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How to remotely shutdown/reboot your PC using your phone with SymNC

Imagine the following situation: you’ve just taken a shower, and going for a nap, but you forgot to turn off your PC in the living room. Instead of walking, you can shut down your PC using your mobile phone from the comfort of your bed!

Ingredients needed for this delicious treat:

  1. Mobile phone that has WiFi connectivity, runs Symbian S60, and has SymNC installed,
  2. WiFi connection in your home/office,
  3. PC that is turned on and connected to that WiFi network.

In case you don’t know, SymNC is the most advanced Symbian network application known to mankind. It is developed by Telexy.

This remarkable tool consists of 6 applications, as shown on the picture below:

  1. Network File Browser,
  2. Network-Attached Storage (also available as standalone application – SymNAS),
  3. Remote Desktop client (SymRDP as standalone app, only for S60v5),
  4. PPTP VPN client (as you’ve probably guessed – SymVPN),
  5. Network mp3 player (SymPlayer),
  6. Wireless file synchronization (SymSync)

Click on the image to see it in full size.

OK, lets begin with the tutorial. Launch the SymNC, and you will see the following screen, or a similar one:

Scroll down till you get to the “Network” field and click on it.

Now you need to select the access point that connects your phone to your computer network. Your PC must also be connected to this network.

After a few seconds, you will see the list of computers that are currently connected to your wireless network.

Scroll down to the PC you want to shutdown/reboot and click “Options”:

Now select “Shutdown/Reboot”, and you will be at the following screen. As usually, I’ll go field by field.

1. Server Name – this field is read-only, meaning you cannot change it. Basically, this is the name of the PC you selected.

2. Message – you can also leave this blank, or you can type in any message, that will be shown on the PC’s screen. For example, you can mess around with your family members by typing in “Error! Your PC will shut down now.”, etc… The following two images show this field, and the popup message on the PC:

3. Timeout – the value of this field represents delay (in seconds) of the shutdown/reboot. Default value is 30 seconds, but you can fill in (any) number, for example 60.

4. Force application close – here you can select “Yes” or “No”, in order to kill the non-responsive programs on your PC (the ones that are refusing to close properly). I usually select “Yes”, just in case.

5. Shutdown/Reboot – select Shutdown if you want to turn off your PC, or Reboot if you want to restart it.

That pretty much does the job, all you need to do now is click “Done”, and your PC will do the selected action after the selected period of time.

I’ve also made a video tutorial, and you can watch it here:

Using SymPlayer to listen to your PC’s music on your phone

In case you haven’t heard of Telexy’s SymPlayer, it’s a simple and very sleek mp3 player for your S60 (both v3 and v5) mobile phone, that allows you to play audio files directly from any shared network location! That’s right, you don’t have to copy your music library to your cell, this useful app uses WiFi connection to play your songs straight from your PC or Network Attached Storage. I really like this program because it’s very easy to use, and fuss free.

I have SymPlayer as a part of SymNC (Network Commander), so I will explain how to set up this application, the process is the same. When you launch SymNC, scroll down until you get to Network.

Important note: you must have an account that connects your phone to your computer Wifi network. Detailed tutorial about making a new account can be found in one of my previous posts.

Click on it, and then select the desired WiFi access point.

Click on it, wait a few seconds, and you should see the list of your connected computers and network storages, as shown below.

Select your PC, and click through its shared folders. It is very important that you share the folder in which you store your music! This is also described in my previous post, in step number 6.

When you reach the music folder, click ‘Options’ and then ‘Play music’ – it’s THAT simple! :)

In a moments time, you should be able to hear your song. The ‘Now Playing’ screen looks like this:

You can switch songs by pressing left or right on your D-pad, turn the volume up or down by pressing up or down on your D-pad, or the dedicated volume keys. You can also view the entire playlist (the content of the network folder) by pressing Options->Go to Playlist.

Useful tip: if you’re using SymVPN, you can listen to your favorite music while traveling, all you need is a WiFi access point.

I’ve also recorded the video tutorial, and you can watch it here, or on my YouTube channel.

Step by step, pictured tutorial about setting up Network Drive using Telexy SymNC

I’m sure you’ve heard of Telexy, a Canadian software company that has brought us a set of great applications for our S60 mobiles.

Their flagship application is called SymNC, and it’s the best networking tool for your s60 device money can buy! It consists of several apps (that can be bought separately), including SymNAS (Network Attached Storage), SymVPN (Virtual Private Network), SymSync, SymRDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), etc… All of these apps allow you to connect your phone to your home/work network (in different ways, of course). I was lucky enough to translate SymNC to Serbian language, and I’ve received a license for this extremely useful software. I use it daily, and it’s a great time saver! To be honest, I cannot remember when was the last time I used USB cable to connect my Nokia N82 to my PC…

However, many of my friends that installed trials of these apps bumped into the same problem: how do I get this thing to work? So, I’ve decided to write several, (maybe overly) detailed tutorials about connecting your cell to your computer network.

I will start with mapping network drive in SymNC. If you do this correctly, you will be able to easily access any shared folder on your network using your phone.

Before we start, make sure that you have a wireless network in your home/workplace, and that your mobile has WiFi connectivity.

Upon launching SymNC,

scroll down and select Settings:

Now select Accounts:

Click on ‘Options’, then select ‘Add new’, and you should see the following screen:

Here’s the tricky part. The field ‘Name’ should contain the name of your PC that is connected to your network / your username on the PC. For example, if your PC’s name is My-PC and your username is John, you should type in My-PC/John. Use your PC password for the ‘Password’ field.

After making your new account, press Back, and select Net Drives:

Press ‘Options’, then ‘Add new’, and you will get to this screen:

We are almost finished, so bear with me. :)

All the fields are mandatory, so lets start from beginning:

1. ‘Name’ – This is the name of your network drive that will be visible on SymNC’s home screen, so you can type in anything you want.

2. ‘Drive’ – Select any letter you like (you will not be able to select C, E or F because they are reserved for phone’s drives), it will also be shown on app’s home screen.

3. ‘Access point’ – Select access point that connects to your network.

4. ‘Account’ – select previously made account.

5. ‘Host’ – here you have to type in the name of the computer (or  network attached storage) you are trying to connect to. So, if you named your laptop “my-laptop”, type that in (without quotes).

6. ‘Share’ – type in the name of shared folder on your computer. Of course, prior to this you have to mark the desired folder on your computer as “Shared” (right click on the folder, then ‘Properties’, then tab ‘Sharing’ and click share). For example, if you shared the folder name Docs, type it in this field.

Now click ‘Done’ and you’ve successfully mapped your net drive. Now you are ready to browse your network using your cell phone. Congratulations!!! :)

p.s. More tutorials are on the way, next one will probably be about SymSync, and how to set up folder syncing between your PC and mobile phone using WiFi connection.

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