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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?
 (Entry last updated on February 16th, 2002)

For loading music onto the car player, Ethernet is faster. Some people report that it's up to twice as fast as USB, or faster.

But isn't USB 12mbps? That should be 20% faster than the 10mbps ethernet on the car player.

And if we lived in a perfect world of blue skies, flowers and little fluffy bunnies, manufacturers wouldn't over-inflate hardware specifications.

USB is interrupt-driven and has a lot of overhead in its protocol, making it very CPU-bound. As a result, USB doesn't approach its theoretical maximum as often as ethernet does.


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


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