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Julian Lomberg
2004-09-19, 10:51
I know this is probably an FAQ but I really haven't found any real
answer from searching the archives. Maybe Slimdevices just can't give
an answer because they're scared of freezing sales of the existing
product, but I'm amazed that more people aren't screaming for this.

I've been keeping half an eye on the Slimdevices products ever since
they started and I really, really want one, but unfortunately the product
just won't do what I need it to do (as I understand it). It is pretty much
impossible for me to run a wired network between my computer and
my hifi so I need the wireless version, but I have a pretty high-end
audio system so I want to use uncompressed files. As I understand it
the bandwidth on 802.11b is just on the limit for uncompressed audio
so I am quite likely to get dropouts if I try, hence it seems that I am
doomed to be stuck here watching and waiting until an 802.11g version
is released.

I have considered competitive devices but most of them don't offer
SPDIF digital coax output and that is the only input that my audio
system will accept (it doesn't even accept analogue input of any kind).
I have also considered getting the wired version and buying a dedicated
802.11g bridge to interface with my network but that is just too much
clutter and hassle.

Is it possible to give me any idea how long it might be until an 802.11g
version is available?

- Julian

jacobdp
2004-09-19, 11:29
On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 18:51:05 +0100, Julian Lomberg <julian (AT) lomberg (DOT) net> wrote:
> As I understand it
> the bandwidth on 802.11b is just on the limit for uncompressed audio
> so I am quite likely to get dropouts if I try, hence it seems that I am
> doomed to be stuck here watching and waiting until an 802.11g version
> is released.

It's primarily a factor of signal quality. There are a number of
people who have no problem streaming uncompressed data.

Technically, uncompressed audio is approximately 1.5mbps, which is
well below the limit for 802.11b. However, signal problems can lower
the available data rate substantially. How obstructed is the path from
your access point to the stereo?

- Jacob

Daniel Cohen
2004-09-19, 12:00
On 19/9/04 at 6:51 pm +0100, Julian Lomberg wrote
>It is pretty much
>impossible for me to run a wired network between my computer and
>my hifi so I need the wireless version, but I have a pretty high-end
>audio system so I want to use uncompressed files.

Some people (I'm not one, so others will have to give details) have
reported success using one of the Ethernet over powerline systems.
--
Daniel Cohen