Step 3: Configure Xampp/FileZilla

In the Control Panel, next to apache and FileZilla (optional), check the Svc checkbox. This will allow apache and FileZilla to run without logging in, which is important for a headless computer. Then Click the two start buttons next to Apache and FileZilla.

To configure FileZilla, click the Admin button. This will launch the FileZilla admin window. It may ask you for a server and password. Just use for the server and blank for the password.

In the admin panel, click Edit -> Settings, then Admin Interface Settings. Here you have the option to change the Admin password, if you want. Click OK when your done.

Next, you need to add users by clicking Edit-> Users. I’ve only created one user, but you can add more. Type the name of the user, add a password if wanted, and then click on Shared folders. Click Add, and then browse to your xampp\htdocs folder. Once the folder is added, be sure to select the folder permissions. I’ve allowed full access, but you can limit the rights, but you will need at least Read and Write. Click OK to save the settings.

Your ftp server should be setup. To test it, navigate to ftp://My_Name@, or whatever your new user is. If it works, FileZilla is setup. You should be able to see some files like xampp and index.php.

Now, open up a command prompt, and type ipconfig to find out your local ip address. Mine happens to be You can configure your router to fix that ip address, so you don’t have to guess later on what ip address you need to connect to.
<p>This is complicated for users who don't have much experience with computer, especially for server side. I am here offering a simplified version. First, locate the videos and check whether is in MP4 or MOV format. If yes, then you can stream them directly to iPad via Wi-Fi; If no, you should convert the video first, then stream it via wifi. Here is the step by step tutorial:<br>http://www.imoresoft.com/video-converter-ultimate.html</p>
<p>thanks helpful i fix my problem keep going </p>
<p>Thanks Great work...!!</p>
<p>The link to stream.zip says &quot;Not Found, Error 404&quot;. Can you send me the zip?</p>
Hi, thats an awsome idea, but I would use php's readdir command. <br>Look at this: http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.readdir.php
I use AirVideo, but I really like your idea. I'm sure it can be used also to stream music as well. I think the iPad is a great device except the lack of memory, so its best use is to be a streamable pad, only the streamers they have now cost money.<br><br>Will it stream videos to the Safari browser? <br>For AVI, MKVs, I won't have to transcode?<br>Thanks<br>Dan
I haven't tested music, but in theory it is no different. This same concept works with desktop browsers that support h.264 HTML5 video, so all current generation browsers except firefox. Though, there are better solutions for streaming to a desktop. VLC integrates easily into this system.<br><br>However, you WILL need to transcode your video in to format supported by mobile safari. I don't know what container formats are supported, but the video needs to be H.264<br><br>Aaron
I choose xammp because when I tried simply sharing the files over a network, I couldn't play the videos. I wanted something free, so air video and other services were out of the question, and all of my videos are in the proper format, so transcodeing isn't a problem, but if it is, then $3 isn't to much to pay, but I doubt that I could transcode video realtime on my old pIII computer.
Instead of installing xampp and all that, how about just using something like HFS? http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/ It's small, lightweight, and serves files easily. I currently use it to connect my pc files to my iPod Touch, and can stream video thru it efficiently. You could also use Air Video ( http://www.inmethod.com/air-video/index.html ) to stream videos, but you have to pay for it. I highly recommend it because it'll transcode just about any video you can throw at it to something iPhone compatible. Note: You'll have to run the server software also, which does all the transcoding. It's fairly small, my system shows it only using 40MB when idle. And you can connect your device to multiple computers running the server software.

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