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jbloewheedle
2008-05-14, 19:06
I have to agree with some of the posts regarding the suitability of the squeezebox etc for everyday use. I am in no way a techie, but have been using computers since we thought editing config.sys and autoexec.bat was pretty high tech.
It just seems there are a lot of issues with this system, especially concerning streaming internet radio. I travel a lot, and more times than often I come home to my wife complaining that the @#$^^! radio isn't working. Not to mention that the help documentation provided, perhaps for anyone except IT professionals, is essentially useless.
No question that it is a great concept, and probably the way of the future.
Got to go, it stopped working again.

Nonreality
2008-05-14, 19:38
The only problems I ever have is of my own. Fooling around with beta's, mixing a bunch of addons, tweaking and finding limits. When I just use the recommended version and just the addons I really need it runs great. I also have my library on a usb drive and the squeezebox is run on a wireless connection. I can see your point for some people that find a remote challenging (my wife, shhh) but not for most people that know a little bit about computers. It certainly isn't as bad as needing to be a computer tech to run it.

jbloewheedle
2008-05-14, 19:44
Thanks for the reply. I dont have any add ons or anything else. Main problem seems to be internet radio - I ripped all of my CD's using EAC onto an external drive and have had no problems playing them using squeezebox.
Cheers

Nonreality
2008-05-14, 20:52
So it works well for your ripped stuff just not for streamed. Not that this is a great idea but I was having trouble with streamed on all of my computers and decided to change wireless routers. It solved all my problems and now it's just like listening to my ripped music. I went with a Netgear wnr854t wireless router. Now all my music streams plus stuff like youtube run great. My old router was a fairly new super g type router but just never did the job like this new one. Another thing that impressed me is I can run the type N on my laptop and the squeezebox at the g level without a problem. With a lot of the routers I've seen and used you have to cut back to the lowest common denominator. Anyway just an idea if you could get access to a different router and eliminate that as a problem. If you have a Costco they're great about taking stuff back if it didn't make a difference.

Nonreality
2008-05-14, 20:53
So it works well for your ripped stuff just not for streamed. Not that this is a great idea but I was having trouble with streamed on all of my computers and decided to change wireless routers. It solved all my problems and now it's just like listening to my ripped music. I went with a Netgear wnr854t type N wireless router. Now all my music streams plus stuff like youtube run great. My old router was a fairly new super g type router but just never did the job like this new one. Another thing that impressed me is I can run the type N on my laptop and the squeezebox at the g level without a problem. With a lot of the routers I've seen and used you have to cut back to the lowest common denominator. Anyway just an idea if you could get access to a different router and eliminate that as a problem. If you have a Costco they're great about taking stuff back if it didn't make a difference.

bobkoure
2008-05-15, 04:50
Is this a rant or a request for some help?
If it's a rant, well, glad you got that off your chest. I know how you feel as I'm the IT guy in my house, so it's my fault if someone's printer won't print, etc...
Otherwise, you might mention some other system details.
For instance, are both your squeezebox and server connected wirelessly? If so, any chance of running a wire between your router and the server? Do other internet streams work OK (like Pandora or Rhapsody, if you're using them)? What if you "cut the server out of the loop" by connecting your player directly to squeezenetwork?

peter
2008-05-15, 06:41
bobkoure wrote:
> feel as I'm the IT guy in my house, so it's my fault if someone's
> printer won't print, etc...
>

No surprise there. Printers aren't ready for prime time ;)

Regards,
Peter

ds2021
2008-05-15, 07:02
My experience is that internet radio on the SB works as well as can be expected given the nature of the medium. Difficulties encountered typically surround problems with the radio feed itself, including server load issues, URL changes, and general internet connectivity issues. None of these relate to the SC or SB handling of the feed.

I myself prefer internet radio as a "fire and forget" solution to hearing new music, but I also understand that it is a relatively new medium with inherent issues. When one channel stops working for one of the above reasons, I know to switch. If no channel works, I know to revert to my music collection. If that doesn't work, I consider whether or not the network is the issue. If none of these are the issue, rarely the computer hosting SC gets a reboot. If there is a specific problem that you are running into with internet radio, perhaps a better description of the issue would lend itself to a solution.

Finally, I wonder if "prime time" is really applicable to any digital streaming audio device at this time. I cannot stand the thought of a physical media collection, but is a digital collection typical these days? For those that it is, the concept of streaming it over networks is still not a given in my experience.

Sike
2008-05-15, 09:03
Also remember that a support form is mainly for people who are reporting problems. People very rarly write on a forum to say all is going well.

Phil Leigh
2008-05-15, 10:52
Apart from self-inflicted injuries from adventurous nightly downloads, I've never had a serious problem that I couldn't solve myself in a few mins or maybe a question or two on this forum. I've never called support. It just works for me!