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Old 16-01-13, 09:01 AM
RichardH RichardH is offline
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Raspberry Pi as headless streamer

Having seen Jem's comments about using an O2 Joggler as a squeezebox, I got interested. However, I realised that we'd most likley use a smartphone/tablet to control it anyway, so decided it might be nicer to have something more discreet.

A lot of the stuff for the Joggler also works on the Pi - or has a similar version thereof. I'm hoping to use SqueezeLite.

So I have just taken delivery of a Raspberry Pi, a micro USB wall wart and am waiting for an SD card. Not being Linux-y at all, it will be interesting to see how I get on!

If I get it up and running I'll try and do an idiot's guide if anyone else is interested.
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Old 16-01-13, 09:05 AM
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Xbmc is impressive as well.
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Old 16-01-13, 09:05 AM
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Be interested for sure, meanwhile I am battling away with my Joggler and SqueezePlay OS
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Old 16-01-13, 09:08 AM
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I'm in the same place. I can now download an image and stick it on a SD card that boots. Amazing what a pillock can achieve.

I've ordered a 15.00 SD card with xbmc on as well. I'll report back if anyone is interested.
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Old 16-01-13, 09:33 AM
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Is this of interest to you? http://www.squeezeplug.de/

Ronald
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Old 16-01-13, 09:41 AM
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Is this of interest to you? http://www.squeezeplug.de/

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Cheers Ronald, I'll have a go at that tomorrow or friday.

Mike
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Old 16-01-13, 10:04 AM
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Sounds interesting - i should have a go as i've got a spare pi sat on the desk. I was going to make an LED head for my enlarger with it, but that can wait ;-)
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Old 16-01-13, 10:10 AM
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The one issue I have is it doesn't play nicely with my Mdac... But works well as a media box behind the tv in the bedroom.
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Old 16-01-13, 10:28 AM
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Does the pi work when plugged into a tv ((audio) hdmi>pass through psdif> dac ?
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Old 16-01-13, 03:39 PM
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I understand from friends that it does, though I don't know if they had to do any programming outside of XBMC.

As mentioned before (though I could love to be told my info is out of date), I don't think the USB out works to send to DAC, so one has to use an HDMI to Optical converter to send digital to a DAC.
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Old 19-01-13, 06:27 AM
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Unfortuneately my server motherboard has finally failed. New board/processor memory and power supply needed....

I decided to try the pi with the XBMC installation. I've just configured it and it works using upnp to my Cyrus Streamer. Amazing that it actually works nevermind works well.

The setup is wired ethernet, usb keyboard wireless mouse and usb HDD with music stored on it.

Only a few easy settings required for XBMC.

I'll disconnect the peripherals and see how it runs for a while.
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Old 20-01-13, 12:22 AM
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I had a fiddle with mine yesterday, and have managed to get it running with Squeezelite with audio output from the 3.5mm jack. I have a USB DAC on the way, so I'll do some more adventuring once that has arrived. I made notes on what I did, so I'll post them up later.
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Old 23-01-13, 01:09 AM
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OK, here's what I did.

Step 1 - buy the bits
Bought a cased Pi from CPC, plus a 5v wall wart supply that delivers 1A. Already had an HDMI cable (and monitor that has HDMI connection), and USB keyboard & mouse. Then bought an 8Gb SD card from Amazon.

Step 2 - set up the operating system
I followed the quick start instructions on the Raspberry Pi website. The PDF has A walkthrough of how to get the latest Raspian "Wheezy" (you don't need the soft float version, just the standard one), and then how to set the SD card up - dead easy using Image Writer (you need the binary, not the source.)

Step 3 - it's alive!
Insert the SD card that should now have the operating system on it, and power up the Pi.

Step 4 - accessing the Pi
Easiest thing to do initially is plug it into a monitor and have a keyboard attached, but if you don't want to do that, or want in future to connect to it remotely (from within your network) then you can connect via a protocol called SSH. To do this you need a program - PuTTY is free and easy to use in Windows. To connect you also need the IP address of the Pi. This will be assigned dynamically by default, so you'll either need to have keyboard etc connected to discover the IP or search your network for the Pi. See For more info see Raspberry Pi SSH Login without Monitor for how to do this, and how to set a static IP address (though take note of the comment - "cd /etc/networks should be cd /etc/network").

Step 5 - configure for Squeezelite
Now you need to get Squeezelite installed. This page should tell you all you need. You can ignore the first step ("run the config tool") as this is already done. I skipped the optional steps (changing host name and wifi).

I have still to receive the USB DAC, so for the moment I am using the output from the 3.5mm jack, and it's working a treat. I am using the free Android app "Squeezer" to control it.
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Old 23-01-13, 01:13 AM
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The 3.5mm jack has pretty ropey sq imho, fine for tv/movies, but I wouldn't want to use it as a serious music source. As mentioned above, you may be disappointed by the USB DAC -- it won't work (or at least, every post I've so far read has said that it's not possible to get a USB DAC to work as the USB ports share the same *something* as the LAN). Do let us know if you can make it work though.
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Old 23-01-13, 02:25 AM
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I've seen plenty of people mention using a USB DAC, including the page I linked to on configuring Squeezelite. Whether the DAC I've ordered will work is another matter... watch this space!
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