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Old 16th September 2013, 07:16 PM   #1
thegreyspark is offline thegreyspark
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Default Audio server multiple clients

Hi all,

New to this, so apologies if this is obvious, or asked before, but I can't find a definitive answer.
Is it possible to set up a media server that can serve multiple independent clients? I'm thinking totally within the home so user A on his laptop can listen to one audio stream, and user B somewhere else can listen to something else at the same time?
Is this just a no-no, is it dependent on the particular system, or is it always catered for?

Many thanks
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Old 16th September 2013, 08:21 PM   #2
phofman is offline phofman  Czech Republic
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Regular network shared drive?
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Old 16th September 2013, 08:27 PM   #3
Frank Berry is offline Frank Berry  United States
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Multiple network streams at home? Why not use multiple Servers? One for each stream.
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Old 17th September 2013, 08:22 AM   #4
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I was thinking more of a classic server/client arrangement. One server, multiple clients. The server is used to take load from the clients, share resources, and provide a similar experience to all clients.
My arrangement would have uPnP devices around the home such as laptops, mobiles, games consoles, accessing a single library of audio content from a server location. The server takes care of things such as library management, content metadata, backups, new clients can just discover the server, browse all the content and play.
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Old 17th September 2013, 12:28 PM   #5
i2k92 is offline i2k92  Indonesia
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Foobar + upnp server component can handle that. Although I'm not sure how many client it can handle at once
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Old 17th September 2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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I had implemented it between pure DOS machines, using NeOS (Network Operating System for DOS) over a coaxial net cable, and the MPXPLAY from PDSoft, and between AMD´s 486's it is working fine from several yeast to this date. Excelent in both MP3 and OGG Vorbis tracks.

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Old 24th September 2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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thanks for all the responses.
It was easy in the end. Just installed Twonky server, it's a pretty standard application installed on many NAS boxes for the home.
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