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john@quirkshop.co.uk
2004-06-04, 07:37
Hi Nikos, and welcome. I'm sure others will have filled in some of the
blanks, but I only get the digest, so here goes my 2c:
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I'm the happy owner of a SB wireless, and need to ask all you veterans some
questions.

1) Is there no STOP button on remote? I see that there is a STOP inthe web
interface, but the remote only has play/pause.

Press and hold PAUSE, it'll stop. Not obvious I know, but makes some
sense...

2) Are there any discrete codes for the SB to perform other functions that
one can use with a universal remote/pronto etc?

The Squeezebox on the latest firmware sends all RAW IR codesthrough to the
server. I use the SlimGUI connector from the XAP project sites to view the
content of these codes and assign event to them again in XAP. Check out :
www.xapautomation.org
for more info, or contact me off list, I'm putting together some
documentation on this, it is quite involved though. (And only works on MS
platforms as it's based on the .net framework...)


3) In the web interface, on the left IE pane, whenever I click on the song
directly (seems to be calling the "songinfo.html) , it ends up with "Page
can not be displayed". Adding the song to the playlist, or hitting the play
"|>" button on the left pane works fine though. What can be the cause of
this?

4) In my current setup I use
PC----wired----AP----wireless------SB->AVreceiver. The PC/AP is in the
office-room and the SB/AV is in the living room (some 30meters apart and
not in an "direct line of sight".
My best signal strength is 28%. This is marginal (some pausing while
playing) whenever I'm in front of the SB etc..

It would be worth popping the case open and checking the aerial connection
hasn't come loose, it wouldn;t be the first time...

Are there any plans to upgrade the SB to 802.11g? (my AP is G) . I would
expect this to shift the available bandwidth up quite a bit, for the same
28% signal strength. Would this upgrade be a firmware upgrade or would it
have to be a hardware upgrade (I fear so)

Plenty of dicussion on this already, search the archives on the slim site.

As a workaround, would it make sense to instruct the SB to lock on the
minimum bandwidth (it is 1Mbps under the 802.11b, right?) , no matter how
strong the signal is ? Would this help under marginal situations like mine,
where one does not stream FLAC,PCM, but only 320kbps (max) MP3s?

5) Complementary to the above, is there (or could there be) an option to
buffer more bits of a song whenever the signal allows it, so that under
stress conditions of quick/spikey lower signal/bandwidth, there wouldn't be
a pausing during playing (like the ESP memory buffers used in car cd
players to overcome bumpy road problems)

Dunnon about this.

6) Also, could someone please inform me if there is a way to search this
forum for info? Is there a keyword search someplace?

There's an archive available on the slimdevices website, and it's also
archived at gmane.org which is probably a better interface than the slim
one...

Thanks to everyone that provides feedback, and thank you Slimdevices for
making such a wonderful product.

Yeah, they do a pretty good job eh!

Nikos Kalofolias

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max barker
2004-06-06, 08:57
The slimserver connector is available from http://www.xapframework.net/

I'm interested in how you're assigning events to the codes. My plan is (when
I get a few hours spare) to alter the labelling on the JVC IR codes, learn
them to my Pronto universal remote, and assign events to them using the
homeseer xAP plugin (coming soon and it's rather spiffing). Although I'd
rather leave the JVC codes alone and add my own though.

I've only got Slimp3's at the moment and I don't believe the firmware will
throughput all RAW IR, not that I've checked yet,
but for those it does pass through could we just alter the slim devices ir
file and add buttons like:
xap1= 012345a
xap2= 012346b
xap3= 012347c

Would we also need to include these buttons in the DEFAULT map file:
xap1 = xap1
xap2 = xap2
xap3 = xap3

Max

> 2) Are there any discrete codes for the SB to perform other functions that
> one can use with a universal remote/pronto etc?
>
> The Squeezebox on the latest firmware sends all RAW IR codesthrough to the
> server. I use the SlimGUI connector from the XAP project sites to view the
> content of these codes and assign event to them again in XAP. Check out :
> www.xapautomation.org
> for more info, or contact me off list, I'm putting together some
> documentation on this, it is quite involved though. (And only works on MS
> platforms as it's based on the .net framework...)
>

> Nikos Kalofolias
>