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Richard O'Callaghan
2003-12-06, 12:26
Hey all,

I'm trying to find out what the best PDA setup is, in order to control
multiple squeezeboxes via the 'handheld' web interface on the slimserver.

At the moment, I'm testing a Palm M505 with Bluetooth card, connecting back
to a PC with Bluetooth, and thus allowing me to browse the network to the
Slimserver.

It works fine, but there is a delay from when I switch on the palm, and then
re-establish the Bluetooth connection (5-10 sec), and then browse.

Can anyone recommend an optimum setup. Will a WIFI PDA make a big
difference? - I know the data transfer will be faster, but will the
reconnection time be faster?

What about Pocket PC vs Palm for this function - especially with regard to
battery life. The last thing I want is a remote that I have to charge after
an hours use! (This is also why I would like to have the PDA switch off
after a period of inactivity to avoid battery drain - but then the
connection is lost!!)

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. I think this topic could be of
great interest to anyone who is trying to develop a whole-house system.

Thanks,

Richard

Jonathan Greene
2003-12-06, 12:47
How exactly are you connecting to your server with Bluetooth? I have
the same options with a Palm Tungsten C and T3. The C connects pretty
quickly, but the T3 is my primary Palm now... I just don't know how I
would connect to my server without a bluetooth to GPRS connection which
is much slower than my local wifi.



On Dec 6, 2003, at 2:26 PM, Richard O'Callaghan wrote:

> Hey all,
>
> I'm trying to find out what the best PDA setup is, in order to control
> multiple squeezeboxes via the 'handheld' web interface on the
> slimserver.
>
> At the moment, I'm testing a Palm M505 with Bluetooth card, connecting
> back
> to a PC with Bluetooth, and thus allowing me to browse the network to
> the
> Slimserver.
>
> It works fine, but there is a delay from when I switch on the palm,
> and then
> re-establish the Bluetooth connection (5-10 sec), and then browse.
>
> Can anyone recommend an optimum setup. Will a WIFI PDA make a big
> difference? - I know the data transfer will be faster, but will the
> reconnection time be faster?
>
> What about Pocket PC vs Palm for this function - especially with
> regard to
> battery life. The last thing I want is a remote that I have to charge
> after
> an hours use! (This is also why I would like to have the PDA switch off
> after a period of inactivity to avoid battery drain - but then the
> connection is lost!!)
>
> Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. I think this topic could
> be of
> great interest to anyone who is trying to develop a whole-house system.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Richard
>
>
>