Simple network player for elderly -- newbie

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  1. tsperrazzo

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    I am interested in setting up the following for my elderly parent...a simple "always=on" player, via WiFi, which only receives audio files played from my PC. My idea is that I can initiate music, etc. remotely for the listening benefit of my parent who cannot operate a radio, etc. It would not be constant streaming, just periodically playing perhaps an hour of music, then going silent til next time. How can I do this, what would I need?
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    I'm assuming that you don't live with this person?

    Does it have to be your choice of music or would an Internet radio with it's wealth of content do the job? Logitech's Squeezebox Radio could be controlled remotely when connected to their web portal. This has now been replaced by the similar UE Smart Radio which probably does the same thing but you'd best check for certain.
     
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    Tricky one. The Squeezebox Touch can stream from a remote Logitech Media Server; to cope with the reduced bandwidth over WAN LMS will transcode to MP3 at a bitrate you choose.

    I wonder if you might better with a netbook connected to Spotify, BBC Radio Player etc. which you can remotely control with LogMeIn Ignition or the like.
     
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    Thanks...my parent is remote...I would only be streaming personal items from my PC..no interest in tuning into stations, etc.
     
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    Hmm, Skype?
     
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    LogMeIn to a headless nettop/netbook with powered speakers would certainly work.

    You could send the media to the remote PC via YouSendIt so it was stored locally rather than streamed.
     
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    THank you all, but my parent is blind, and is affected with dimentia..cannot operate any type of remote device..this is why I want it to be "always on" and for me to be able to 'push' audio material to it without any interaction on his end.
     
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    A nettop/netbook could be always on, as could the powered speakers. You then just connect to the remote PC with LogMeIn & set whatever you want playing.

    Similarly with YouSendIt you can send media files up to 50Mb at a time to an e-mail address & then again log on to the remote PC to retrieve them.
     

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