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Gerard Lupton
2005-01-24, 13:21
Hi,
Using a Squeezebox is it possible to listen to an mp3 file stored on my brothers computer using broadband connection.
Gerard

Jonathan Miller
2005-01-24, 15:07
Sure. I used to listen to my mp3s stored at home while at work.
Buffering was a problem, but it's definitely doable.


On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 20:21:40 -0000, Gerard Lupton <gerardl (AT) dsl (DOT) pipex.com> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> Using a Squeezebox is it possible to listen to an mp3 file stored on my
> brothers computer using broadband connection.
> Gerard
>

Ben Coombs
2005-01-24, 15:42
I've set slimserver up to listen to music at work from my mp3
collection at home. You could ask your brother to install Slimserver.
You/he would also have to have set up port forwarding if you were
using a router, or open the firewall if broadband was via a usb modem
for example.

You have to set the slimserver to limit the bit rate. My isp provides
256kbps upload from my computer at home. So i've set the limit to
128kbs from the server to the office, allowing the other 128 for
connecting to the web interface.

That works most of the time, but occasionally, when a lot of people
are using the office 12mb connection to the Internet then i reduce the
limit further to 96kbs, and that tends to solve the buffering problem.
There's a lame quality setting now in Slimserver, I set that to the
maximum setting, the server is powerful enough to handle the extra
work load, and it makes the 128kbs stream sound better.


On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 14:07:22 -0800, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> Sure. I used to listen to my mp3s stored at home while at work.
> Buffering was a problem, but it's definitely doable.
>
>
> On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 20:21:40 -0000, Gerard Lupton <gerardl (AT) dsl (DOT) pipex.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> > Using a Squeezebox is it possible to listen to an mp3 file stored on my
> > brothers computer using broadband connection.
> > Gerard
> >

Gerard Lupton
2005-01-24, 16:32
Ok so its possible, is there an idiots guide to this anywhere? also are
there any security issues?
Thanks for the help Johnathan and Ben
Regards
Gerard

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From: "Ben Coombs" <bcoombs (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
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Sent: Monday, January 24, 2005 10:42 PM
Subject: [slim] Can I listen to mp3 stored at another location
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> I've set slimserver up to listen to music at work from my mp3
> collection at home. You could ask your brother to install Slimserver.
> You/he would also have to have set up port forwarding if you were
> using a router, or open the firewall if broadband was via a usb modem
> for example.
>
> You have to set the slimserver to limit the bit rate. My isp provides
> 256kbps upload from my computer at home. So i've set the limit to
> 128kbs from the server to the office, allowing the other 128 for
> connecting to the web interface.
>
> That works most of the time, but occasionally, when a lot of people
> are using the office 12mb connection to the Internet then i reduce the
> limit further to 96kbs, and that tends to solve the buffering problem.
> There's a lame quality setting now in Slimserver, I set that to the
> maximum setting, the server is powerful enough to handle the extra
> work load, and it makes the 128kbs stream sound better.
>
>
> On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 14:07:22 -0800, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
> wrote:
>> Sure. I used to listen to my mp3s stored at home while at work.
>> Buffering was a problem, but it's definitely doable.
>>
>>
>> On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 20:21:40 -0000, Gerard Lupton <gerardl (AT) dsl (DOT) pipex.com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hi,
>> > Using a Squeezebox is it possible to listen to an mp3 file stored on my
>> > brothers computer using broadband connection.
>> > Gerard
>> >

Ed Atlee
2005-01-24, 20:06
"Gerard Lupton" <gerardl (AT) dsl (DOT) pipex.com> wrote in
message news:006401c5026d$006ea830$6401a8c0 (AT) gerard (DOT) ..
> Ok so its possible, is there an idiots guide to this anywhere? also are
> there any security issues?
> Thanks for the help Johnathan and Ben
> Regards
> Gerard

Don't know if there's an idiot's guide, but here's somewhat of a rambling
description. It helps if one of you knows your way around the web interface
to your brother's router. Depending on your level of knowledge with that
and networking in general, you may want to make liberal use of Google :-)

There's a *potential* security issue anytime you open a port on your
firewall, but in this case, it's probably not high-risk...you (or rather,
your brother) definitely want to set a username and password on the
SlimServer, that's under Server Settings | Security. On that page, you can
also set filters on the IP addresses that are allowed to connect to the
SlimServer in question (in this case, your brother's). So if you were
always going to connect from a static IP, you could set up to only allow
that IP. If you get a dynamically assigned address from your ISP (likely),
you could use wildcards to at least provide *some* level of safety. For
example, if your ISP always assigns your router something like
213.45.xxx.xxx, you could put in 213.45.*, or something similar.

Of course, if your brother doesn't have a static IP address, he'll need to
set up for IP redirection, which can be done for free with an account from
no-ip.com or dyndns.org. They'll assign him, or rather let him choose, a
URL like mybrotherspc (AT) dyndns (DOT) org. Then he can install client software on
his PC that can tell dyndns.org when his IP address changes. In my case, my
Linksys router has built-in support for dyndns.org, so the router takes care
of the notification. (I'm really not sure how it works on a PC behind a
router, but I'm assuming it must). From there, I just set up port
forwarding on the router so that the relevant ports are forwarded to the PC
running the SlimServer.

From there, accessing the SlimServer from your PC is described at:
http://www.slimdevices.com/su_faq.html#advanced

Hopefully the above can get you started, the only thing I would add is you
might want to make sure your brother's not using his PC to render his home
movies to DVD at the same time you're trying to stream MP3s off of it ;-)

Ed