Setup Quick Guide
Installation and first setup
In the boxBesides the player, you will find the following accessories:
- AC power cable
- AC/DC adapter, 120V or 240V AC to 19V DC/2.34A
- USB flash memory drive/stick containing this quick guide and a comprehensive manual
- USB extension cable
1 Connect the player to Wi-Fi using your phone
Connect the power cable to the AC/DC converter and connect the DC plug in the power intake.
Turn on the player using the “On/Off” switch (often the original switch). Then the player will start booting the software system. That procedure will take at least three minutes the first time. After a while the LED light(s) will be lit continuously. Be sure to wait for three minutes . . .
The player has its own Wi-Fi network – a Wi-Fi hotspot. The easiest way to connect to your Wi-Fi network is to first connect your phone to the player Wi-Fi hotspot and in Settings connect to the Wi-Fi network of your choice.
a. Connect to the player’s Wi-Fi hotspot named player as you would do for any Wi-Fi using your phone. Note that there is no password required. The hotspot will be turned off as soon you have a Wi-Fi connection. [SSID name is player]
b. When connected click on the cog wheel in order to get to Settings.
c. In the Settings menu choose Network.
d. In the Network Settings you will see the hotspot connection and the player has the static IP address 192.168.211.1 . If you have an iPhone you can also access the player by entering http://player.local .
e. Scroll down to the Wireless Network frame and find your Wi-Fi network (SID-name). Click on the green arrow button.
f. Enter the password and click on the green arrow button besides the password box.
Now the player gets connected to your Wi-Fi network and the hotspot is switched off down. That means that your phone is disconnected and it might now reconnect to your Wi-Fi network or just be unconnected depending on your settings. Be sure that your phone from now on is connected to your Wi-Fi network!
2 Access the player – player.local
You can access the player from a web browser using a smart phone, a computer, a tablet or anything that has a web browser, and is connected to the same network as the player. Enter http://player.local in your web browser of choice and the player’s web page will be displayed.
Unfortunately, the above does not work for Android OS yet. Instead you have to enter the actual IP-address of the player into the browser’s address bar. You can easily find the IP-address by first accessing the player by using a PC or Mac (or someone’s iPhone). Enter player.local in the web browser. Click on the cog wheel, in the Settings menu choose Network. The Wi-Fi connection is shown on top of the Network Setting page. Another way is to actually access your Wi-Fi router and then looking for a device called Player in the listing of connected devices to the home network. Or you can use an Android IP-scanner app, like Fing.
In the long run it can become tedious to always use the IP-address. One way to avoid that is to use a third-party app. Apps always find the player, it is in-built - you don't have to enter anything. There are several apps available for download.
a. Connect your existing speakers to the speaker binding posts. Do not play or stream music if the speakers have not yet been connected – that might damage the amplifier.
b. Insert a USB flash drive with some music files in the USB-port.
The playback controls of the player are shown on the start page, enter player.local in a browser and you will get the user interface of the player (see below - shows the looks for a MS Windows PC). The black top list is always displayed and it is there where you find the play/pause toggle button in the centre. It is surrounded by the previous track button and the next track button. The start page is called the "Playback" tab and is one of three tabs that are used to manage the player. The other two tabs are referred to as "Browse" tab for different music sources and "Queue" tab to manage the current list of tracks, the playlist. You can access the "Settings" menu by clicking on the cog wheel.
a. Add some music tracks to the - playlist, by accessing the USB flash drive (you just inserted) from the "Browse" tab. Click on the Music Library icon, click on a track for playback or add the tracks you want to listen too.
b. . . . and there is music. Return to the Playback tab and adjust the volume.
4 Start streaming . . .
The playback described above was about how you can use the local software of the player - player.local to play music. You don't have to use the player software to enjoy music. Instead you can stream music directly from your phone. Go to the Airplay menu of your phone and choose player as a device to stream to (your phone is another device shown). Start a streaming app and play some music or listen to a web radio station or to a podcast. All the details how to stream is described here and how to use your Spotify app is described here.
OPTION: Connect to Wi-Fi using a cable instead
Another option is to connect the player via an Ethernet patch LAN cable to the router instead of using the Wi-Fi hotspot. It is important that you first connect the cable before you turn on the player.
Power on. Wait for at least three minutes.
a. Access the player by entering player.local in a web browser on a PC or Mac or iPhone or iPad.
b. Click on the cog wheel. Go to Settings by clicking on the cog wheel, choose Network in the Settings menu.
c. In the frame Wireless Network connect to your home network by clicking on its SID-name in the list of available
networks, enter password and finally click on the green connect button.
You can disconnect the network cable from the LAN-port when the new Wi-Fi connection is established.