D-Link DIR-655 and Roku SoundBridge M2000 – Making it work

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D-Link DIR-655 and Roku SoundBridge M2000 – Making it work

Postby steveluscher » Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:58 am

I have found a number of threads around outlining the trials and tribulations of using the otherwise wonderful D-Link DIR-655 (Xtreme N Gigabit Router) wirelessly with the Roku SoundBridge, in my case an M2000.



Connecting
Here's what I have discovered about connectivity:

You must shift the router down to 802.11b/g mixed mode in order for the SoundBridge to work at all . It seems that some people have had success with the router in 802.11b/g/n mixed mode but only with (older) firmware version 1.03. Some of us newer DIR-655 owners can't downgrade that far because of a newer hardware revision (A3) that prohibits it. Does anyone have any newer information with respect to getting the SoundBridge to play in 802.11b/g/n mode?

References:
http://www.rokulabs.com/support_sb_ts_uwf.php
http://forums.rokulabs.com/viewtopic.php?t=14849



"No music libraries found" error
In 802.11b/g mode, I can use my M2000 for a while, but then after a few hours or so, any connection to my music server will immediately break, the music will stop, and I will be returned to the server selection screen with "No music libraries found" and "Play Internet Radio" as my only choices.

Restarting the SoundBridge is the only way I can see my music server again. This works, but it's a bummer had you been in the middle of listening to The Wall or Ghosts I-IV.

Some point to lousy Multicast implementations in the router. I'm not sure if this is true, and the "Enable Multicast Streams" checkbox on the router doesn't seem to fix the periodic loss of connectivity.

References:
http://forums.fireflymediaserver.org/vi ... hp?p=18863



So… Given that wireless connectivity is a wash when using the DIR-655 with the Roku SoundBridge, does anyone think that getting a wireless bridge and plugging the Roku into it via Ethernet would solve the problem? Or, has anyone else done any experimentation that's solved any of the problems listed above?

Thanks everyone!
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Postby steveluscher » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:04 pm

So… I've since purchased an 802.11g wireless Ethernet bridge (just a WRT54G running Tomato) and have connected the SoundBridge to it. Now I can operate the DIR-655 in 802.11n mode and everything connects together fine.

In either configuration though (with the new bridge, or with the DIR-655 in b/g mode) I'm experiencing a new problem. My networked music server will work flawlessly for a few hours and then suddenly will not be visible from the SoundBridge anymore. I have a feeling that this might have something to do with the way that UPnP devices announce themselves on the network so that they can be found by other devices. Is it possible that the DIR-655 might be resetting this information periodically, and the music server neglects to republish it?

This did not happen with my old WRT54GP2, though that router had its own suite of issues.

Setup:
DIR-655 => Ethernet => QNAP TS-209
DIR-655 => 802.11g Wireless => Wireless Ethernet Bridge (WRT54G w/ Tomato) => SoundBridge
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