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Jon
2005-12-17, 08:53
I noticed a few posts from people using the Salton ePods (which runs WinCE 2.12) with their SqueezeBox devices. I am hoping to do the same, and am seeking advice from those who have tried this before me as to how well it works.

I do not yet own a Squeezebox, but I do own a couple of epods which I've hacked to add wireless capability; I've installed SlimServer on my computer, and have used my epods to navigate the SlimServer menus via the epods web browser. So I know that much works.

My goal is to have a SqueezeBox and an epods in (at least) two rooms in my house. The epods in a given room will be used to control the SqueezeBox in that room. My hope is that the users (especially my wife and kids) will never have to touch the SqueezeBox, instead using the epods to select the music they wish to play via the SlimServer menus. My CD collection is fairly extensive (1,200 CDs).

My questions are:
1. Can someone verify that this setup actually works (I don't yet have the Squeezebox to test)?

2. How is the performance of the epods browser for this application, when it comes to browsing through large lists of albums and artists?

3. Is there any way to cache the album list on the epods, to improve browser performance?

4. Any others words of wisdom to offer?

Thanks!

mherger
2005-12-17, 09:09
> 1. Can someone verify that this setup actually works (I don't yet have
> the Squeezebox to test)?

You'd have to bookmark the room's player on the ePods browser
(http://slimserver:9000/index.html?player=12:23:45:54:23)

> 2. How is the performance of the epods browser for this application,
> when it comes to browsing through large lists of albums and artists?

You can install slimserver without any risk (you did already, didn't
you?). Just try it. The performance on the ePods won't be better or worse
whether you have 100 or 1200 cds. It's browsing a web page. The server
will have to work hard.

> 3. Is there any way to cache the album list on the epods, to improve
> browser performance?

Not beyond the browser's caching capability.

> 4. Any others words of wisdom to offer?

Just test it. Install slimserver, run Softsqueeze (included with
slimserver) on the server and remote control it using the ePod.

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gjrhine
2005-12-17, 09:29
My goal is to have a SqueezeBox and an epods in (at least) two rooms in my house. The epods in a given room will be used to control the SqueezeBox in that room. My hope is that the users (especially my wife and kids) will never have to touch the SqueezeBox
The SqueezeBox comes with an excellent remote, you know. And the SqueezeBox does not have to be touched in any case.

Jon
2005-12-17, 09:43
The SqueezeBox comes with an excellent remote, you know. And the SqueezeBox does not have to be touched in any case.

Yes, I am aware of that. But I have trouble believing that my family and I will enjoy browsing our entire collection of 1,200 CDs on a screen that only supports a few lines of text, even with the help of that excellent remote. Hence my desire to control the SqueezeBox from a wireless, handheld web browser.

gjrhine
2005-12-17, 09:46
There is Search as well as many flavors of Browse and the text scrolls.

Mark Lanctot
2005-12-17, 09:52
You may want to try the interface first. Yes,
there are only two lines of text, but searching
and browsing is remarkably easy. Finding the song
you're looking for takes seconds.

Try it! You'll like it! :-)

Jon wrote:
> gjrhine Wrote:
>
>>The SqueezeBox comes with an excellent remote, you
know. And the
>>SqueezeBox does not have to be touched in any case.
>
>
> Yes, I am aware of that. But I have trouble
believing that my family
> and I will enjoy browsing our entire collection of
1,200 CDs on a
> screen that only supports a few lines of text, even
with the help of
> that excellent remote. Hence my desire to control
the SqueezeBox from
> a wireless, handheld web browser.
>
>

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