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bec143
2005-04-18, 14:56
I'm using my SB2 wirelessly with Airport Extreme. I have been using uncompressed formats (to compare to a good CD player) and have dropouts that seem unrelated to signal strength. I switched from Apple lossless to AIFF, but no improvement. Happens with with the web interface or off. Always seems to go in spurts. That i, I can have no problems for quite some time, then a ton of dropouts. It never happens with internet radio.

I'm thinking it's a bandwidth problem that may be hard to solve short of going from wireless to ethernet, but this isn't possible for me.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Bruce

radish
2005-04-18, 17:03
Couple of things to check:

What does your signal strength look like? (go to Settings->Information->Player Information on the SB2)

What's happening to your buffer? (first enable the buffer fullness display on the web interface player settings page, then press now playing until the SB2 display shows the buffer size).

dean
2005-04-18, 17:22
Hi Bruce,

How is the computer connected to the network?

Also, could it be some kind of interference (a cordless phone or
microwave oven?


On Apr 18, 2005, at 2:56 PM, bec143 wrote:

>
> I'm using my SB2 wirelessly with Airport Extreme. I have been using
> uncompressed formats (to compare to a good CD player) and have dropouts
> that seem unrelated to signal strength. I switched from Apple lossless
> to AIFF, but no improvement. Happens with with the web interface or
> off. Always seems to go in spurts. That i, I can have no problems for
> quite some time, then a ton of dropouts. It never happens with
> internet
> radio.
>
> I'm thinking it's a bandwidth problem that may be hard to solve short
> of going from wireless to ethernet, but this isn't possible for me.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bruce

bec143
2005-04-18, 18:10
Thanks for the help so far. Here is what I know

1) The signal strength ranges from around 50-66%. I have never noticed a correlation between the dropouts and the signal. I fooled around a lot with Macstunbler and changing the frequencies, but no major affect.

2) I'll chack on the buffer stuff tonight.

3) I forgot to mention that the dropouts are usually worst when I'm just starting to play fromthe SB2. After a while it seems to lock on things much better. It also may be worse in the AM, but I can't see any affects of time of day on the signal strength.

4) The airport express is hooked up to the ISP via a cable modem. I checked the speed of the thing with a few bandwidth meters last night, always runs between 3-3.3 Mb.

Thanks,

Bruce

danco
2005-04-18, 23:38
On 18/4/05 at 6:10 pm -0700, bec143 wrote
>1) The signal strength ranges from around 50-66%. I have never noticed
>a correlation between the dropouts and the signal. I fooled around a
>lot with Macstunbler and changing the frequencies, but no major
>affect.
>
>2) I'll chack on the buffer stuff tonight.

Here's a thought for an enhancement.

Plenty programs (for showing signal strength of a wireless connection
etc) show the data in a constantly updating graph, that can be saved.
Would it be practical to have signal strength and buffer fullness
available on the Web interface on a page that showed this? At
present, one can only see what's happening at a particular instant,
not over time.
--
Daniel Cohen

Christian Pernegger
2005-04-19, 02:26
> Would it be practical to have signal strength and buffer fullness available on the Web
> interface on a page that showed this?

Definitely. Count me in.

C.