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    Max2Play Webinterface for Mediaclients (Audioplayer, Squeezeserver, Airplay, XBMC)

    I'd like to present my project for an alternative Squeezebox-Player with included Squeezebox-Server, Airplay functionality and XBMC for usage as set-top-box.

    More information can be found here: http://www.max2play.com/en/

    I already posted this in the German part of this forum, but as the project is translated into English there might be some more people here that are interested.

    The Hardware needed to use the Max2Play-Download-Image is an ODROID U3 Board. This is quite a strong ARM-Board with lots of power Max2Play can also be used on other Linux-Distributions and platforms like Raspberry, but needs a little configuration to run.

    The main goal of Max2Play was to transfer the control of the ODROID to your Smartphone or tablet and therefore not needing keyboard and mouse anymore. With just a LAN / WiFi connection the browser interface of Max2Play and APPs like iPeng or XBMC-Remote make it real easy to use the ODROID as a audio- and video player.

    Features and apps of the Max2Play Image:
    • Browser interface for configuration and control - default located on your local network by name http://max2play
    • Audio player start / stop / autostart: Squeezelite, Shairport, Squeezeslave, Equalizer with Alsaequal for Squeezeslave and Shairport
    • Squeezeboxserver: Installation and configuration with the webinterface
    • Bluetooth Streaming to Squeezeboxes (multiroom and easy setup with Bluetooth Plugin from Max2Play)
    • XBMC 13 (Gotham) start / stop / autostart
    • Filesystem Shares: setup network (e.g. NAS) shares or samba
    • WiFi configuration
    • Jivelite Squeezebox Visualisation as Plugin (easy to install with webinterface)
    • Reset / Reboot / playername / language, keyboardlayout, timezone / one-click-update of webinterface by button, Plugin-configuration
    • tellows-Callblocker-Plugin for VOIP-Usage and analog telephones
    • advanced settings (e.g. disable blink of blue LED of ODROID)
    • automatic mount of usb-storage with usb-idle if no activity
    • asound-configuration for ALSA (Audioplayer) and Pulseaudio (XBMC)
    • Audioplayer may play simultanous and use equalizer
    • if XBMC starts all audioplayer stop automatically
    • Power Button of ODROID can be freely configured (e.g. shuts down the device / starts your scripts - if pressed 10 seconds it resets to default settings)

    XBMC 13 Features (included in image):
    • very good video performance (1080p) - no tearing / framedrops
    • fast interface-control
    • easy integration of 5.1 USB-Soundcards with digital out and Passthrough to AV-Receiver (X-FI or LogiLink 7.1)
    • Airplay for music, pictures and videostreams (from browser) - still problems with video from camera[/INDENT]


    The Image for the ODROID can be downloaded here: http://shop.max2play.com/en/image-max2play

    A video of how it works (webinterface and smartphone control) can be watched here: http://shop.max2play.com/en/image-max2play

    More details on the Max2Play-Webinterface (pictures and background infos) can be found here: https://github.com/max2play/webinterface

    Currently I use multiple ODROIDs with Max2Play in my living room, bathroom, bedroom and terrace. They are all connected to the squeezeserver on the ODROID in the living room that is connected to an AV-Receiver for video (XBMC) and audio (squeezelite) streaming. I really like the setup and the possibility to configure things with the Smartphone with the webinterface.

    Any feedback is welcome!

    NEW: Bluetooth Streaming to Squeezeboxes
    - Multiroom and easy setup with Bluetooth Plugin from Max2Play
    - Automatically start streaming by just playing audio on your Smartphone via Bluetooth to Max2Play
    - Your current playlist won't be affected
    - Synchronized playback is supported!


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    Last edited by flysurfer; 2016-11-17 at 02:06.
    2 x Max2Play on ODROID U2/U3 with LMS, Squeezelite, Shairport, XBMC
    1 x Squeezebox Receiver
    1 x Denon 1713 AVR + Nubert 5.1 System
    iPeng

    Max2Play Webinterface and SD-Image: http://www.max2play.com/
    Max2Play Shop: http://shop.max2play.com/

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    I tried an earlier version of max2play and there was no easy way to install different versions of LMS, has that been added in the latest version? When I tried to SSH into the device the default language was German, is that configurable?

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    Hi slartibartfast,

    the LMS-Version is not yet configurable through the webinterface - therefore you have to SSH and install it manually. I'll probably add this to the next version.

    You can change the language and timezone for SSH and Desktop under "Reset/Reboot" in the webinterface. I just found a small bug when changing that will also be fixed in the next version: you have to manually edit the file /etc/default/locale and set the line LANGUAGE="" to the same language as LANG="".
    Last edited by flysurfer; 2014-07-24 at 02:31.
    2 x Max2Play on ODROID U2/U3 with LMS, Squeezelite, Shairport, XBMC
    1 x Squeezebox Receiver
    1 x Denon 1713 AVR + Nubert 5.1 System
    iPeng

    Max2Play Webinterface and SD-Image: http://www.max2play.com/
    Max2Play Shop: http://shop.max2play.com/

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    UPDATE: Now with version 0.99 you may choose which Squeezeboxserver you want to install (7.8 or 7.9 nightly). You can also add an URL from downloads.slimdevices. The language-bug is also fixed.
    You may update the webinterface by clicking the "Update max2play" Button on tab "reset / reboot".

    @slartibartfast: give it a try - would like to hear if its working for you
    2 x Max2Play on ODROID U2/U3 with LMS, Squeezelite, Shairport, XBMC
    1 x Squeezebox Receiver
    1 x Denon 1713 AVR + Nubert 5.1 System
    iPeng

    Max2Play Webinterface and SD-Image: http://www.max2play.com/
    Max2Play Shop: http://shop.max2play.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by flysurfer View Post
    UPDATE: Now with version 0.99 you may choose which Squeezeboxserver you want to install (7.8 or 7.9 nightly). You can also add an URL from downloads.slimdevices. The language-bug is also fixed.
    You may update the webinterface by clicking the "Update max2play" Button on tab "reset / reboot".

    @slartibartfast: give it a try - would like to hear if its working for you
    I am trying it now. Installation of the latest 7.8.1 nightly went smoothly and also changing the language. So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flysurfer View Post
    UPDATE: Now with version 0.99 you may choose which Squeezeboxserver you want to install (7.8 or 7.9 nightly). You can also add an URL from downloads.slimdevices. The language-bug is also fixed.
    You may update the webinterface by clicking the "Update max2play" Button on tab "reset / reboot".

    @slartibartfast: give it a try - would like to hear if its working for you
    One strange thing is that some German language has appeared in my squeezebox menus. Not everywhere but favourites has become favoriten and a few other places. Deluxe Radio has also appeared in my favourites.

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    Mount type

    I have mounted my external USB HDD which is directly connected to the Odroid as type "cifs". Is that correct? It is not completely clear what the options for "type" are. The squeezeplug had different mount options for USB (vfat or NTFS), NFS etc.

    Edit. I have just notice that automatic mounting of USB drives is a feature. Does that mean I should leave the mount point blank?
    Last edited by slartibartfast; 2014-07-25 at 03:56.

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    I've replaced my fat32 hard disk with a NTFS formatted disk and now I cannot access files with special characters. I thought that since the USB drive is automatically mounted, UTF8 compatibility would be included. There does not appear to be an fstab entry for the USB drive so how do I add UTF8?

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    If I start xbmc all I see is a black screen. How do I set up the host in the xbmc remote? Do I need to enter anything for username, password and access point? Sorry for all the dumb questions.
    Edit. I can now see xbmc on the tv screen and Yatse remote seems to work automatically.
    Last edited by slartibartfast; 2014-07-27 at 03:58.

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    When I reboot the odroid using the max2play web interface the usb drive does not get mounted even though it was perfectly mounted before the reboot. Blkid in putty shows /dev/sda1 exists but it is not mounting.

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