Home of the Squeezebox™ & Transporter® network music players.
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Essex, UK
    Posts
    17

    Solution to revive a Squeezebox Boom with failing WiFi

    I love my Boom - its perfect for in the kitchen and sounds brilliant. Unfortunately the WiFi had started to become unreliable, if I connected it via ethernet then it worked fine. I knew that my WiFi network was OK because the other squeezeboxes worked well even though they were further away from the WiFi router. My solution was to purchase a mini WiFi to ethernet bridge, the Vonets VAP11N is available from Amazon for ú16.

    To set it up you just join the bridge's own WiFi network that starts up by default (default wifi password 12345678) then point your browser to http://vonets.cfg. Now sign in with username 'admin' and password 'admin'. Now you should be able to browse nearby WiFi networks and select your own wifi. The bridge will connect to your network next time it restarts. Network traffic is then passed from the bridge to the ethernet cable which you plug into the boom.

    The white power lead can be plugged into the boom and the booms power supply plugged into the Vonets bridge (the power is passed through to the bridge's white power lead). I used a very short ethernet cable, available from amazon and used some silicon to fix the bridge to the back of the boom and keep everything neat. I blacked out the lights on the bridge which are very bright.

    Couple of points:

    1. You will now be powering the wifi bridge as well as the boom from the original power supply, however the bridge draws very little current and I don't run the boom at full volume so I consider the power supply will be operating well within spec.

    2. After switching on, it takes a while for WiFi bridge to connect to the network and the boom will initially timeout connecting to the server. Just leave it and as soon as the network connection is made the boom will silently connect to the server, just a takes a bit longer to become available.

    Picture attached to show the setup.
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    15,141
    You can also replace the wifi card in Boom as it is a plugin. You don't need a new card as there are (were ?) plenty of wifi card from old laptops which are compaitble see http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...mp-Transporter

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Essex, UK
    Posts
    17

    SB Boom WiFi cards

    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    You can also replace the wifi card in Boom as it is a plugin. You don't need a new card as there are (were ?) plenty of wifi card from old laptops which are compaitble see http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...mp-Transporter
    Thanks for the info bpa. Using the info in that thread I've just found what looks like a suitable card on eBay so I'm going to give it a go (once I summon up the courage to take the boom apart!).

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Sheffield, UK
    Posts
    53
    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks View Post
    Thanks for the info bpa. Using the info in that thread I've just found what looks like a suitable card on eBay so I'm going to give it a go (once I summon up the courage to take the boom apart!).
    You might not need to replace the card. See this thread: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...wifi+card+boom

    It's easy to take the Boom apart btw.

    Chris
    4 Booms, 2 Classics, 3 Radios, 1 Raspberry Pi.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Essex, UK
    Posts
    17

    New WiFi card now installed

    Spurred on by the replies and comments in this thread, today I installed a new WiFi card in the Boom. Please to report all working great now on WiFi.
    The old WiFi card was firmly seated in the socket, in fact it seemed to have some sticky foam holding it to the motherboard (apart from the mini PCI clips) and took a lot of gentle prying to release it.

    I used the following article to help me dissemble the boom:

    http://broadlyuseless.com/uncategori...ueezebox-boom/

    This is the replacement WiFi card I used:

    http://http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151849629456?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageNa me=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •