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Eric Loomis
2004-06-19, 19:54
Okay,

For all you techies/experts,

I've had one of the original (purchased 2 years ago) slimp3's running my
whole house audio without a hitch for some time now. Now I want some
more features. My slimp3 is in the basement (where all my speaker wires
are home run to). I have speakers in almost every room on first floor
and second (even both patios). Question is now I want to "see" whats
playing in at least one room on each level of the house and be able to
control it (FF, new playlist, play by genre, etc.) without having to go
to my desktop, or flip open my laptop (I have wired and wireless net
running). What option do folks suggest:

1) One I assume would be to place additional slimp3s on each
level, synchronize them all, and then I could see what's playing and
have remote control in at least one room on each level. Sounds good but
expensive. How well does synching 3 slimp3s really work? Have many
folks done this???

2) Get a PocketPC with wireless that I could leave laying around -
not sure how well the skins/web browser would work though? Any
experience with this?

3) What are the other options?

If I choose #1 will I have any compatibility problems when synching
older device with the new squeezebox model?

Any help/suggestions/advise is greatly appreciated.

Eric



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Ken Anderson
2004-06-20, 03:57
Eric,

I have a setup that sounds very similar to yours. I have I/R receivers
in all the rooms hooked up to all my equipment in the basement, so I
can control the slimp3 from each room. To make it all work, I have a
little cheap video camera aimed at the slimp3's faceplate, and that
video output is hooked up to a channel on a channel plus video
modulator (on channel 82). So, when I tune any TV in the house to
channel 82, I see the front of the slimp3 on the TV and use a
programmed remote with the slimp3 I/R commands to navigate the menus.

Ken

On Jun 19, 2004, at 10:54 PM, Eric Loomis wrote:

> Okay,
>
>
>
> For all you techies/experts,
>
>
>
> Ive had one of the original (purchased 2 years ago) slimp3s running
> my whole house audio without a hitch for some time now. Now I want
> some more features. My slimp3 is in the basement (where all my
> speaker wires are home run to). I have speakers in almost every room
> on first floor and second (even both patios). Question is now I want
> to see whats playing in at least one room on each level of the house
> and be able to control it (FF, new playlist, play by genre, etc.)
> without having to go to my desktop, or flip open my laptop (I have
> wired and wireless net running). What option do folks suggest:
>
>
>
> 1) One I assume would be to place additional slimp3s on each
> level, synchronize them all, and then I could see whats playing and
> have remote control in at least one room on each level. Sounds good
> but expensive. How well does synching 3 slimp3s really work? Have
> many folks done this???
>
>
>
> 2) Get a PocketPC with wireless that I could leave laying around
> not sure how well the skins/web browser would work though? Any
> experience with this?
>
>
>
> 3) What are the other options?
>
>
>
> If I choose #1 will I have any compatibility problems when synching
> older device with the new squeezebox model?
>
>
>
> Any help/suggestions/advise is greatly appreciated.
>
>
>
> Eric
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Jules Taplin
2004-06-20, 04:22
As an alternative control device - If you've the right sort of mobile phone with bluetooth control - try running Bemsued on it (http://bemused.sf.net) - I've written a bridge for it that allows you to control SlimServer - (http://www.mrtickle.org/bemusedbridge.html). That's smart enough to allow you to control playlists, see what's playing, etc, etc. You can even select music to add to the playlist (although not by genre or anything smart - Bemused doesn't understand the concept).

It definately works for Series 60 Nokias, and UIQ Ericcson's - there's also a Java version for other Nokias, etc, but I haven't actually tried them myself.

That works perfectly for me - I'd be carrying my mobile around with me anyway - so it's no additional crap to lug about.


-- Jules
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Subject: [slim] Newbie (actually oldie) question


Okay,



For all you techies/experts,



I've had one of the original (purchased 2 years ago) slimp3's running my whole house audio without a hitch for some time now. Now I want some more features. My slimp3 is in the basement (where all my speaker wires are home run to). I have speakers in almost every room on first floor and second (even both patios). Question is now I want to "see" whats playing in at least one room on each level of the house and be able to control it (FF, new playlist, play by genre, etc.) without having to go to my desktop, or flip open my laptop (I have wired and wireless net running). What option do folks suggest:



1) One I assume would be to place additional slimp3s on each level, synchronize them all, and then I could see what's playing and have remote control in at least one room on each level. Sounds good but expensive. How well does synching 3 slimp3s really work? Have many folks done this???



2) Get a PocketPC with wireless that I could leave laying around - not sure how well the skins/web browser would work though? Any experience with this?



3) What are the other options?



If I choose #1 will I have any compatibility problems when synching older device with the new squeezebox model?



Any help/suggestions/advise is greatly appreciated.



Eric








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