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Simulate Airport Express network audio
Authored by: joostjodel on Feb 24, '11 09:16:06AM

Haven't tried this hint, but wouldn't using JackOSX be much easier (http://www.jackosx.com)? The advantage is it that - unlike some suggestions posted in comments here - it is free, runs on older systems (down to 10.4 Tiger), and is way easier to set up.

Basically the idea is that you install and run JackOSX on both computers. One acts as the "master", and is connected to the audio output device, e.g. a stereo. The computer sending the audio (may even be multiple computers) acts as a "slave".

1) After having installed Jack, on the master you simply run in a terminal:
$ jack_load netmanager

2) And on the slave you run:
$ jackd -r -d net

3) Then you open up Jackpilot on the master and route the slave computer to "system" output.

4) On the slave you route the music player to "system" as well. Et voila.

All happens in a network-transparant way, i.e. no IP/port configuration (assuming you have enabled unhampered LAN to LAN traffic). See for a more thorough explanation here: http://trac.jackaudio.org/wiki/WalkThrough/User/NetJack2.

Caveat 1: On that page it is written that it is less suited for wireless networks, but it may just work for you if you have fast WiFi at home… On my WiFi-G network with less-then-optimal signal I did notice some dropouts once in while. Haven't tried it on N.

Caveat 2: It pretty much hogged the CPU on my old powerbook acting as master… May work better on Intel-based macs.



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