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NOT like a radio,
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This review is from: Logitech Squeezebox Touch (Electronics)I had my Squeezebox for Christmas (though I bought it...), so have now used it for over 2 months. This is my experience.
I had considered getting a DAB radio for my hifi, but as the reception is poor where I live, a DAB aerial would need to be installed on my roof. A Squeezebox seemed like a good alternative - in fact a far superior alternative with BBC iPlayer for radio programmes, LastFM, countless radio stations from around the world plus the ability to play music off my laptop.
When it works, it's great - in fact it's superb. I can do all the above- my favourite is LastFM tags - set up playing say, "female vocalist" tag (there are lots of others) and leave it playing all day an interesting mix of music. It's a great way of discovering new artists.
BUT. And this is a big BUT, a huge, enormous, mega-sized BUT. The Squeezebox is NOT like a radio. I expected to always be able to simply switch it on and listen - just like with my tuner. I first realised this isn't the case when I once turned it on and it insisted on doing a software update, no option to listen to Radio 4 and delay it. So 20 minutes of download, updating and PC-type palaver. However, this isn't the worst aspect. Often, for days at a time I turn it on and get error message "Service has been interrupted by host - then a scribbled text with squeezebox.com in the middle of it". I try to connect to my laptop, control it from my laptop, faff around ... mo luck. Suddenly it will work again. Then it won't. It is EXTREMELY frustrating, and the help is useless - I hate being directed to a blog help site - I want real help from Logitech. I often simply turn on my tuner with half a dozen channels as I can't bear the struggle to get it to work. It currently plays 2 seconds of LastFM tracks then moves on to the next, I have no idea why, and I've paid £3 for a month's access to extra LastFM functionality. So my advice is - expect trouble.
I'm on the verge of returning it as not fit for purpose.
I consider myself computer literate - don't buy one for anyone who isn't, and possibly only buying one for a real tech nerd who likes the constant IT challenge.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2011 22:48:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2011 22:52:53 BDT
Solomon a Gundy says:
Mine worked perfectly until I switched internet service provider and was given a new wireless router (Netgear DGN1000) after which I experienced exactly the problems you describe. I've since bought myself a better quality wireless router (TP-Link TD-W8960N) and it's back to working perfectly again. Don't know if I just had a faulty router or whether the Squeezebox works better with some than others.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2011 22:57:08 BDT
J. Jarvis says:
It can be hit and miss. I've tried turning off my router, then turning it on again. That can fix it for a while. Uninstalling the server from my pc has improved things. But I have new problems of not displaying what's playing, the screen going to sleep when the settings are for it not to. It's all very frustrating.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2011 14:06:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2011 14:07:31 BDT
Mr. S. N. Cullinan says:
I have issues on occasion with my squeezebox boom. but nothing as bad as you are experiencing. My router, the D-link DIR655 has an option for allowing Internet radio traffic. Could the lack of this on your router be the problem? I have used netgear in the past (the main supplier for virgin). Upgrading to the Dlink was a very wise move. Word to the wise though. If you have a new Virgin (netgear) home hub type box, it is the modem, router and wifi AP all in one. You're stuck with that and all of it's internet radio capabilities.
Posted on 3 Nov 2011 16:45:36 GMT
Don't know if you're still having this problem but I couldn't get the damn thing to even find my router, so I tried a few things (I'm fairly IT literate as I work in IT). The problem seems to be the same with a lot of devices that the number of wireless connections within a certain radius will interfere with each other and cause blocking so, try the following:
Go to your router admin console (usually http://192.168.0.1 in your web browser, your username and password should be on the underside of your router unless you've changed them), go into the wireless setup and find the channel (should be between 3 and 13) and try changing it, press apply and then see if it's made a difference, if not try a different one, repeat until resolved. Failing that, buy a new router as everyone's suggesting.
Posted on 3 Nov 2012 17:20:22 GMT
Richard Baguley says:
No wonder Logitech has ditched it.
It's actually a simple web browser with shareware software connecting internet audio streams to a DAC. The shareware was designed by and maintained by computer nerds for computer nerds with no concept of simple, domestic, use.
I, too, am I.T. savvy but continually fight the darned thing, the last 48 hours being a right pain as Logitech's servers were down.
Support for mysqueezebox.com (the off line PC streaming method) won't last long and then owners will be hung out to dry unless they move to a supposed new "UE" software platform that is feature poor. How long Logitech Media Server will last is less important because it resides on your PC so streaming your own music will be OK.
Great shame because, done well, it had the makings of an excellent piece of kit.
Posted on 27 Dec 2012 13:23:45 GMT
I have been using a much earlier Sqeezebox for about 5 years without too many problems, so long as your broadband is sufficient. I can only presume that the latest version is too sophisticated for it's own good. Thanks for the review, I don't think I shall upgrade now, stick with what I have.
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