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Onkyo's NC-500 Net-Tune Receiver
Nice, bleeding edge receiver that you connect to your local network, and listen to Internet Radio, and music from other computers on your network.
I am writing some software for it, and here are some notes I have taken towards that end, and also about its installation, limitations, and features. I have it on pretty much most of the time, so I suppose I like it enough.
Setting it up
I use Internet Connection Sharing under Windows XP Pro, and that was the first obstacle I ran into. Fixed IP addresses don't work! So I had to install the Net-Tune Central software on another box on the network. The Onkyo, or as I renamed it to in its Client menu, "Oinky", was up and running! I listen to Planet Rock most of the time.
Takes about 30 seconds to find the network, and another 15 seconds to complete buffering before INet-Radio will start. I find that I have to keep the receiver's volume down much lower than any other sources I have hooked up to my Denon AVR-3200 receiver. No problem changing from Music Server to iNet Radio during connecting phase after power up.
Everything is obtained by clicking or right-clicking on the icon "in the tray". Database, Title Editor, and Log Viewer are clicks, and right-clicks gives Settings, Restart, and Help, About, and Exit.
Here is what I am doing to make the Music Server coexist a little more peacefully in my environment. I have a VB program going (Sorry, its what I', working in these days.) and.....
Amassed a set of links for the MP3 file format. I was thinking about editing the MP3 file directly, but will forgo that for a while. Probably keep with the "use the Genre/Artist/Album/Title in the path" scheme that works with my ripper(?) software.
Getting it to run back on the ICS server
I would like to force it to find the second NIC I put in. Removed everything, swapped the NIC slots, moving it ahead of the Fixed-IP NIC, and re-installed the software. Restarted the server a couple of times, (because this is in the Startup group, and if it finds the "wrong" NIC, it displays the big Red-X with the message about global IP and copyrights, and will not run). It is back to Planet Rock. I will restart the server and see how the Onkyo picks back up. Didn't, I hit the Display button, and selected Genre, and it displayed "Searching..." and came back to the last spot I had searched to before. Got PlanetRock back, hit play, and it connected and buffered and played! Now to get one of the other boxes up that also has the software, and see if it stays on Norman, or gets an attitude. Odd thing about this additional NIC, is that there is no network activity on it. It uses the ADSL card and the Original NIC.
After other box came up, I turned Oinky off and back on. It picked "Warren"; I went into Server, and changed to Norman. No apparent change in playback, because this simply sets the "Prefered Server", the one it will look for first when it searches. Changed back to Warren, and it lost both servers! Just for a few seconds, then it selected Warren. Still no activity on Warren's NIC, and Settings on Norman show the Current Name as Norman, but a Jinglish comment on the bottom implies a reset is required to update the info Oh well, back to Norman as the prefered server, and some more restarts to see if the NICs will stick for a while.
Some challenges here, it wouldn't find either server once. Doesn't seem to like not being able to find a server much. So, I am removing the software from starting up on Warren, and sticking with Norman, which was the original intent.
I copied the files I made to define its database of music to the proper spot, restarted the software, powered up Oinky, and listened to PlanetRock after the usual delay. Went to Music Server, and started to play from the copied files!
25Mar03 - Oinky was off, stopped the server process on Norman, and copied my latest libext.tsv to Program Files, and restarted Net-Tune Central. Got the IP address error. Shut down Warren, restarted Central, without error, but did not find the server. Shut down Oinky. Rebooted Norman, No error, but Oinky still stayed trying to connect. Setup no good. Cycled power on Oinky, and all was well. Hmmm... Took a while for Planet Rock. Presets were not there. After going to another station (which did not work), I selected it from Genre, and it worked.
27Mar03 - Have to reboot if I Exit. We also lost power the other day, and the presets on the radio disappeared! The Power Wedge I bought a few years ago has never lived up to its promise. Probably should hook everything to a UPS.
MFR. PART # NC-500
Wish it worked with my universal remote. First device that has failed miserably.
Too bad a momentary power failure made the radio presets disappear.
Doesn't automatically come back if the server is rebooted.
How do I program the presets? Ought to be a way. but, seems like that is local, while music server is, well, a server!