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Jungle
2005-12-27, 09:38
Apologies if this is not the right forum for this question but I'm trying to find out which other devices are supported by SlimServer. Specifically, I'm looking at the Linksys WMA11B and hoping that this can use Slimserver as they are ccurrently on sale in the UK at roughly 30 a unit. I don't see these as a replacement for the Squeezeboxes - I already have two units and expect to buy more in the near future - but I like the idea of a really low cost unit which will do for casual listening and will also stream photos.

My problem with the Linksys is that it seems only to work with Windows and this house is strictly Mac only. As such, I need some form of server software to stream music from my iTunes library to the WMA11B.

Any helpful advice gratefully received.

slimpy
2005-12-27, 10:11
AFAIK, only the Roku Soundbridge can use Slimserver as server application (well, SB1-3 and SliMP3 of course). Most other units rely on a UPNP capable server.
For a Mac only environment I would use Airport Express as an inexpensive solution to stream directly from iTunes (if you really must, no photo support though) or use some wireless audio/video sender like this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000300L92/103-5232439-0796637?v=glance&n=172282, but beware they have lousy quality, bad reception and congest the 2.4Ghz band.

-s.

Michaelwagner
2005-12-27, 10:15
This is not one of the specifically supported hardware devices for the Slimserver. However, *if* (and I couldn't figure it out from the docs) it can browse over to a stream id like http://myslimserver:portnumber/stream.mp3
then it might work. A number of software players (winamp for one) work this way.

You might want to check out this review in Design Technica:
http://reviews.designtechnica.com/review1538.html

I glanced quickly over the manuals. It seems that you really need a PC to set it up. If you're an all-Mac household, that might be a real obstacle.

Then you need a TV to operate the thing, because it has no display of its own.

Perhaps someone else on the list will write and say they have one and know it accepts http streams.

Hope this helps.

Jungle
2005-12-28, 03:35
This is not one of the specifically supported hardware devices for the Slimserver. However, *if* (and I couldn't figure it out from the docs) it can browse over to a stream id like http://myslimserver:portnumber/stream.mp3
then it might work. A number of software players (winamp for one) work this way.

You might want to check out this review in Design Technica:
http://reviews.designtechnica.com/review1538.html

I glanced quickly over the manuals. It seems that you really need a PC to set it up. If you're an all-Mac household, that might be a real obstacle.

Then you need a TV to operate the thing, because it has no display of its own.

Perhaps someone else on the list will write and say they have one and know it accepts http streams.

Hope this helps.

Thanks for the advice - I did actually have an XP laptop which I used to get the device set up. Sadly, the software for the device is so badly written that I wasn't even able to get the device up and running properly - the XP driver didn't load properly. A quick scoot round the net shows that this is a fairly common problem and Linksys' technical support is as useful as a chocolate teapot! After spending 3 hours this morning trying to coax the device into life, I packed it all back in its box and will take it back to the retailer for a refund. Serves me right for being a cheapskate I suppose! When I plugged by SB3 back in, it came to life straight away and I was able to listen to music without any problems. Must be a lesson there somewhere...

brothers
2005-12-28, 07:01
I've got a couple of WMA11Bs, and they've worked quite well. Only real problem is the UI - it's painful scrolling through a large music collection, and there's no search capability. One of them has now been replaced by an SB3. I don't know if it's possible to stream to one from SlimServer - I'll probably poke at it later today.

One thing I did try, after reading your first post, was to program SlimServer's streaming URL into one of the Internet Radio "Favorites" slots in a LinkSys WMLS11B (another wireless media widget), and that worked quite well. No remote control of volume, but music selection is vastly easier than through the device's three-line LCD.

- Dennis Brothers

Michaelwagner
2005-12-28, 08:48
the software for the device is so badly written that I wasn't even able to get the device up and running properly - the XP driver didn't load properly. A quick scoot round the net shows that this is a fairly common problem

I think Linksys is pretty good at their core competancy, but this seems to be at some distance away, and maybe not their cup of tea.



Linksys' technical support is as useful as a chocolate teapot!

I like chocolate! You can send those teapots my way :-) I'll use them to make ice tea :-) :-) :-)


Serves me right for being a cheapskate I suppose!

I was tempted by them too, especially since they are nationally distributed and supported, you can pick them up in most electronics stores, best buy, future shop, etc. They're inexpensive. They may not be high quality sound but for a lot of applications, the sound quality is going to get thrown away by environmental noise or the downstream speakers anyways.

But they just seemed, I don't know, I couldn't really put my hands on it but every detail on the box description and on the web site was not quite the way I would have done it, every feature had a bit missing or done wrong, I just couldn't cozy up to the thing and get a good feeling about it.

In the end, especially in the US (where I am not), you can buy used sqeezeboxen for about the same price, and they have a chance of working well with my existing ones, etc.