If you’re looking for a way to stream all of your media content on WHS to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad one of the easiest ways I’ve found is ZumoCast. You don’t need to install any software on your server, and it works very well.
ZumoCast is a free app and will play your videos, music, and other media content on your home network. You can stream your content over Wi-Fi, and even a 3G connection and works with Windows or Mac.
For this article we’re using WHS Version 1 with an iPod Touch 4th Gen running iOS 4.1 on a home Wi-Fi network.
Download & Install ZumoCast
The first thing you’ll need to do is install ZumoCast on your iOS device from the App Store through iTunes or directly from your device.
After installing ZumoCast on your iOS device, we need to install the ZumoCast server software on any Windows PC on your network – You do NOT need to install it on WHS. Installation is a breeze following the wizard and accepting the defaults. You’ll need to register an account though.
By default it will pick up your local media folders, but you can uncheck them and add folders from WHS or other PCs on your network.
Here we’re selecting the Movies folder on our WHS.
In this example you can see we added several media folders from WHS like Videos, Music, and Photos.
After you’ve selected your media from WHS they give you a nice tour to check out if this is the first time you’re using it…or you can skip it.
That is all there is to it! You’re now ready to start streaming your media content to your iOS device.
The ZumoCast icon lives in your Taskbar and you can easily access it to add or delete folders, or change the preferences.
ZumoCast in Action
Launch ZumoCast on your device and you can start browsing through the media folders you added from WHS.
One of the really cool things is because it’s streaming, you can listen to file formats that are not supported by an iOS device such as FLAC.
Kick back and watch your favorite videos on your iOS device over your Wi-Fi connection or 3G on your iPhone or iPod Touch. I wasn’t able to test it out on an iPhone over 3G for this article, but if you have, leave us a comment and let us know how it works.
They also provide web access to your media where you can manage your folders or enjoy your media from a browser.
Here we took a look at the free version of ZumoCast, but they also have a premium account with additional features for $29.99 or free with 5 friend referrals, but the free version is great, easy to setup, and use. The cool thing is it just works, you don’t need to install anything on your WHS, and you shouldn’t have to worry about doing any port forwarding on your router.
If you have media spread on different machines and your WHS on your home network, and want to stream it without the need to upload or sync, ZumoCast is a great free app for the job.