How to Stream Video to Your Wii

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Introduction: How to Stream Video to Your Wii

This instructable will allow you to stream video on your computer or from the internet to your Wii.

Hopefully, I'll be able to fill a very frustrating void that I've encountered. Many sites claim that streaming video to your Wii over a local area network is easy as pie, but I have yet to see detailed instructions. So, here you go!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

A Wii, connected to a home network.
The Homebrew Channel.
MPlayerWii, loaded properly onto your SD card.

On your computer, you'll need to install VLC, a small but full-featured media player.

You'll also need to find the local IP address of the computer(s) you want to stream from.

To do this, open a command prompt and type "ipconfig." This gives you your IP address. Write it down!

Now, open the "mplayerwii.conf" file on the SD drive, and add a line that looks like this:

"stream = http://[your ip address]:8080/"

So, my line would look like this:

"stream = http://192.168.2.2:8080/"

Save that file, put the SD card into your Wii, and load MPlayer from the Homebrew Channel.

Step 2: Prepare VLC for Streaming

Start up VLC.

Select the Media menu, and click on "Streaming..."

In the open dialog, select the file you want, and click "Stream". The Stream Output dialog will open automatically.

Check the "play locally" box if you want the file to play on your computer simultaneously. It's good to do this the first time, to make sure everything is functioning properly.

Also check the "HTTP" box. Leave the port set to 8080, and keep the "Address" box blank.

Next select "XBox" from the profile menu, click "Stream," and you're ready to go!

Step 3: Connect the Wii!

The last remaining step is to select the ip address entry you added to the mplayerwii.conf file. Remember that? Looks like "http://192.168.2.2:8080/"?

If the stream doesn't load, you'll need to add a web interface to the player. To do this, go to the Tools menu, and select Add Interface -> Web Interface. Select the IP entry again, and it should work like a charm.

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    To set the file to open with VLC player by default you should be able to right click and open it with your favorite text edit program

    When I went to open mplayerwil.conf it asked what I want to open it with and I opened with VLC. I think I messed up. There's no place to put my ip address. What do I do?

    Thanks for the article.Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that Nintendo Wii U is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your Nintendo Wii U you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

    Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that Nintendo Wii is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your Nintendo Wii you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

    I hope this method will work on my Wii.

    i am following instructions but wii wont look for ip it only gives me options to read from card

    I am looking for the file and have a folder called mplayer_ce and then when i go in to it i have many sub folders and ext. on called mplayer which is a conf file do i put the "stream=http://[ip address}:8080/" there or in a ext called input which is also a conf file... Help would be appericated

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    You should be using MPlayerWii, not MPlayer CE. ;-)

    While they have almost the same name, they are two very different programs. This won't work with MPlayer CE because it doesn't have a streaming option. The only online media you can use with MPlayer CE is pre-defined, and not very customize-able. Plus, it would be a very different process to go into the configuration files to be able to do such a thing. All in all, it's just easier and more efficient to use MPlayerWii, plus with that, there's a guarantee that it will work. Just make sure your processor is a good one and you have at least 2 or 3 GB of RAM, or else the video, though it does stream, will be in poor quality and very glitchy.

    Here's a little help for the people who keep saying "What version?"

    For MPlayer Wii, it doesn't matter. Every version should work. For VLC, he's using version 0.9.6. Hope this helps. ;)

    ok so how do you actually watch the video on the wii? what do you do in mplayer to start viewing the stream?

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    same question. ive done what you said but have no idea how to open it on the mplayer on wii

    i also need to know the version because i dont see any of those options after selecting streaming

    I could not find "mplayerwii.conf" file? Nowhere to be seen!
    Any help?

    This sounds awesome but port 8080? Is that the only port I can use. That is the default port for a lot of stuff. Any local server ect. Which I run almost constantly. Any way to change that?

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    You can use whatever port that's open.

    http://www.orb.com/wii/getting_started.htm easy as A,B, C.

    Like all the methods, but this was the easiest for me and probably will be for Mr & Mrs Novice.

    ;-)