Kodi media centre provides a feature called zeroconf that allows you to easily connect external devices to your HTPC with no configuration needed at all. When you enable zeroconf Kodi will become discoverable on your home network and other devices can find it over the air. Kodi zeroconf can be used with Kodi remote control applications and is essential if your want to use your media centre as a target for Apple’s Airplay. In this “How to Enable Zeroconf Kodi 17” post I will answer the question; what is zeroconf and show you how to enable this feature on your system. A full Kodi Zeroconf video tutorial is included at the end of this post.
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How to Enable Zeroconf Kodi 17 – Connect Phones and Remotes to Kodi
A full Kodi Zeroconf video tutorial is available at the end of this post. What is Zeroconf?
So before we begin what is zeroconf? Zeroconf is a service that publishes connection details for your Kodi system on your local network. Kodi will advertise itself to other devices making it extremely easy to connect and stream to.
With Windows or Linux based systems to enable Kodi Zeroconf you must install additional software onto your system. Without this, when you switch on Zeroconf you will be presented with an error message stating that Zeroconf failed to start. Mac OSX comes preinstalled with all that you need. In our How to Enable Zeroconf Kodi 17 post we will be focusing on Windows based systems and for that you require Apple Bonjour. Please be sure to backup Kodi prior to completing this guide. If you are not using Kodi 17 Krypton I recommend that you upgrade as this is the latest RC build. [Read: How to Upgrade Kodi Media Centre Without Losing your Data]
To complete this guide you will need the following:
- An Install of Kodi 17 Krypton (older versions have similar configurations and you can use this guide)
- Apple – Bonjour Print Services for Windows application
It should take you around 15 minutes to complete this guide.
Step 1 – Install Apple Bonjour on your System
Before we can enable Zeroconf Kodi 17 we must install Apple Bonjour. Bounjour Print Services for Windows is a tool designed to allow you to discover and configure Bonjour enabled printers. The service comes loaded with everything needed to enable Zeroconf Kodi 17. Download Bonjour Print Services for Windows here. On the page that follows
select the large blue download button in the middle of the page as shown in the image below. [Read: How to Play Blu-ray Movie Discs with Kodi]
There is no need for me to explain the installation process. When the executable downloads run it and go through the options selecting all default settings. The Bonjour Print Services install process is simple and the process should be complete in approximately 2 minutes. There are a number of firewall ports that need to be unblocked on your Windows firewall but the installation process should take care of all of these. [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]
Step 2 – Enable Zeroconfig Kodi 17
Now that we have installed Apple Bonjour the next stage is to switch on Zeroconfig within Kodi. To do this
select Settings. In Kodi 17 Krypton you do this by
clicking on the cog shape in the left hand menu. On the Settings screen
select Services on the far right side of the screen as shown in the image below. [Read: How to Setup TV Shows in Kodi]
The Services screen presents you with a number of Kodi services you can switch on to do different things. There are many Kodi services settings available but it will open up on the General screen from the left menu. The first available setting allows you to configure the name of your system that will be presented to other devices. You can call this whatever you want but by default it is called Kodi. The second set of settings on this screen are for Kodi zeroconf. To enable zeroconf Kodi 15 switch on Announce services to other systems as shown below.
You are now complete and Kodi zeroconf has been enabled on your system. If you are using an application that supports Kodi zero conf like the official IOS remote application you should see your media centre device pop on your phone when you search for zeroconf targets. There are many uses for zeroconf and some of this have been listed below. [Read: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]