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rio car dot org FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Category: Main -> Networking and home connection questions
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·  I don't have a serial port on my PC. Is the serial port required? 
·  Which is faster, USB or Ethernet? 
·  How do I hook up the player with ethernet? 
·  Why can't I get ethernet to work? 
·  Can I use the ethernet connection with the car docking sled? 
·  Can the Rio Car player be used as a server for the Rio Receiver? 
·  Can the Rio Car player play streaming audio from a Rio Receiver server? 
·  Can I use a wireless ethernet connection to the player? 
·  Can I connect the headphone output from another device to the aux input of the player? 
·  Can I use headphones to listen to the player directly? 
·  How can I listen to the player on my computer? 
·  I can't hear the empeg through my computer speakers! 
·  Where can I get a spare AC power supply for my player? 

·  Can the Rio Car connect to other USB devices such as portable USB hard drives?
 (Entry last updated on December 26th, 2004)

The Rio Car only has a USB "slave" port. It does not have a USB "master" port, so it cannot act as a host to other slave devices.

This precludes many things. The following things cannot be done with the car player's USB port:

  • Attach a portable USB hard drive for offline storage.

  • Attach a portable USB CD, CD-R, or DVD drive.

  • Attach a portable MP3 player and send tunes to it.

  • Attach a USB-ethernet converter.

  • Attach a USB-based wireless 802.11b adapter.

  • Attach a digital camera for storing its pictures on the car player's hard disk.

  • Connect two car players directly to each other for sharing tunes.

The only USB ports it can be connected to are those on PC computers with the proper driver software. At the current time, that is only Windows PCs running the Emplode software.

Finally, keep in mind that the player has a fully-functional 10baseT ethernet port, and there's a lot more useful stuff you can do with ethernet.

·  Can I connect to the player via FTP or HTTP? 
·  Can I connect to my player 'by name' over ethernet? 

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