I want a Wi-Fi to stereo out adapter

Dan Kohn dan@dankohn.com
Sun, 19 Aug 2001 01:11:24 -0700

Based on the description at
<http://www.practicallynetworked.com/reviews/linksys_wap11.asp> I don't
think the Linksys product would work unless I bought two of them, and
hooked one up to an Ethernet hub.  Essentially, the problem seems to be
that 802.11b is really a master-slave not a P2P network, so you need an
802.11b client (i.e., slave) to interoperate.

Note also that the Dell system, although it comes closest to my
requirements, actually puts way too much intelligence in the networked
receiver for my tastes.  It's essentially creating a stand-alone MP3
player that happens to use your PC as it's file server.  I'd like to be
able to change songs using WinAmp (i.e., my native Windows interface),
rather than deal with a separate MP3 player.  Also, at $250 for the Dell
box plus $310 for the Orinoco Wi-Fi converter, this is not a solution
that I would want to buy several copies of for different locations.

That said, I appreciate your advice, and I may go ahead and buy this
combo for the experimental value.

		- dan
Dan Kohn <mailto:dan@dankohn.com>
<http://www.dankohn.com/>  <tel:+1-650-327-2600>

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Dossick [mailto:Steve@KnowNow.com] 
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2001 00:05
To: 'Dan Kohn'; fork@xent.com
Subject: RE: I want a Wi-Fi to stereo out adapter

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
to hook wired-only devices to a wireless network.  See
the details; you plug your ethernet-speaking mp3 player into this, slap
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 +

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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