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Internet Radio FAQ

What is Internet Radio?

How do I connect to the Internet?

Do I need to sign a contract to use a Magnum Dynalab Internet Radio Tuner?

What stations can I listen to? Where are they from?

Why is Internet Radio better than FM or Satellite Radio?

Can Internet radio tuners work on an encrypted wireless network?

Does my PC have to be switched on?

Is there a preferred Wireless Router to use? Which Wireless Router Offers the Best WiFi Range?

What is UPnP?

What is Gapless Playback?

 

 

 

 

 

What is Internet Radio?

Internet Radio describes a technical achievement which allows audio to be digitized and split into small pieces for transmission across the Interent. The ultimate effect is to create the illusion of "radio". The audio is "streamed" through the Internet from a server in one location and reassembled on the listener's end by a software player on a computer or Internet Radio receiver.

Internet Radio is not really radio by the traditional definition but an incredible simulation.

How do I connect to the Internet?

  • Via hardwired Ethernet (CAT5e) cable from modem or router

  • Or through a wireless network. All Magnum Dynalab Internet Radio Tuners automatically detect wireless networks within its range (approx 100m/350ft)

Do I need to sign a contract to use the Wi Fi Tuner Plus?

No, however an existing internet connection must be installed in your home to use the Internet Tuner

What stations can I listen to? Where are they from?

Here is a list provided by some of our customers.

Why is Internet Radio better than FM or Satellite Radio?

Internet radio does not require a "line-of-sight" signal from a tower or station, it uses existing internet connections available to retrieve over 15,000 stations worldwide.

Another advantage is an almost unlimited supply of music, live events, radio shows, etc., that you can listen to in real-time. This on-demand audio technology gives you access to entertainment at anytime of the day without having to first download files to your hard drive Podcasts).

Can WiFi radio tuners work on an encrypted wireless network?

Each of our WiFi Tuners is programmed to allow the user to enter the "key" or "password" which is saved to the units memory.

Does my PC have to be switched on?

Not necessarily. If you have a broadband router with built-in Wi-Fi, you do not need a PC to receive internet radio. The Wi-Fi Tuners connects directly to the internet without the use of a browser

Is there a preferred Wireless Router to use? Which Wireless Router Offers the Best WiFi Range?

Consumer wireless routers vary in the Wi-Fi range they support. Routers with stronger Wi-Fi signals allow devices to connect at higher speeds from a greater distance and stay connected more reliably. Which wireless router then, has the overall best Wi-Fi range?

A wireless router's antenna technology generally determines its Wi-Fi signal strength and hence its range. Generally speaking, 802.11n wireless routers offer better Wi-Fi range than comparable 802.11b/g units due to improved antennas among other things.

It may be helpful to read this article from PC Magazine The 10 Best Wireless Routers.

What is UPnP?

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a set of networking protocols for primarily residential networks without enterprise class devices that permits networked devices, such as personal computers, printers, Internet gateways, Wi-Fi access points and mobile devices to seamlessly discover each other's presence on the network and establish functional network services for data sharing, communications, and entertainment.
- Wikipedia Online

What is Gapless Playback?

Gapless playback is the uninterrupted playback of consecutive audio tracks without intervening silence or clicks at the point of the track change.

Even when the audio file itself does not contain undesirable gaps, software, firmware and hardware design often add gaps during playback. In some cases, software closes and re-opens the output stream when switching tracks, causing the hardware to create a very short "click". This problem is solved in more sophisticated designs of gapless playback.

This feature is a function of "My Music" and audio playback, NOT internet radio streaming.

 

Internet Radio Tuners from Magnum Dynalab

MD 809T Internet Radio Tuner

MD 807T Internet Radio Tuner

MD 806T Internet Radio Tuner

MD 801 Internet Radio Tuner

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