For this workshop you’ll need a broadband connection and, if you want to stream music from your PC to another device, a Wi-Fi or Powerline network. You can use Windows Media Player to access internet radio stations. Click on the Media Guide at the top of the screen, then choose Radio from the list.
In the main Radio area is a selection of featured genres. Click on the Listen link for one that takes your fancy to begin streaming from that station, or click on the Radio Tuner link which launches a web page to browse others. On the right is a selection of genres, ranging from Hip Hop to Country – click to make your choice.
Having chosen a genre, click on a station to launch it. Underneath the station name will be an option to add it to your list of Favourite stations, plus a link to its website. If the radio station permits streaming through Windows Media Player 11.0 there will be a Play link. Otherwise, there will be a link to visit its website.
To search for a specific station, return to My Stations on the previous page and type its name into the searchbox. After a moment it should appear in the list. To save the station as a favourite, simply click on it and select Add to My Stations. Return to the front page and it will be listed under My Stations.
For RealPlayer users, the radio option can be found in the View menu, Quicklinks or the ’Music & My Library’ tab. Choose a genre from the list on the left, then click on a radio station to begin streaming. You can search for a specific radio station from the top of the RealRadio interface.
Once you’ve found a station you like, add it to your favourites by right-clicking on it and choosing Add to Favorites. Select the Radio folder in the Favorites fly-out list. If you wish, you can change the name of the link. The station will now be listed in the Radio list in your RealPlayer Favorites menu.
If you intend to connect a device such as the iRadio to a secure wireless network, you’ll need to register it with your router – assuming MAC (media access control) address filtering is enabled. Configure your router by opening a web browser and typing in its IP (internet protocol) address.
Type in the router’s IP address. It will look something similar to 192.168.0.254, but you should find a sticker listing the relevant address somewhere on the router itself or on the box that it came in.
A logon screen will appear and you should enter your username and password to access the router’s configuration screen.
Navigate to the access list setup. Enter the MAC address for the device you want the router to communicate with and give it a network name. Close the router interface and switch on your device. You’ll need to enter a WEP or WPA security key into the device itself – the more rigorous WPA is the recommended option.
Once past security, you can stream internet radio directly to the device. Common options include searching via genre, country or both. Plus, devices such as the Noxon can stream any music stored on a networked PC. To do this, click on the Media Sharing option within Windows Media Player 11.0.
If needs be, upgrade to WMP 11.0 by going to Help, Check for Updates. Relaunch the application and finalise the installation by specifying file associations and other options. Once it’s satisfied, WMP 11.0 will complete its setup. You now need to click on the Library tab at the top of the screen.
Directly underneath the Library button is a small arrow which, when pressed, displays the Library options. Click on the arrow and select Media Sharing from the drop-down list. Finally, tick the Share My Media button and click ok to access the ’Media Sharing…’ screen.
Providing the device is properly set up on the network and is compatible with WMP 11.0, a device icon should appear in the Sharing Settings box. Click on its icon. WMP may not recognise it immediately and will label it as an unknown device. However, you can distinguish it by its MAC code.
Click on the Settings button to configure which media to share. From here you can select which media types are allowed to be streamed. In the interests of security, do not enable allowing computers and devices to connect automatically. Click on ok and start streaming music and radio directly from the device.