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AndyK
2009-11-01, 15:11
Hi

I'm currently thinking of getting a setup like this:

A Duet receiver will be connected to my A/V receiver. A controller will be used for controlling music around the appartment. However I ilke the idea of the touch screen device being placed on a shelf, enabling guests to easily create playlists when throwing a party.

The SB Touch would not be connected to anything, and it would only be used to control the receiver.

So... is this possible?

I should mention that the reason I'm not just connecting the Touch to the A/V receiver is that, while I might accept a thin coaxial cable going from the Touch, an ethernet cable is out of the question. As I've read that a 802.11g network doesn't really cut it for streaming music (FLAC files) when part of the bandwidth is used for the controller. Or is the Touch able to connect to one wireless network for streaming music while itself being access point for another network to which the controller will connect?

Hope it makes sense
Thanks in advance

aubuti
2009-11-01, 15:17
Yes, you can use the SB Touch as a controller for the SB Duet Receiver. But what you heard about 802.11g not being capable of streaming FLAC and SBC traffic at the same time is simply wrong. In some cases individual wifi networks have problems, but FLACs + SBC traffic is nowhere near maxing out an 11g network.

AndyK
2009-11-02, 08:29
Yes, you can use the SB Touch as a controller for the SB Duet Receiver. But what you heard about 802.11g not being capable of streaming FLAC and SBC traffic at the same time is simply wrong. In some cases individual wifi networks have problems, but FLACs + SBC traffic is nowhere near maxing out an 11g network.

Thank you for the reply

As far as I know, the Touch is supplied with a infrared remote, so that it will work with a Harmony, is this correct?.
If so, will I then be able to control a receiver via a harmony that controls the touch? I assume it will work but I just want to make sure it's possible.

Regarding audio streaming maxing out the network, I guess the guy experiencing this was also using it heavily for downloading etc to cause stuttering in the sound and slow response on the controller. At the moment I have a 11b device on my network and with that on, I assume the network will have trouble coping with the traffic (although I have ordered a 2200bg mini PCI card for my GFs old thinkpad - dirt cheap at the moment.
Even with that out of the way, I still feel more secure with wired connection for the audio traffic and also the price for the controller alone is very high compared to buying a controller+receiver set so its hard to "justify" not getting the receiver also.

I have a (hopefully) final question:
When using the Touch to control the receiver, will it then also pull an audio stream from the network because it assumes it's connected to an amplifier, or is it possible to configure it in such a way that it will ONLY function as a control device?

Thanks in advance

radish
2009-11-02, 11:26
As far as I know, the Touch is supplied with a infrared remote, so that it will work with a Harmony, is this correct?.
If so, will I then be able to control a receiver via a harmony that controls the touch?

Yes and yes.



Regarding audio streaming maxing out the network, I guess the guy experiencing this was also using it heavily for downloading etc to cause stuttering in the sound and slow response on the controller. At the moment I have a 11b device on my network and with that on, I assume the network will have trouble coping with the traffic (although I have ordered a 2200bg mini PCI card for my GFs old thinkpad - dirt cheap at the moment.
Even with that out of the way, I still feel more secure with wired connection for the audio traffic and also the price for the controller alone is very high compared to buying a controller+receiver set so its hard to "justify" not getting the receiver also.

So put the SBR in the bedroom as an extra zone. FLAC is a pretty insignificant amount of traffic for a decent wireless network to carry, and the Touch has a pretty big buffer.



When using the Touch to control the receiver, will it then also pull an audio stream from the network because it assumes it's connected to an amplifier, or is it possible to configure it in such a way that it will ONLY function as a control device?

Think of the Touch as a player and controller in one box. Just because the controller's doing something doesn't mean the player is - they're entirely seperate. So if nothing has told the player to start playing, it won't :)

snarlydwarf
2009-11-02, 11:37
So put the SBR in the bedroom as an extra zone. FLAC is a pretty insignificant amount of traffic for a decent wireless network to carry, and the Touch has a pretty big buffer.


Especially since virtually every SB owner eventually gets.. more. May as well do it initially.



Think of the Touch as a player and controller in one box. Just because the controller's doing something doesn't mean the player is - they're entirely seperate. So if nothing has told the player to start playing, it won't :)

Slight clarification: The Touch is a player, controller and even server in one box.