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Jim Dye
2004-04-07, 10:20
Greetings,

I am considering purchasing a Squeezebox and had a question I could not find
addressed in the mailing list archives.

I do not currently have a home wireless network. I don't currently have
broadband access. The only reason I would install a wireless network is to
connect to a Squeezebox. Would I be able to connect to a Squeezebox by
simply installing a wireless PCI adapter, or do I also have to get a
router/access point? I guess my question boils down to this. What is the
least expensive way to connect my computer wirelessly to a Squeezebox?

Thanks,

Jim

Jason Holtzapple
2004-04-07, 10:30
The FAQ says that ad-hoc mode is supported, so just a PCI wireless
card should work!

--Jason

Jim Dye wrote:
>
> Greetings,
> I am considering purchasing a Squeezebox and had a question I could not
> find addressed in the mailing list archives.
> I do not currently have a home wireless network. I don't currently have
> broadband access. The only reason I would install a wireless network is
> to connect to a Squeezebox. Would I be able to connect to a Squeezebox
> by simply installing a wireless PCI adapter, or do I also have to get a
> router/access point? I guess my question boils down to this. What is the
> least expensive way to connect my computer wirelessly to a Squeezebox?
> Thanks,
> Jim
>

dean
2004-04-07, 10:33
Hi Jim,

You should be able to install a wireless adaptor in your PC (I've
tested with a USB version here, and it worked great although the
wireless signal strength wasn't great.)

You'll need to set up the network to be "ad hoc" as opposed to
"infrastructure", but after that it should be able to connect just
fine.

All the best,

dean

On Apr 7, 2004, at 10:20 AM, Jim Dye wrote:

>
> Greetings,
> I am considering purchasing a Squeezebox and had a question I could
> not find addressed in the mailing list archives.
> I do not currently have a home wireless network. I don't currently
> have broadband access. The only reason I would install a wireless
> network is to connect to a Squeezebox. Would I be able to connect to a
> Squeezebox by simply installing a wireless PCI adapter, or do I also
> have to get a router/access point? I guess my question boils down to
> this. What is the least expensive way to connect my computer
> wirelessly to a Squeezebox?
> Thanks,
> Jim
>

Pat Farrell
2004-04-07, 13:36
At 01:20 PM 4/7/2004, Jim Dye wrote:
>I am considering purchasing a Squeezebox and had a question I could not
>find addressed in the mailing list archives.

Have you considered using it with a wired connection?
While the wireless is cool, wires are cheap if you have access
to run them. You can run a wire for a lot less than the price
of even a single wireless point.

If you just have a computer and a SqueezeBox, all you need
is a crossover cable, which costs about $10.

I started out wireless and converted over to a wire.

S. Ben Melhuish
2004-04-07, 13:37
Jim Dye wrote:

> I am considering purchasing a Squeezebox and had a question I could not
> find addressed in the mailing list archives.
> I do not currently have a home wireless network. I don't currently have
> broadband access. The only reason I would install a wireless network is
> to connect to a Squeezebox....

You may have already considered and dismissed the idea, but on the
off-chance that you didn't know: The Squeezebox does have an Ethernet
jack in addition to the wireless interface, so simply laying down some
cable may be your simplest option.

-- S. Ben Melhuish

Mark Bennett
2004-04-07, 14:28
I can confirm that I've successfully had my W2K laptop with a PCMCIA
802.11g card acting as a server, and connected in adhoc mode. In
fact the network card is set to "either" mode, so if it finds an AP
it uses it, otherwise tries to connect in adhoc mode. Didn't need to
do anything special with the squeezebox other than set the right
IP/gateway address. Works perfectly.

The cheapest solution is still a cable though, as others have pointed
out. If you need to go wireless I second the idea that an external
wireless access point might provide more flexibility on aerial
positioning.


dean blackketter wrote:
> Hi Jim,
>
> You should be able to install a wireless adaptor in your PC (I've tested
> with a USB version here, and it worked great although the wireless
> signal strength wasn't great.)
>
> You'll need to set up the network to be "ad hoc" as opposed to
> "infrastructure", but after that it should be able to connect just fine.
>
> All the best,
>
> dean
>
> On Apr 7, 2004, at 10:20 AM, Jim Dye wrote:
>
>>
>> Greetings,
>> I am considering purchasing a Squeezebox and had a question I could
>> not find addressed in the mailing list archives.
>> I do not currently have a home wireless network. I don't currently
>> have broadband access. The only reason I would install a wireless
>> network is to connect to a Squeezebox. Would I be able to connect to a
>> Squeezebox by simply installing a wireless PCI adapter, or do I also
>> have to get a router/access point? I guess my question boils down to
>> this. What is the least expensive way to connect my computer
>> wirelessly to a Squeezebox?
>> Thanks,
>> Jim
>>