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Simon @ Home
2005-03-22, 06:18
> As some may recall from previous posts, I have always been
> able to stream PCM to my wireless SB1 with no problems.
> However, it seems that this was largely because the SB was
> only a few feet from the WAP.>
> I have since moved house and, currently my SB is at the other
> end of the house to the WAP with signal strength betweem 20% and 50%.
> Guess what? I get dropouts when playing back flac files!
> So, it seems that signal strength needs to be at a certain
> level in order for flac playback to be flawless.

I too used to have a pretty flawless set up with only very occasional drop
outs. I had my file server and Slimserver machine wired to my
adsl/router/firewall/hub and streamed wirelessly to my Squeezebox. Tested
signal strengths varied from 50% to 75%. 75% was definitely better than 50%!
However, now I too have moved and cannot manage any wired connections so the
file server, slimserver and Squeezebox are all independantly and wirelessly
connected to my adsl/router/firewall/hub. Signal strength in all cases is
above 70% (and the Squeezebox is 90%) but I get quite a few drop outs now
(one every 20 or 30 minutes or so, lasting for quite a few seconds at a
time). I have moved the wireless network from channel 11 to channel 13 to
achieve this level of drop outs, on any other channel it's considerably
worse.
:-(. This on XP.
Of course the drop outs may be due more to the interference in this tiny
village... I can see three other wireless networks via Netstumbler (none on
channel 13 though)... whereas in the Wired City (Brighton UK) there were
none nearby.

Simon Turner
Barcombe UK

seanadams
2005-03-22, 10:08
> file server, slimserver and Squeezebox are all independantly and
> wirelessly
> connected to my adsl/router/firewall/hub.


OUCH!!! this isn't going to work. If your slimserver is mounting its
music folder from another (also wireless) machine, this means your data
is hitting the airwaves a total of FOUR times ie 6 Mbps total bandwidth
usage!

file server -> access point -> slim server -> access point -> squeezebox

You need to get those computers on ethernet with the access point. Then
the only traffic on wireless is:

access point -> squeezebox