for the persistent. About 2 1/2 hours for those who haven't played with router and IP settings before.

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