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usualsuspects
2005-10-11, 18:46
I bought a wireless SB2 because I was not sure if I could get a network wire to where my squeezebox lives, but I was able to hardwire it. I seem to recall that the wireless part of the SB2 was a "card". I have no use for wireless right now, so:

1) Can I easily remove the wireless “card”, and still have a working SB2?
2) Will it void my warranty?
3) Might it improve the SB2 sonically to not have the wireless hardware in it?
4) Hopefully the removal of the wireless is reversible, and I can put it back the way it was if I need wireless in the future.

I have the stock power supply, but I am considering getting a linear PS. Don’t know if that has any bearing on the wireless aspect, but thought I would mention that. I currently use the analog outs directly to my power amp, but might use the digital out to a DAC in the future.

seanadams
2005-10-11, 19:15
1) Can I easily remove the wireless “card”, and still have a working SB2?

Yes

2) Will it void my warranty?

If you use a hacksaw, possibly.

3) Might it improve the SB2 sonically to not have the wireless hardware in it?

I'd estimate not. The wireless card is inactive unless you choose it in setup (keep in mind these are used in laptops, ie low power requirements).

4) Hopefully the removal of the wireless is reversible, and I can put it back the way it was if I need wireless in the future.

Yep. HOWEVER: you can't buy a SB2 wired and make it wireless just by adding the card, because it won't wave the requisite mini-pci slot and antenna hardware.

usualsuspects
2005-10-11, 19:58
Thank you! I removed the card - that was easy (as long as you have a t10 driver). Mini-PCI - hmmm...a standard PCI bus...my dreams of SB2 hardware hacks are dashed when a google shows only wireless cards for Mini-PCI...no video cards, co-processors, serial ports, scsi, usb ports, A/D + D/A samplers - nada. bummer.