Feb 20 AT 12:10 PM Clark Wimberly 13 Comments

Two Minute Drill – Boxee Wifi Remote


Boxee is one of my favorite media players the internet has ever spawned. Cross-platform, easy to use, insanely awesome looking. The new Boxee Beta was recently released and has quickly become the default app on my media center PC. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now is the time to do so.

The awesomeness of even the greatest media setups is instantly rendered null by the lack of a remote. Enter Boxee Wifi Remote to the rescue. Sure, I could go buy a dedicated USB remote for my PC, but what fun is that?

The Boxee Wifi Remote isn’t an official Boxee product (although they are said to be working on something for Android) but for now it’s doing a great job filling the gap. The only requirement is that your phone be on the same wifi network as your Boxee machine. The remote has play/pause controls, full D-pad (on-screen and using the trackball), keyboard input (for searching, using in Boxee apps, etc), basically anything you’d need to do while surfing around Boxee.

The app is free so if you are running Boxee it’s really simple: you should have this app. This weekend I’m going to run cables from my media PC through my wall to our bedroom TV so I can view my content in both rooms. And this remote should make navigating that content amazingly easy.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://Website Ryan Fraser

    If you use XBMC instead of boxee (there like the same thing, I know) there is a great open source remote over wifi for xbmc too.

    Totally not trying to advertise, it seems relevant for me to post.

    • http://Website CM

      I’m actually glad you posted that – I have xbmc on my old xbox! The remote works like a charm – very nice!

  • http://Website Daniel Bishop

    Just tested it out – I’ve been wanting this for a while. So great to be able to use the keyboard input on my phone.
    Great find!

  • http://Website Phil

    Wow. Impressive app, looks official enough for me. Works great on Droid Eris as well. Boxee is like crack for those who haven’t tried it yet.

  • http://Website Shane

    I dont have an android phone(or a smartphone for that matter)
    but i just downloaded boxee!

  • http://tonybullard.com Tony Bullard

    Can you type with it? Like, in search fields and whatnot?

  • http://Website Sunil

    Yep, you can type in the text fields. The app supports both virtual and hard keyboard.

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  • http://Can'ttype Robert

    I couldn’t find a way to bring up the soft keyboard on a device with no hard keyboard. There is no help or instructions.

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  • Oh my

    Firefox 4 on droid x: no flash, no video. :(