Using HomePad Audio Server under Windows Vista.

Created: 12/15/08
OS: Windows Vista

HomePad Audio Server under Windows Vista has two problems. First, the Audio Server cannot be turned off/on after first use. Second, HomePad Audio Server does not get recognized by the HomePad because the Windows Firewall is on. Follow the instructions below to make the HomePad Audio Server compatible with Windows Vista.

To turn HomePad Audio Server on/off under Windows Vista, we no longer rely on the Start/Stop buttons of the HomePad Audio Server software. As a matter of fact, the HomePad Audio Server app need not be running at all. Instead, we use the Windows Services console, which is located at "C:\system32\services.msc". You can make a shortcut to the Services console and place it on the desktop for each access.

To turn on the HomePad Audio Server, right-click on the Gloo Audio Server service, and select Start.

To turn off the HomePad Audio Server, right-click on the Gloo Audio Server service, and select Stop.

To make the HomePod Server work under the protection of the Windows Firewall, HomePad Audio Server must first designate a specific port #8080 for the server to go through the Vista Firewall.

To open up the port,

  1. Go to the following directory, "C:\Program Files\HomePod\Audio Server\conf".
  2. Right-click on the "Wrapper.conf" file icon and select Edit. (Or use Notepad to open the Wrapper.conf file.)
  3. Look around line 25, for
  4. Change the line to,
  5. Save the changes.

To configure the Windows Firewall to give permission for HomePad audio traffic to go through,

  1. Open Windows Firewall from the Control Panel
  2. Select the Exceptions tab.
  3. Click on the Add a program… button.
  4. Click on the Browse button to find the HomePad Audio Server application in your drive. It's default location is at , "C:\Program Files\HomePod\HomePod Audio Server.exe".
  5. Enter 8080 in the Port number field.
  6. Select TCP as the protocol.
  7. Click OK to save the settings.

Restart the HomePad Audio Server using the Services console. Now your audio library hosted on a Windows Vista PC should be seen by the HomePad.

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