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Torgeir Veimo
2004-07-23, 06:05
I would really like to be able to use the squeezebox as the audiodevice
also when playing DVDs on my Linux box.

From my limited knowledge about the squeezebox & slimserver, the audio
data transfer is by tcp, but initiated by the squeezebox, connecting to
the slimserver? Would it be possible, eg. by writing an alsa driver, to
stream audio data directly to the squeezebox without involving the
slimserver?


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Torgeir Veimo <torgeir (AT) pobox (DOT) com>

Jeffrey Gordon
2004-07-23, 06:15
What would the benefit be? You can issue commands to slimserver via CLI
if you want to do scripting. You would pretty much need to write a
driver interface for ALSA, and turn the SB into a TCP audio card
basically. Not something I would want to do for little gain in
functionality.

Torgeir Veimo wrote:
> I would really like to be able to use the squeezebox as the audiodevice
> also when playing DVDs on my Linux box.
>
>>From my limited knowledge about the squeezebox & slimserver, the audio
> data transfer is by tcp, but initiated by the squeezebox, connecting to
> the slimserver? Would it be possible, eg. by writing an alsa driver, to
> stream audio data directly to the squeezebox without involving the
> slimserver?
>
>

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Torgeir Veimo
2004-07-23, 06:20
On Fri, 2004-07-23 at 09:15 -0400, Jeffrey Gordon wrote:
> What would the benefit be?

The gain would be to make it instantly usefull as a wireless soundcard
for any application that I run on the linux box, including vdr for tv
viewing and xine for dvd viewing.

> You can issue commands to slimserver via CLI
> if you want to do scripting. You would pretty much need to write a
> driver interface for ALSA, and turn the SB into a TCP audio card
> basically. Not something I would want to do for little gain in
> functionality.

So it is technically possible, without altering the firmware in the
squeezebox?

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Torgeir Veimo <torgeir (AT) pobox (DOT) com>

Torgeir Veimo
2004-07-23, 06:23
On Fri, 2004-07-23 at 14:20 +0100, Torgeir Veimo wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-07-23 at 09:15 -0400, Jeffrey Gordon wrote:
> > What would the benefit be?
>
> The gain would be to make it instantly usefull as a wireless soundcard
> for any application that I run on the linux box, including vdr for tv
> viewing and xine for dvd viewing.

It's not that I cannot use the slimserver and it would be nice to
control any of these applications through the squeezebox remote and
display as well, it's just that in the case of vdr, it really need to
control audio sync itself.

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Torgeir Veimo <torgeir (AT) pobox (DOT) com>

dean
2004-07-23, 09:49
On Jul 23, 2004, at 6:20 AM, Torgeir Veimo wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-07-23 at 09:15 -0400, Jeffrey Gordon wrote:
>> What would the benefit be?
>
> The gain would be to make it instantly usefull as a wireless soundcard
> for any application that I run on the linux box, including vdr for tv
> viewing and xine for dvd viewing.
This is possible, but would be challenging for video, due to the delays
in the network and buffering to the Squeezebox. i.e. the video would
need to be delayed...

>
>> You can issue commands to slimserver via CLI
>> if you want to do scripting. You would pretty much need to write a
>> driver interface for ALSA, and turn the SB into a TCP audio card
>> basically. Not something I would want to do for little gain in
>> functionality.
>
> So it is technically possible, without altering the firmware in the
> squeezebox?
Technically possible, but you'd need to develop the appropriate
software on the sending side.

-dean