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R/J
2004-01-12, 10:50
On Jan 12, 2004, at 1:52 PM, discuss-request (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
wrote:

Thanks for the quick response.

>> I have an Airport network serving a desktop iMac, G4 iBook, both
>> running OS X 10.3.2, and my Squeezebox, installed about three weeks
>> ago. I've got the following questions and problems:
>>
>> Signal strength: my Ibook registers about 65% reception from the base
>> station in the room where I keep the stereo (not a great distance in
>> my small and fairly open NY apartment, perhaps 35', but passing
>> through the kitchen). The Squeezebox reception ranges quite a bit,
>> but is typically no higher than 24%, and dips below 10% often enough
>> to be an ongoing problem. I purchased a cheapo Radio Shack antenna
>> sold as a booster for linksys routers, but it hasn't helped much, if
>> at all. What would be recommended to help with this?
> We haven't tried out the booster antennas, so I don't know how much
> better they will work. Signal strengths in the range of 10%-24% are
> probably too low for reliable streaming. The best you can do, without
> adding additional hardware, is to try moving or reorienting the
> devices and antennas. Beyond that, adding another access point to
> your network may be the best solution.
So the discrepancy between the iBook's (Airport Extreme card) reception
and the Squeezebox's is not surprising then?

>> Server issues: the server software seems to bog down the machine
>> after several hours running. I don't have many playlists, or any that
>> are self referential or pointing to unavailable disks. I'm not much
>> of a gearhead, so I don't know how to monitor memory usage or cpu
>> cycles and such, but the machine becomes very sluggish and recovers
>> once the server is shut down.
> Can you check the Activity Monitor when you have this issue and see if
> there's any obvious memory or CPU hogging going on? Also, have you
> tried the latest pre-release version of SlimServer available here:
>
> http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/latest
I have turned on the server and will check the activity monitor when
the slowdown becomes apparent. But what process am I looking for? There
don't seem to be any called SlimServer. Also, I did find my way to the
page you linked to with the nightly/latest files, even prior to my
original post, but I don't know what to do with them once I've
downloaded them, or even which are relevant. Non-Unix-maven guidance
needed.

>> Sometimes when everything seems to be working, the music stops even
>> though the Squeezebox still reports that it's Playing. It's hard for
>> me to check the signal strength at those times because the box is
>> usually minimally responsive to the remote when this happens.
>> Sometimes it recovers, sometimes not. I don't know if that's a
>> problem with the transmission strength or something else.
> That's probably your wireless network fading out.
Check.

>> Moving down the scale of importance, the interaction of the server on
>> the desktop is more sluggish than I would've expected given that all
>> the information is local, even after it has finished scanning the
>> library, and even if iTunes isn't running. It certainly lags in
>> comparison with iTunes itself.
> It shouldn't be that slow. How much memory does the server computer
> have? How big is your music library? Some more details on your
> system will help us figure out what's going on.
It's somewhat faster on IE than Omniweb, but still often has
communication lags, especially while "Sending request for
/browseid3.html". It's running on an 800MHz G4 flat screen iMac, OS
10.3.2, w/512 MB of RAM. My music library is 37.5 Gigs, with 7200
songs. Let me know if there' s any other info that would be useful.

One more question: do you know if I could connect the Squeezebox to the
ethernet port on my Airport base station. And if so, would I use a
standard or crossover cable?

Thanks again for your help.

dean
2004-01-12, 11:12
Hi R/J,

On Jan 12, 2004, at 9:50 AM, R/J wrote:
>>> I have an Airport network serving a desktop iMac, G4 iBook, both
>>> running OS X 10.3.2, and my Squeezebox, installed about three weeks
>>> ago. I've got the following questions and problems:
>>>
>>> Signal strength: my Ibook registers about 65% reception from the
>>> base station in the room where I keep the stereo (not a great
>>> distance in my small and fairly open NY apartment, perhaps 35', but
>>> passing through the kitchen). The Squeezebox reception ranges quite
>>> a bit, but is typically no higher than 24%, and dips below 10% often
>>> enough to be an ongoing problem. I purchased a cheapo Radio Shack
>>> antenna sold as a booster for linksys routers, but it hasn't helped
>>> much, if at all. What would be recommended to help with this?
>> We haven't tried out the booster antennas, so I don't know how much
>> better they will work. Signal strengths in the range of 10%-24% are
>> probably too low for reliable streaming. The best you can do,
>> without adding additional hardware, is to try moving or reorienting
>> the devices and antennas. Beyond that, adding another access point
>> to your network may be the best solution.
> So the discrepancy between the iBook's (Airport Extreme card)
> reception and the Squeezebox's is not surprising then?

Unless they are in the exact same place, the strength will vary.

>>> Server issues: the server software seems to bog down the machine
>>> after several hours running. I don't have many playlists, or any
>>> that are self referential or pointing to unavailable disks. I'm not
>>> much of a gearhead, so I don't know how to monitor memory usage or
>>> cpu cycles and such, but the machine becomes very sluggish and
>>> recovers once the server is shut down.
>> Can you check the Activity Monitor when you have this issue and see
>> if there's any obvious memory or CPU hogging going on? Also, have
>> you tried the latest pre-release version of SlimServer available
>> here:
>>
>> http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/latest
> I have turned on the server and will check the activity monitor when
> the slowdown becomes apparent. But what process am I looking for?
It may be listed as "perl" or "slimserver"

> There don't seem to be any called SlimServer. Also, I did find my way
> to the page you linked to with the nightly/latest files, even prior to
> my original post, but I don't know what to do with them once I've
> downloaded them, or even which are relevant. Non-Unix-maven guidance
> needed.

Sorry, the nightly build failed again last night because the machine
that does it is still unplugged from MacWorld. It should be updated
with a Mac-friendly DMG file in a few minutes.

>>> Moving down the scale of importance, the interaction of the server
>>> on the desktop is more sluggish than I would've expected given that
>>> all the information is local, even after it has finished scanning
>>> the library, and even if iTunes isn't running. It certainly lags in
>>> comparison with iTunes itself.
>> It shouldn't be that slow. How much memory does the server computer
>> have? How big is your music library? Some more details on your
>> system will help us figure out what's going on.
> It's somewhat faster on IE than Omniweb, but still often has
> communication lags, especially while "Sending request for
> /browseid3.html". It's running on an 800MHz G4 flat screen iMac, OS
> 10.3.2, w/512 MB of RAM. My music library is 37.5 Gigs, with 7200
> songs. Let me know if there' s any other info that would be useful.
That should be plenty. Let's see what the Activity Monitor says and go
from there...

> One more question: do you know if I could connect the Squeezebox to
> the ethernet port on my Airport base station. And if so, would I use a
> standard or crossover cable?
You can plug it into the LAN port on a two-ethernet port Airport base
station (not the old graphite colored model). I believe that the ports
on the Airport auto crossover, so either cable should work.

-dean