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Christopher May
2004-09-01, 19:54
So whats the secret to clean signals?

I too have dropouts... but to be honest, I'm in a commercial district
with lots of cordless phones, microwaves and other wireless networks...

I get dropouts and I'm not browseing or re-scanning. Just playing the
music.

Chris

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of kdf
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 9:56 PM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] dropouts


Quoting Phillip Kerman <lists (AT) phillipkerman (DOT) com>:

> >
> > I have a couple issues:
> >
> > --when playing back apple lossless, does it get compressed first if
> > I have set the "bitrate limiting"? Seems to dropout the same as my
> > FLACs with no
> > limit (see below).
> >
> > --what settings can I tune in order to make FLACs arrive at the SB
> > without compression. That is, I want to use "no limit" but I keep
> > getting drop
> > outs. The SB is wireless but within 30' of the wireless
> > access point. I'm
> > getting signal strength around 80%.
> >
>
> Though I started this thread, I've come to the conclusion that I can't

> do FLAC uncompressed on my wireless network. Not the end of the
> world--I'll just get a long ethernet cable... I hope that works the
> same as my tests with a shorter cable.
>
> Anyway, I think part of the issue was my own misunderstanding.
> Namely, I figured if my FLAC was 900Kbps that the network has to be
> able to handle that bandwidth. In fact, because the decompression
> happens on the server, the network has to handle the full 1440Kbps (or

> whatever a CD is). So... yeah, I'd like to see decompression happen
> on the client side.
>
> Do people have trouble with drop outs over a standard 100Mbps network?

> Right now I have two wireless SBs; one wireless laptop on most of the
> time; a second wireless laptop sometimes; and the server machine wired

> to a router and cable modem.
>
> I can hear the difference between 320Kbps on-the-fly MP3 vs. true
> FLAC. Is it realistic to have FLAC without dropouts?

my hardwired phone refuses to keep a call longer than 10 minutes, but my
wireless squeezebox can play flac uncompresed, just fine. The only
dropouts I get are when I'm doing a full rescan from a wpied cache while
refreshing the browse by artwork screen a few times.

-kdf

Jason Holtzapple
2004-09-01, 21:13
Christopher May wrote:
> So whats the secret to clean signals?
>
> I too have dropouts... but to be honest, I'm in a commercial district
> with lots of cordless phones, microwaves and other wireless networks...

I had no dropouts playing FLAC->WAV->Squeezebox (dedicated server, wireless 60% signal)
*except* when running the microwave oven. There was other interference as well
with cordless phones and neighboring APs.

The microwave oven trouble eventually led me to replace the wireless with
a powerline networking bridge and I haven't had any dropouts since.