Emplode 2.00 Final, installed with no errors, worked perfectly over Ethernet when I ran it. The first time I ran it, Windows Firewall prompted me to let it through, so I did.
Please note that if you want to do any hacking or diagnostics to your player, you will need a serial port and serial cable too. Most Windows 8 computers are new enough to not have serial ports, so you need a USB-to-serial adapter. I recommend one with the FTDI chipset, I just got this one
and it worked great.