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Network configuration

Regarding to your requirements we have some experiences in optimal configuration of your WLAN network.

SMALL HOME · FEW SPEAKERS

The most common setup at home is adding your AirPlay™ speakers to your existing WLAN. All devices in your environment are connected to the same WLAN and share its bandwidth.

ADVANTAGES

  • easy setup
  • already exists in wide range of houses/flats

DISADVANTAGES

  • 3-4 speakers ok
  • up to 4 speakers maybe dropouts in sound
  • does not reach distant speakers
 

MANY SPEAKERS · MANY DEVICES

If there are a lot of other devices in your WLAN (e.g. laptops, personal computers, smart phones, backup hard disks, etc.) they produce many traffic? In this case it would be smart to divide the common internet/network from the WHAALE sound traffic. Up to the 802.11n (or 802.11ac) standard WLAN routers provide two bands of frequencies, 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz.

ADVANTAGES

  • up to 6 speakers and more with continuous sound
  • other devices stay connected with a huge amount of traffic

DISADVANTAGES

  • advanced setup
  • dual-band routers are more expensive
  • does not reach distant speakers

 

MANY ROOMS · FAR DISTANCES

If you are an owner of a large house/flat with many rooms and big walls? If your AirPlay™ speakers are far away from your WLAN router (e.g. terrace, garden)? We recommend to refresh your WLAN if you have some dropouts in your music playing. You should combine this picture with a dual-band router, see above.

ADVANTAGES

  • up to 6 speakers and more with continuous sound
  • supports speakers in far distance

DISADVANTAGES

  • advanced setup
  • repeater required


 

CONNECTING HIFI SYSTEMS

If your hi-fi set is not AirPlay™ compatible, we suggest that you buy an additional AirPlay™ receiver. This is recognized by the WHAALE App as AirPlay™ speaker and can be connected to your hi-fi set via 3.5mm mini jack or optical cable.
We strongly recommend using an 'Apple AirPort Express' device for this task - see http://airplay-multiroom.whaale.com (section "The infrastructure") for more information.

MUSIC FROM A UPNP MEDIA SERVER

A UPnP Media Server allows you to store your complete media library and share it in your home network. There are different types of servers. You can either use a software like XBMC (see below) to transform your Mac or PC into a server. Or you can use a standalone device like the DLink DNS 325 containing a separate (usb) hard-disc.

COMPATIBILITY

During the development and beta-test-phase we tested a couple of devices (a big thank-you to our beta-testers!!!). Here is the current list of working devices (not complete - report you experiences):

NOT SUPPORTED

Currently the following devices does not work with WHAALE:
  • Windows Media Player

  • speaker3
  • speaker2
  • speaker1
  • text-middle
  • speaker3
  • speaker2
  • speaker1
  • text-middle2
  • text-middle2
  • text-middle3
  • setting
  • text-middle4