Remote Speakers? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Laptops and Notebooks
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-12-2007, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 21
Question Remote Speakers?

I have a laptop with pretty good speakers but when I'm home I'd like to use the speakers and sub woofers connected to my PC, is there a way to use the speakers over the network???? if not are there other options besides connecting my speakers to my laptop?

Thanks in advance
__________________

PwnagePanda is offline  
Old 08-13-2007, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
Indeed.
 
Greg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Remote Speakers?

Ehh, you might be able to get this to work using VLC. Use VLC to stream your audio across the network to another computer which has the speakers hooked up to it.

If you need more help let me know.
__________________

__________________

Greg is offline  
Old 08-13-2007, 05:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 21
Default Re: Remote Speakers?

=/ I don't know how to use the VLC media player to do that. I recognize it and think I might have used it years ago for something simple, but I'm not sure where to start for this.
PwnagePanda is offline  
Old 08-13-2007, 10:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 100
Default Re: Remote Speakers?

i never knew such existed! marvelous! hows the bit rate or quality???
__________________
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...21472copy2.jpg
Front- Polk Rti4
Surrounds- Bose 161
Center-None
Subwoofer- 10" Pioneer driver, dayton 1.0 cuft enclosure, SA240 240W plate amp
Onkyo TX-SR304
SoundBlaster Live! 5.1
AtomicAudio is offline  
Old 08-14-2007, 02:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
Indeed.
 
Greg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Remote Speakers?

I haven't done this in a while, and never on Windows, but I'll try my best to explain.

__________________________________________

1.) Open VLC on the source computer
2.) Go to File > Open Capture Device
I'm not sure on this next step, it's sort of operating system specific
3.) Select "none" for the video device (?) and select the proper audio device
4.) Tick the "Stream/Save" box, then click the settings button
5.) Tick the "UDP" box and enter the local IP address of the other computer. Take note of the port number (it should be defaulted to 1234)
6.) Click OK on both open windows so you're back at the main VLC window. If everything is working it should now be streaming. Play some music or something so you can get it set up on the other end.

...

7.) Head to the other computer, open VLC, and go to File > Open Network Stream
8.) Tick the UDP/RTP box, make sure the port is the same as it was in step 5
9.) Click OK. Hopefully you should hear your music playing from the other computer.

If the sound is choppy, go back to the Stream/Save settings on the source computer and selecting an audio codec. This should reduce the amount of bandwidth needed to stream your audio. I dunno how well your network will be able to support streaming raw audio, especially if you're using wireless.

__________________________________________


See if you can get that working. If you need any more help just holler. I might try this out myself in the next day or two just for kicks, so if you don't have it working by then I will probably be able to give you specifics.


@AtomicAudio: It depends on what transcoding options you set in the Stream/Save settings. If your network can handle it, it could theoretically be the same quality as the source. Again, I plan to try this soon, so I will let you know.
__________________

Greg is offline  
Old 08-17-2007, 06:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 21
Default Re: Remote Speakers?

Thanks Greg, that was helpful; although I won't be able to try it until Tuesday the 21st
PwnagePanda is offline  
Old 08-18-2007, 01:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
Indeed.
 
Greg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Remote Speakers?

No problem. I actually tried it yesterday and I wasn't able to stream the output of my sound card, but streaming individual sound files is a breeze. Hopefully you'll have better luck.
__________________

__________________

Greg is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
speakers work in Linux but not windows :-S scottjames84 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 13 07-15-2007 05:37 PM
On The Hunt: High Quality Speakers. High the:megalon Computer Audio and Multimedia 20 06-04-2007 11:48 AM
what to do with Logitech z-680 remote softhunder Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 0 05-22-2007 06:31 AM
remote desktop issue over internet hiren Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 5 05-08-2007 12:50 PM
Hooking speakers up via digital/5.1 Speaker placement mack Computer Audio and Multimedia 7 05-01-2007 06:41 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.