How to wirelessly stream music from your PC to another room
A digital audio receiver lets you listen to music streamed wirelessly from your PC's hard drive over your home network.
Some digital audio receivers are components that connect to your home stereo system. Others are standalone boomboxes or minisystems, with their own speakers.
To wirelessly stream music to a digital audio receiver, you must connect a Wi-Fi router or access point to the PC where your music files are stored. The digital audio receiver must be within range of the Wi-Fi network.
To install a component digital audio receiver, connect the receiver's digital audio output to your home stereo system's digital audio input. Digital connections deliver the best sound quality. If the receiver doesn't have a digital audio output, connect its analog audio outputs to the analog audio inputs on the stereo.
A boombox or minisystem-style digital audio receiver is a self-contained system, so it shouldn't need to be connected to any external amplifier or audio system. Simply follow the included instructions, which should guide you through connecting any necessary peripherals, such as included antennas.
Once the wireless network is in place and the digital audio receiver is set up, install music-server software on the PC where your music files are located. This software may come on a CD-ROM, or it may be available as a free download.
Some digital audio receivers will work with any Universal Plug and Play, or UPnP, compliant application, such as MusicMatch Jukebox or Windows Media Connect. If that's the case, you may not need to install any new software.
With the digital audio receiver set up, the network in place, and the proper software running on the PC, it's now time to get configure the receiver to interface with the wireless network. Power on the receiver and follow the included instructions. Follow the prompts on the receiver to establish a link with your wireless network.
Once your digital audio receiver has been configured, use the remote control to navigate and play your PC-based audio files. Enjoy.