[clug] wireless audio and video

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Tue Sep 25 23:38:08 GMT 2007

There are a couple of solutions:

The non-digital, non-IT one is to set up one or more A/V "senders" at
the source(s) and then use either standard TV/FM radios, or, if working
in the 2.4GHz band, the appropriate receivers. Downside - all your
neighbours get to watch/listen to your (copyright protected?) material.

I have a little 802.11b/g audio player (can't remember the brand, but
cost about US$80 from Fry's about 2 years ago). There is a FOSS server
called gmediaserver and a non-free (shareware?) server called twonky
available to publishing your MP3 (not ogg) collection. Downside - can't
have the same source playing "in-sync" in multiple locations.

Michael James has also demo'd a similar (but more expensive, and more
network intensive) device and CLUG - can't remember the name, but there
was also a talk about it at the Dunedin LCA in 2006.

I have played with MPlayer and VLC (video lan client etc. suite) to
stream source material to multiple clients over wired home network, but
not tried either over wireless. MythTV should also allow you to do this,
but again, I have not tried that.

I hope some of this helps.


Bob Edwards.

Kim Holburn wrote:
> I have this dream of having some kind of wireless system that will let 
> me put at least speakers in different rooms and maybe even screens as 
> well and route audio from one or more sources to one or more sets of 
> speakers and possibly the same with video.
> I'd of course prefer all linux but it wold be essential to integrate at 
> least one linux server and of course I really wouldn't want to have to 
> run a windows server at all.
> Does anyone have any ideas about such a thing?
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