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Improve Play Control performance

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by athegn, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. athegn

    athegn Android Enthusiast
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    My hi-fi setup is a DacMagic DAC fed from the USB port of my Dell laptop; output to hi-fi preamp.

    The Dell Inspiron 1545 has only 2.4GHz wifi. My phone, Galaxy S2, and tablet, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, have both 2.4 and 5GHz wifi.

    The room I have the hi-fi in is covered by a Netgear WG603 V3 WAP; the BT HomeHub 4, near the master socket, does not give a very good signal in this room - oldish house with thick walls.

    The laptop and the phone/tablet talk to each other via this WAP.

    The problem is that Playa Control for Winamp loads the library very slowly. I only use the albums function on Winamp; I do not create playlists as these would only be the same as the album listing.

    I think the bottleneck is mainly the WAP at 2.4GHz. I have a 5GHz USB dongle that I could fit in the laptop.

    Would I get much improvement in Playa Control if the devices talked at 5Ghz instead of 2.4GHz? If so can anyone recommend a replacement WAP for my Netgear unit?
     

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    Sort of answered my own question.

    I moved my laptop and tablet into the room with the HomeHub so that both are using 5GHz. Playa Control library loads almost instantly.

    So looking at an Asus EA-N66 to replace my Neatgear WAP.
     
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    Consider plugging the laptop in the old-fashioned way instead of making it use wifi, too.
     
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    Already considered a long time ago; running cable to hi-fi not practicable.
     
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    Not sure if I'm reading that right but if I am: Leave laptop where it is, keep short audio cable, use long ethernet cable.
     
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    "...use long ethernet cable...."

    That cable is the problem; difficult/ ugly routing.
     

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