Vortexbox/Squeezebox Setup for Dummies
OK, so now I have a brand new 2TB Vortexbox, new Squeezebox Transporter and touch pad, a laptop with a few music files and absolutely no clue what to do next with any of them. Without abbreviations, shortcuts, tech jargon and in terms a 2 year old can follow, who can help me set this all up so I can put all my files on the VB and direct connect them to the Transporter which I will hard-wire to my stereo system? I think I ripped 1 CD to the VB, but can't tell for sure. Also, in order to avoid duplication, how do I edit CDs ripped to VB that may have the same songs on them, eliminating having them stored twice? Any help is appreciated, this forum was very helpful in the past when I was deciding what setup to go with, but now that I have it, still clueless. What gets hooked up to where and how, not much instructions with either unit?
The first very basic thing I would do it to see if the Vortexbox is on the network and to check if Squeezeboxserver is running:
Browse to it's 'homepage' from your laptop by opening a web-browser and go to either http://vortexbox or if that doesn't work to: http://the_ipaddress_of_your_vortexbox
To see if Squeezeboxserver is running, click on the Squeezebox Server icon from that page (under the blue Home icon on the left).
If it is running, do the setup on your transporter and connect to the Vortexbox Squeezebox Server during setup.
Then on your Transporter browse to your Music Library and start playing music...
Last edited by treble101; 03-12-2012 at 08:04 PM.
OK, when I said for "Dummies", I really meant for dummies. Nothing on this or any page in Wiki makes any sense to me, so all I have are two units (VB and Squeezebox transporter) with their backs to me. I plan to hardwire it all, connect the VB to the Transporter, then connect that directly to my stereo. I don't know the first thing about my home network, just that a router in my home office blinks and somehow connects all my computers. When I followed the instructions with the "ip address of the VB" link, it was not found on my network. So, 1) what do I use to wire connect the VB to the transporter -which ports/jacks go to which on each? 2) How do I connect the VB to my computer so I can see a screen of what I'm ripping and edit what I store? I tried to connect it but nothing came up, and I really would like to get started on all this. Again, sorry for being completely inept at this, but I did warn you all that I have no clue when it comes to any of this. Standard stereo gear with the usual connections are more my speed, but this is all literally foreign, so any help in pre-school English would be greatly appreciated. I thank you all in advance for putting up with me and any help you can offer.
Connect the VB to your router with an Ethernet cable.
Connect the Transporter to your audio system (preamp, amp, or receiver) with its analog or digital output. If connecting to a preamp or receiver, use the CD, tape, or aux input, not the phono input.
Connect the Transporter to your router with an Ethernet cable, Ethernet Powerline adapters, or WiFi. Do NOT connect the Transporter to your VortexBox. Read your Transporter owner's guide for more info on setup. See http://www.logitech.com/assets/32376...wnersguide.pdf for an on-line version.
So if I put the VB upstairs at the other end of my house where the router is, hardwire it to the router, then hook up the Squeezebox to the stereo and try to connect to wi-fi (not sure how?), they will connect and I can play the files throught the Squeezebox into the stereo? It would be physically impossible to ethernet cable the Squeezebox to the upstairs router - too far away. What if I buy a separate router, place near stereo and hook up both to the router? And how to connect VB to a laptop? I told you, these connections are alien to me. Thanks for your patience.
Have you read the Transporter owner's guide? If not, do so. It should tell you how to connect the Transporter to your network via WiFi.
In a browser on your laptop, go to http://vortexbox for the VB web GUI. If that doesn't work, use the VB IP address; e.g. http://192.168.1.150 on my network.
The Logitech Media Server web page is at http://vortexbox:9000. You can go there to play music on your Transporter.
Please take some time to read the documentation. In particular:
I hooked up the VB to the router with ethernet cable, plugged in every single link above, tried to find the VB on my network, add devices, any way described above and it is nowhere to be found by my computer. It was connected from the ethernet hookup on the back of the VB, correct? How do I get them communicating and run through my computer so I can edit and not just rip? Sorry to be such a pain, but this is literally baby steps for me.
Reboot your router and see if that helps.
If not, try power cycling your network: http://info.vortexbox.org/tiki-index...age=PowerCycle
Have you found your VBA on your network yet? I assume you already have a router and it is up and running? What kind of operating system on your laptop? What is the name brand of your router? You'll need to be able to find the VBA GUI and the menu display on your router. All of this depends on you being able to find both devices on your network and they should be located on the same network screen.