I want a Wi-Fi to stereo out adapter
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 14:00:01 -0700
Dan Kohn writes:
> 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).
I suspect such a product is inevitable, because I completely
buy the idea that 802.11b is in an adoption tornado which will
continue to drive down costs and drive up capabilities.
> 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.
Having the NSR(s) as generic sound-output sinks would be a nice
lowest-common-denominator capability, but would probably result
in a wasteful (and potentially sound-degrading) process like:
The NSR might have enough capability that it should really
become a remote MP3 cache-and-player. Hell, why not make it
a full windows PC, running a slaved WinAmp -- you get the UI
you want, the MP3s get shuffled around behind the scenes
That is, what you *really* want might be:
- a brick PC with...
- nice audio and video chips/outputs
- 256MB+ RAM
- no hard drive, CDrom, or disk drive
- 802.11b, capable of operating as access point, client,
Hell, make the 802.11b capable of doing all those roles at
once, with multiple networks, simultaneously. (That's a
simple matter of software, right?)
Now, the only external controls on this brick should be to
set "who it listens to for commands/new software inserts".
This could take the form of luggage-lock style numeric
tumblers (for the retro-tactile) or some other single-touch
configuration plate (Google query: "Resurrecting Duckling").
An external reset button always restores the brick to
Shouldn't such a beast be possible, in volume, for under
With one package of software, this is Dan's desired NSR.
With another, it's a windowsill node for neighborhood
resource-sharing networks, which route around ISP
terms-of-service and filtering.
Gordon Mohr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal - http://xavvy.com
> Note that Bluetooth originally planned to offer this, but Bluetooth has
> now been declared dead.
> There are several offerings in this space using HomePNA, proprietary 2.4
> GHz signaling, and USB, but nothing Wi-Fi based yet.
> - dan
> Dan Kohn <mailto:email@example.com>
> <http://www.dankohn.com/> <tel:+1-650-327-2600>