Originally Posted by QQQ
Could you elaborate on this. How are you able to access your media with the PC off? What "enables" that feature? Is it the fact that your Infrant is acting as a web server and the Slimbox can access your music that way?
Edit: I looked at the web site and see that Infrant is preloading the NAS with Slimbox software to enable this.
Sure, the Infrant 'CPU' runs Slimserver (the Squeezebox & Transporter software) on their NAS products (600, X6, NV, even after-market NAS devices featuring the Infrant board). As I mentioned, the PC interface is quite handy for setting up the player, building playlists, customizing user settings, and a myriad of other tasks (see the Slimserver page here.
), but one of the most important aspects of the interface is that these same functions (for the most part) can be accessed via the remote control and verified on the VFD. Looking at the Transporter remote, it appears to be even more versatile.
When I have guests over or simply want some mood music for various extracurricular activites, the last thing I want to be doing is dicking around with my PC. If I was listening to one of my mellow playlists when I shut off the Squeezebox, I just grab the remote and hit the PLAY button (yes, only 1 button since my bedroom amp has auto-signal sensing) and viola', instant romance! Else, I just click through the "Now Playing" menu and select the correct playlists or favorites, done deal.
I keep my NAS in a basement storage room plugged into a UPS, then route the data via gigabit switch to my Squeezeboxes.
Nice audio setup, no? Jealous OB?
You can download and play with Slimserver for free from the Slim Devices website.
BTW, since I switched to the Home Depot steel & particle board rack, it is as if a 'veil' has been lifted from the music. The bass is 'tighter', the highs 'airier', and the soundstage has gotten both deeper and wider.
Although, I still prefer the sound of CAT5e cables over newer CAT6.
p.s. QQQ, I promise to clean out my inbox soon
p.s.s If anyone is coming to Denver for CEDIA I would love to get together with the folks I have come to know via this forum and finally put some faces to the various screen names. I'm a Denver local, so if you need any intel on Denver, please PM me (after I clean out my inbox and make room that is)