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    R/J
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    Squeezebox Troubles on an OS X system

    I have an Airport network serving a desktop iMac, G4 iBook, both
    running OS X 10.3.2, and my Squeezebox, installed about three weeks
    ago. I've got the following questions and problems:

    Signal strength: my Ibook registers about 65% reception from the base
    station in the room where I keep the stereo (not a great distance in
    my small and fairly open NY apartment, perhaps 35', but passing through
    the kitchen). The Squeezebox reception ranges quite a bit, but is
    typically no higher than 24%, and dips below 10% often enough to be an
    ongoing problem. I purchased a cheapo Radio Shack antenna sold as a
    booster for linksys routers, but it hasn't helped much, if at all. What
    would be recommended to help with this?

    Server issues: the server software seems to bog down the machine after
    several hours running. I don't have many playlists, or any that are
    self referential or pointing to unavailable disks. I'm not much of a
    gearhead, so I don't know how to monitor memory usage or cpu cycles and
    such, but the machine becomes very sluggish and recovers once the
    server is shut down.

    Sometimes when everything seems to be working, the music stops even
    though the Squeezebox still reports that it's Playing. It's hard for
    me to check the signal strength at those times because the box is
    usually minimally responsive to the remote when this happens. Sometimes
    it recovers, sometimes not. I don't know if that's a problem with the
    transmission strength or something else.

    Moving down the scale of importance, the interaction of the server on
    the desktop is more sluggish than I would've expected given that all
    the information is local, even after it has finished scanning the
    library, and even if iTunes isn't running. It certainly lags in
    comparison
    with iTunes itself.

    Any help, in layman's english, that anyone could give on the above
    suite of difficulties would be greatly appreciated.

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    Gadfly, Former Founder Slim Devices dean's Avatar
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    Squeezebox Troubles on an OS X system

    Hi R/J,

    Gosh, sorry to hear about all the woes...

    On Jan 12, 2004, at 6:39 AM, R/J wrote:

    > I have an Airport network serving a desktop iMac, G4 iBook, both
    > running OS X 10.3.2, and my Squeezebox, installed about three weeks
    > ago. I've got the following questions and problems:
    >
    > Signal strength: my Ibook registers about 65% reception from the base
    > station in the room where I keep the stereo (not a great distance in
    > my small and fairly open NY apartment, perhaps 35', but passing
    > through the kitchen). The Squeezebox reception ranges quite a bit, but
    > is typically no higher than 24%, and dips below 10% often enough to be
    > an ongoing problem. I purchased a cheapo Radio Shack antenna sold as a
    > booster for linksys routers, but it hasn't helped much, if at all.
    > What would be recommended to help with this?

    We haven't tried out the booster antennas, so I don't know how much
    better they will work. Signal strengths in the range of 10%-24% are
    probably too low for reliable streaming. The best you can do, without
    adding additional hardware, is to try moving or reorienting the devices
    and antennas. Beyond that, adding another access point to your network
    may be the best solution.

    > Server issues: the server software seems to bog down the machine after
    > several hours running. I don't have many playlists, or any that are
    > self referential or pointing to unavailable disks. I'm not much of a
    > gearhead, so I don't know how to monitor memory usage or cpu cycles
    > and such, but the machine becomes very sluggish and recovers once the
    > server is shut down.

    Can you check the Activity Monitor when you have this issue and see if
    there's any obvious memory or CPU hogging going on? Also, have you
    tried the latest pre-release version of SlimServer available here:

    http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/latest

    > Sometimes when everything seems to be working, the music stops even
    > though the Squeezebox still reports that it's Playing. It's hard for
    > me to check the signal strength at those times because the box is
    > usually minimally responsive to the remote when this happens.
    > Sometimes it recovers, sometimes not. I don't know if that's a problem
    > with the transmission strength or something else.

    That's probably your wireless network fading out.

    > Moving down the scale of importance, the interaction of the server on
    > the desktop is more sluggish than I would've expected given that all
    > the information is local, even after it has finished scanning the
    > library, and even if iTunes isn't running. It certainly lags in
    > comparison
    > with iTunes itself.

    It shouldn't be that slow. How much memory does the server computer
    have? How big is your music library? Some more details on your system
    will help us figure out what's going on.

    -dean

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