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  1. #1
    gallivanorama@googlemail.com
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    Send wireless signal from laptop?

    Bit of a weird one this I'm afraid so I hope someone has a
    suggestion?!
    I have laptop, which picks up broadband via an Ethernet wire attached
    to a router - it seems the wireless broadband signal is too weak to
    connect wirelessly.
    I have just purchased an internet radio but it does not have an
    Ethernet port so its al but useless as again the broadband wi-fi is
    too weak.
    is there any way my laptop could send the signal out to the radio?
    Many thanks for your time.

  2. #2
    Harry
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    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?


    <gallivanorama@googlemail.com> wrote in message
    news:03924e5b-a7ba-4e2e-bcbd-b013b7892b5c@59g2000hsb.googlegroups.com...
    > Bit of a weird one this I'm afraid so I hope someone has a
    > suggestion?!
    > I have laptop, which picks up broadband via an Ethernet wire attached
    > to a router - it seems the wireless broadband signal is too weak to
    > connect wirelessly.
    > I have just purchased an internet radio but it does not have an
    > Ethernet port so its al but useless as again the broadband wi-fi is
    > too weak.
    > is there any way my laptop could send the signal out to the radio?
    > Many thanks for your time.
    >

    Fit a wireless access point to the ethernet connection your laptop is
    connected to and have both laptop and internet radio working from
    the access point.




  3. #3
    Bill Kearney
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    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    > I have laptop, which picks up broadband via an Ethernet wire attached
    > to a router


    Either change that router out for one that has WiFi features or hang a WiFi
    access point (essentially a dumbed-down router) off one of the exsting
    router's ethernet ports. That way you'll have you own local wifi network.
    Usable for the internet radio (pretty useless gadgets if you ask me) as well
    as your laptop (assuming it has a wifi card in it).

    -Bill Kearney


  4. #4
    gallivanorama@googlemail.com
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    Hi,
    the current set up i have is a wireless Ethernet bridge which is
    then connectted to my laptop via an ethernet cable. This is a bit
    confusing as this bridge must be picking up a strong signal?!
    thanks again.

  5. #5
    Joker7
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    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    To restore balance to the world Bill Kearney wrote in
    gK-dnTaq3McoTKTVnZ2dnUVZ_rXinZ2d@speakeasy.net
    <snip>
    >(pretty useless gadgets if you ask me)


    Why is your thinking a internet radio is a pretty useless gadget?

    >> -Bill Kearney







    --
    Superb hosting & domain name deals http://dn-22.co.uk



  6. #6
    seaweedsl
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    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    On May 25, 3:09 pm, "gallivanor...@googlemail.com"
    <gallivanor...@googlemail.com> wrote:
    > Hi,
    > the current set up i have is a wireless Ethernet bridge which is
    > then connectted to my laptop via an ethernet cable. This is a bit
    > confusing as this bridge must be picking up a strong signal?!
    > thanks again.


    What's the wireless ethernet bridge talking to? Your Internet
    service provider or.....?

    As others are suggesting, hang an AP off of the ethernet bridge.
    Then your laptop and radio will have a wireless connection that works
    locally.

  7. #7
    Jeff Liebermann
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    On Mon, 26 May 2008 19:30:18 +0100, "Joker7" <sat_ring@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >To restore balance to the world Bill Kearney wrote in
    >gK-dnTaq3McoTKTVnZ2dnUVZ_rXinZ2d@speakeasy.net
    ><snip>
    >>(pretty useless gadgets if you ask me)

    >
    >Why is your thinking a internet radio is a pretty useless gadget?


    I'm wondering the same thing also. I have a Dell SX260 computah
    configured mostly for streaming audio and video from the internet. I
    like it because the build in fans are VERY quiet. I'm almost
    constantly playing one of an assortment of internet radio stations
    depending on my mood and interest. Favorite player is Winamp,
    although I have a mixed mess of others depending on what I want to
    play. It also has a DRM (Digital Radio Monodial) decoder and may soon
    have an HD Radio (IBOQ) receiver attached. I recently gave up on the
    SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrier) receiver, when spring arrived and
    the trees decide to grow in front of my satellite dish.

    While this may sound like a geeks idea of a hi-fi, it has become
    almost indespensible. I've also duplicated the setup for a few
    non-technical friends and customers, with variable results. Watching
    YouTube on a large screen HDTV is somewhat tacky, but functional. When
    not watching TV, it's tuned to the local internet radio (no
    commericals) station.

    We're currently experiencing a large brush fire in the mountains. The
    various CDF fire channels are being streamed over the internet. That
    seems to be a popular use for internet radio. Since I have multiple
    sound "cards" (i.e. USB dongles) on the SX260, I can listen to music
    and the scanner at the same time.

    However, one owners wife put everything in a cardboard box and ordered
    me to drag it away. Can't win them all. Anyway, my crystal ball says
    that the entertainment console of the future is going to look
    something like that, with streaming internet audio being very high on
    the list of features.

    --
    Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com
    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
    Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558

  8. #8
    Bill Kearney
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    >>>(pretty useless gadgets if you ask me)
    >>
    >>Why is your thinking a internet radio is a pretty useless gadget?

    >
    > I'm wondering the same thing also. I have a Dell SX260 computah
    > configured mostly for streaming audio and video from the internet.


    I'm not saying streamed audio is the problem, just that most of the
    single-purpose "internet radio" gadgets end up having so many limitations as
    to make them useless compared to using an actual PC. Sure, it's a bit of a
    hassle having a PC setup for the purpose and a "box" might seem easier. But
    by the time you torment yourself tring to "type" long URLs into the radio's
    crippled user interface you then find the stream can't be decoded due to an
    ever-upgrading series of new codecs. PC players can download new codecs but
    those "radios" end up needing all new firmware. And since they didn't sell
    well the companies stop updating the old versions, leaving you with an
    orphaned pile of junk. The "idea" of an internet radio seems pretty cool,
    but most implementations stink.

    -Bill


  9. #9
    msg
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    Bill Kearney wrote:
    <snip>
    > most of the
    > single-purpose "internet radio" gadgets end up having so many
    > limitations as to make them useless compared to using an actual PC.
    > Sure, it's a bit of a hassle having a PC setup for the purpose and a
    > "box" might seem easier. But by the time you torment yourself tring to
    > "type" long URLs into the radio's crippled user interface you then find
    > the stream can't be decoded due to an ever-upgrading series of new
    > codecs. PC players can download new codecs but those "radios" end up
    > needing all new firmware. And since they didn't sell well the companies
    > stop updating the old versions, leaving you with an orphaned pile of
    > junk. The "idea" of an internet radio seems pretty cool, but most
    > implementations stink.


    Indeed, that is why I like using ultraportables (high-end PDA, tiny
    notebooks like the Zipit V1) for this; these have the size and weight
    commensurate with a portable radio and with a well-designed user
    interface, are as easy to use.

    Michael

  10. #10
    Jeff Liebermann
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    On Tue, 27 May 2008 09:06:04 -0400, "Bill Kearney"
    <wkearney99@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >>>>(pretty useless gadgets if you ask me)
    >>>
    >>>Why is your thinking a internet radio is a pretty useless gadget?

    >>
    >> I'm wondering the same thing also. I have a Dell SX260 computah
    >> configured mostly for streaming audio and video from the internet.


    >I'm not saying streamed audio is the problem, just that most of the
    >single-purpose "internet radio" gadgets end up having so many limitations as
    >to make them useless compared to using an actual PC.


    Yeah, that is a problem. That's why I went with an overkill PC
    instead of an "appliance". I had some experience with streaming A/V
    in a friends car using both some appliance (I forgot the name) and a
    PC. There wasn't that much "typing" of URL's on the remote control.
    It came with a pre-loaded set of internet radio stations sorted by
    genre that could be edited or updated. It could also scrape
    Shoutcast. Not too horrible but also rather limited. There was a
    rather long list of things it would NOT do, such as handle more than
    one external input.

    The PC was much better, especially with a touch screen. My friends
    car setup was much the same as what I previously described except that
    we added Wi-Fi for downloading and synchronizing media with my home or
    office PC and a GPS mapping program. Also Bluetooth. Interestingly,
    my friend found himself using it to display PDF files (he's a general
    contractor) and is now wanting to add a printer.
    <http://www.mp3car.com/wiki/>

    >Sure, it's a bit of a
    >hassle having a PC setup for the purpose and a "box" might seem easier.


    There's also the issue of power consumption. The Dell SX260 (which
    incidentally runs off 12 VDC) sucks about 35 watts in standby and 65
    watts when playing a DVD. A laptop would be about the same. I wanted
    something that could be left on continuously. The few "appliances" I
    looked at drew about 30% the power of a PC.

    >But
    >by the time you torment yourself tring to "type" long URLs into the radio's
    >crippled user interface you then find the stream can't be decoded due to an
    >ever-upgrading series of new codecs.


    Most appliances have external keyboard inputs or you can use an HTML
    or telnet interface for programming. Not ideal, but good enough to
    avoid typing on the screen. There are also VST plugins for Winamp
    that make touchscreen operation easier. I use the ancient Windoze 3.1
    "recorder.exe" to automatic and script macros. Plenty of options, but
    also plenty of room for improvement.

    Incidentally, try:
    start -> run -> osk
    OSK is "on screen keyboard".

    >PC players can download new codecs but
    >those "radios" end up needing all new firmware. And since they didn't sell
    >well the companies stop updating the old versions, leaving you with an
    >orphaned pile of junk. The "idea" of an internet radio seems pretty cool,
    >but most implementations stink.


    True. Human factors and user interfaces are still being worked out.
    I've been watching what little progress there is and am generally
    encouraged. I have some ancient experience in IVR (interactive voice
    response) and suspect the next bit lurch forward will be in that area.
    You can have an animated conversation with your appliance. This is
    actually happening with some higher end TV remote controls. Meanwhile,
    it's touch screen, keyboard and mouse. Yawn.

    --
    Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com
    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
    Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558

  11. #11
    Jeff Liebermann
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    On Tue, 27 May 2008 09:48:07 -0700, Jeff Liebermann <jeffl@cruzio.com>
    wrote:

    >There are also VST plugins for Winamp
    >that make touchscreen operation easier.


    Sorry. I forgot the URL:
    <http://www.mp3touchscreens.com>
    There are others, but this one integrates nicely with Winamp.


    --
    Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com
    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
    Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558

  12. #12
    Joker7
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?

    To restore balance to the world Bill Kearney wrote in
    xcGdnfjXgoGnmqHVnZ2dnUVZ_ozinZ2d@speakeasy.net
    >>>>> (pretty useless gadgets if you ask me)
    >>>>
    >>>> Why is your thinking a internet radio is a pretty useless gadget?
    >>>
    >>> I'm wondering the same thing also. I have a Dell SX260 computah
    >>> configured mostly for streaming audio and video from the internet.

    >>
    >> I'm not saying streamed audio is the problem, just that most of the
    >> single-purpose "internet radio" gadgets end up having so many
    >> limitations as to make them useless compared to using an actual PC.
    >> Sure, it's a bit of a hassle having a PC setup for the purpose and a
    >> "box" might seem easier. But by the time you torment yourself tring
    >> to "type" long URLs into the radio's crippled user interface you
    >> then find the stream can't be decoded due to an ever-upgrading
    >> series of new codecs. PC players can download new codecs but those
    >> "radios" end up needing all new firmware. And since they didn't
    >> sell well the companies stop updating the old versions, leaving you
    >> with an orphaned pile of junk. The "idea" of an internet radio
    >> seems pretty cool, but most implementations stink.
    >>
    >> -Bill


    I personally use a https://www.reciva.com/ and my cheap and cheerful
    single-purpose box that also wakes me for work ..
    I also feel you are a little dated in your concept of the internet as a
    media carrier,but then we are all allowed our own thoughts.

    Chris

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  13. #13
    Hangman
    Guest

    Re: Send wireless signal from laptop?



    "Bill Kearney" <wkearney99@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:xcGdnfjXgoGnmqHVnZ2dnUVZ_ozinZ2d@speakeasy.net...
    >>>>(pretty useless gadgets if you ask me)
    >>>
    >>>Why is your thinking a internet radio is a pretty useless gadget?

    >>
    >> I'm wondering the same thing also. I have a Dell SX260 computah
    >> configured mostly for streaming audio and video from the internet.

    >
    > I'm not saying streamed audio is the problem, just that most of the
    > single-purpose "internet radio" gadgets end up having so many limitations
    > as to make them useless compared to using an actual PC. Sure, it's a bit
    > of a hassle having a PC setup for the purpose and a "box" might seem
    > easier. But by the time you torment yourself tring to "type" long URLs
    > into the radio's crippled user interface you then find the stream can't be
    > decoded due to an ever-upgrading series of new codecs. PC players can
    > download new codecs but those "radios" end up needing all new firmware.
    > And since they didn't sell well the companies stop updating the old
    > versions, leaving you with an orphaned pile of junk. The "idea" of an
    > internet radio seems pretty cool, but most implementations stink.
    >
    > -Bill


    Your nuts Bill! Check out Sangean wfr-20. I've got 2 of 'em. Super
    radio. Reciva web site. Got a 5mg broadband connection wireless. Have
    no drops. The times are chging. The radios already have.




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