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ichilton
2007-04-29, 13:04
Hi,

I've just got a Squeezebox 3 Wired from ebay and I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade it to a wireless version myself?

Sometimes this type of wireless devices just have a PCMCIA card in a slot inside - is that the case with the Squeezebox or is the hardware completely different between the 2 versions?

Thanks

Ian

JJZolx
2007-04-29, 14:08
Hi,

I've just got a Squeezebox 3 Wired from ebay and I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade it to a wireless version myself?

Sometimes this type of wireless devices just have a PCMCIA card in a slot inside - is that the case with the Squeezebox or is the hardware completely different between the 2 versions?

Mini-PCI card. See the photos:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=19822

ichilton
2007-04-30, 00:34
Hi,

That's interesting - I wonder what cards it will work in it - I have a few Mini PCI cards in the drawer that I got for my laptop but they wouldn't work.

Thanks

Ian

funkstar
2007-05-01, 12:00
It will have to be the exact card used in the wireless version, the software it written specifically for it.

You might be able to find one from another source, or you could contact support @ slimdevices.com directly and see if you could buy one direct?

ichilton
2007-05-02, 00:14
Hi,

Thanks - i've e-mailed them.

Ian

mustbemad
2007-05-21, 07:31
Well I just tried this, came on here to post results & found this thread...

I tried the Broadcom module out of a bricked Linksys WRT54G router - no good. The SB wouldn't power up.

So I tried a generic Chinese module out of another router connected with my work - unmarked in terms of a manufacturer. Bingo!

Works perfectly on Wifi.

I fitted the aerial through the blanking plug.

If you have a few to chose from then try one, though I guess its possible you might kill it trying...

AndyC_772
2007-05-21, 08:48
I'd have thought you should be OK provided they're all mini-PCI cards. The greatest risk is probably from damage by electrostatic discharge, if you don't handle the card and the SB with the proper precautions.

Disclaimer: all at your own risk, yadda yadda...

ichilton
2007-05-21, 08:51
Hi,

Cool - that's interesting.

It worked out even better for me - when my Squeezebox arrived from Ebay it was actually a wireless version anyway!!

Ian

BNAL
2007-05-25, 04:04
You can use an external ethernet converter. This is what I did when I discovered that the wireless card was causing nose in my right channel. I use the Buffalo Tech converter.

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/wireless/wireless-g-mimo-performance/wireless-g-mimo-performance-ethernet-converter/

slim_maikel
2007-11-10, 11:04
Hi guys,

I recently upgrade my wired only SB3 with the this mini-PCI card that I purchased on ebay and came flown over from US:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150172917370&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=005
based on: Atheros Chipset AR2413+SST12LP14
and the aerials:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=320176385078&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=011
Once I changed the settings on my Netgear DG834GT (fw: V1.02.09 -UberGT 1.06 beta4) from 108Mbps tp g&b the SB3 connected straight away to my wl network encrypted with WPA-PSK.
I also updated to the latest slimserver sw, currently 6.5.4 running on SLES 10 SP1.
Hope that helps you to get wings onto your SB3
Maikel

quietdragon
2008-09-14, 09:59
I recently upgrade my wired only SB3 with the this mini-PCI card that I purchased on ebay and came flown over from US:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150172917370&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=005
based on: Atheros Chipset AR2413+SST12LP14
and the aerials:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=320176385078&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=011
My SB3 wireless card has died, and I'm looking at replacing it.

These eBay links have now expired.

Would you post some details of the particulars of the mini-PCI card that you have?



Some more interesting information.

This eBay vendor is selling a TP-Link TL-WN560G (http://cgi.ebay.com/ATHEROS-802-11g-b-WiFi-54Mbps-Mini-PCI-LAPTOP-CARD-RG_W0QQitemZ150165458141QQihZ005QQcategoryZ45001QQ cmdZViewItem) based on the AR2413 and SST12LP14 chipsets.

The vendor's photo shows markings:

Wireless 11b/g mini-PCI 56
REV 1.0

BP ML E186014
94 V-0


The SB3 review at hothardware.com (http://hothardware.com/Articles/Squeezebox-Wireless-Media-Player1/?page=5) shows a picture of the SB3 wireless card WLANTPBG with markings (in slightly different locations):

Wireless 11b/g mini-PCI 56
REV 1.0

BP MLL E186014
94 V-0

quietdragon
2008-09-14, 10:39
This eBay vendor is selling a TP-Link TL-WN560G (http://cgi.ebay.com/ATHEROS-802-11g-b-WiFi-54Mbps-Mini-PCI-LAPTOP-CARD-RG_W0QQitemZ150165458141QQihZ005QQcategoryZ45001QQ cmdZViewItem) based on the AR2413 and SST12LP14 chipsets.


Hmm ... I wonder about the chipset details.

The TP-Link page at madwifi.org (http://madwifi.org/wiki/Compatibility/TP-Link) details the specifications of the TL-WN560G as (the TP-Link URL listed no longer works):



Chipset: AR5212 (802.11b/g)
URL: http://www.tp-link.com/products/product_des.asp?id=43
Interface: Mini PCI
Antenna Connector: U.FL
Device Information: PCI ID: 168c:001a (rev 01)


More confirmation that the TL-WN560G actually sports an AR5212 chipset can be found at www.wlan-ok.com (http://www.wlan-ok.com/product.php?productid=233) which says:



Atheros 5212 chipset.
TX power: 17 dBm
Supported standards: 802.1b/g
WEP: 64/128/152 bit
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Linux, Mikrotik
Simple driver and application
AD-Hoc/Infrastructure modes
Wireless Roaming
Weight 0.04 Kg
Supported standards 802.11b/g
Frequency 2.4 GHz
Receiver sensitivity 50-100 mW
Transfer rate 54 Mbps
WPA Yes
WEP 64/128/152 bit
AES Yes
WPA2/802.11i Yes


This is consistent with the post from Dean at SlimDevices (http://forums.slimdevices.com/showpost.php?p=98388&postcount=3) stating:



Midway through the life of the Squeezebox2 we did switch to a new wireless card. That new card is also used in Squeezebox v3.

Both the old and new card use an Atheros chipset, although the newer card uses a different chip than the older card (AR5212 vs AR2413).


The fact that the switch happened halfway through the life of the SB2 suggests a degree of compatibility between the two chipsets, and likely support for both in the drivers.

slim_maikel
2008-09-15, 07:16
Hi,

the one on the left picture is what I purchased.
Don't have/can't remember any more details for this card apart from the fact that it works flawlessly.

tubesguy
2008-09-17, 07:42
Um, left/right? I've got up/down pics in my browser window. Could you ID the item you are using? My wireless card in my SB3 has already failed once, causing a $90 repair, and I'd like to fix it myself if it happens again. TIA - Pat

slim_maikel
2008-09-17, 07:55
It's the one with the ID: TL-WN 560G

Good luck

tubesguy
2008-09-17, 14:04
Thanks - Pat

quietdragon
2008-09-17, 16:15
My wireless card in my SB3 has already failed once, causing a $90 repair, ... I was quoted $90 + shipping to repair a unit that is out of warranty.