Raspberry Pi Firmware Update

Since 1,5 years I’m facing problems with my Raspberry Pi with Squeezplug installed that it freezes from time to time meaning it’s not more reachable via SSH oder any other way.

I did lots of research but did not find any solution. I was thinking it has something todo with bad network connection, corrupted SD and also did one reboot per night but all of it did not help really.

In the end I was totally frustrated and I was thinking to buy a new one but than I was thinking that before this I will try a firmware update. But I did not think that there will be any effect.

But I was wrong. It fixed it completely and now it runs smooth.

Firmware update btw. is super easy.

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Squeeze my Pi

After ordering the Raspberry Pi I’ve asked myself what to do with that piece of hardware. The answer is that I wanted a software Squeezbox player.

Finally after 6 weeks of waiting my Raspberry Pi arrived. Yeah. 😉 I’v ordered the Pi, a case, a power adapter, a WiFi adapter (EDIMAX EW-7811UN) and a SD card. So totally I’ve spended around 70 Euro. Just as a comparison to the cheapest Squeezebox player which is 130 Euro.

There is already a distribution that is made for that purpose: SqueezePlug

So just put the image to the SD card, start the Pi with the SD card and log in (root:nosoup4u). First steps are expanding the filesystem and updating the SquuezePlug and the underlying Debian distribution. I had to do that with LAN cable attached in advance to install the WiFi adapter because prior to 6.01 there are problems with Wifi setup. Then just install the desired player or server and that’s it.

For me the Pi does very good work. Even multiroom works fine. Excepted the WiFi issue the SqueezePlug distribution is awsome!

Definitly my next Squeezebox will also be a Pi. 😉

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Squeezebox und Android

Da ich mit der App von Logitech für die Squeezebox nicht so einfach 100% zufrieden war, ich auch einen Software Player testen wollte und darüber hinaus auch noch für mein Nexus 7 20 Euro Playstore Guthaben bekommen habe, habe ich mir Squeeze Commander und Squeeze Player gekauft.
Squeeze Commander ist ein Alternative für die Controller App von Logitech. Meiner Meinung nach lohnt sich diese nur, wenn man mehr als einen Player hat. Die Bedienung ist ein wenig gewöhnungsbedürftig aber wenn man sich daran gewöhnt hat, kann man mehrere Player sehr einfach damit steuern. Ansonsten lohnt sich der Preis von fast 4 Euro nicht.
Der Squeeze Player ist ein Software Player für die Squeezebox. Man kann diesen nur aktivieren bzw. deaktivieren. Die Steuerung erfolgt über einen Controller z.B. Squeeze Commander. Natürlich kann man diesen auch mit den Hardware Playern synchronisieren und ich habe keine schlechtere Synchronität als zwischen Hardware Playern bemerkt. Also eine nette Alternative zu einem neuen Hardware Player. Jetzt brauche ich nur noch eine Dockingstation mit Lautsprechern für mein Nexus 7 😉

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