I want a Wi-Fi to stereo out adapter

Steve Dossick Steve@KnowNow.com
Sun, 19 Aug 2001 00:05:16 -0700

Cool idea.  I think you could do this right now with one of the existing
ethernet-enabled units in a couple of ways.

Lucent (Orinoco) makes an ethernet-to-802.11b connector box to make it easy
to hook wired-only devices to a wireless network.  See
http://www.wavelan.com/template.html?section=m57&page=125&envelope=93 for
the details; you plug your ethernet-speaking mp3 player into this, slap a
lucent 802.11 card into the pcmcia slot, and start streaming :)
Warehouse.com has this box for $219, plus the 64-bit encryption card for
another $89, and you've got a wireless solution for around $300 + shipping.

Another possibility is the Linksys WAP11 802.11 access point.  With the
latest firmware upgrade, it purportedly can be put into a bridging mode
where it acts as a repeater for the ethernet devices connected to it.  I
have one of these devices, altho I'm not using this bridging mode.
Warehouse has this one for $219.

Steve Dossick
Chief Architect
KnowNow, Inc.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Kohn [mailto:dan@dankohn.com]
> Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2001 10:41 PM
> To: fork@xent.com
> Subject: I want a Wi-Fi to stereo out adapter
> Here's a simple enough product I would like to buy, that doesn't
> currently seem to exist.  I want a network sound receiver (NSR) that I
> can hook up to the stereo systems in my living room, bedroom, and
> office.  I would use then use the NSRs to play MP3s from my laptop
> without having to hook up cables.  The NSR would consist of a standard
> 1/8" male stereo jack or RCA male stereo jacks (i.e., stereo 
> out) and an
> 802.11b Wi-Fi adapter (for sound in, using UDP/IP).
> With the NSR, I'd like bundled a piece of Windows software that allows
> me to direct my sound output to any of NSR on the network.  You'd want
> to do password protection for security (especially if you're going to
> potentially enable access from any Internet-connected sound 
> source), but
> the NSR could be quite simple.
> Note that Bluetooth originally planned to offer this, but 
> Bluetooth has
> now been declared dead.
> http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1270-210-6832075-1.html
> There are several offerings in this space using HomePNA, 
> proprietary 2.4
> GHz signaling, and USB, but nothing Wi-Fi based yet.
> http://music.cnet.com/music/0-1566073-7-4718183.html
> 		- dan
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