Sorry for delay in getting back. Had a hiccup with a hospital eye test yesterday which made using a pc somewhat impossible.
My friends house is a largish dormer style, so a fair total floor area. When the house was wired a couple of years back, numerous cat5 data sockets fitted and wired back to the garage which is at one end. Loudspeakers were fitted in three rooms with decent speaker cable back to the garage. Three audio amps also reside in the garage. Not how I would have done it. The internet modem/router and three Airport Expresses are also in the garage together with some switches. Due works taking place there yesterday + my eye problem not too easy to fully investigate.
Firstly, the Airport expresses are NOT connected to any switch, they just run as a means of feeding the three amps.
The wish is that music can be played from a wifi source, say a laptop in any of the rooms, especially where the speakers are. That wish could be extended for music to also be played from a central music HDD server.
Due poor wifi in one of the rooms where there is also speakers, there is already a wireless access point connected to the wired network.
My initial thought is to connect the Airport Expresses to the wired network. By disconnecting some CAT5 sockets initially for a trial. As I understand it, the Airoprt Express uses as DtoA at the amplifier would then not be reliant on the wifi music source being within range of it,
I also wonder whether the Airport expresses can be better mounted/orientated to maximise wifi range, taking into account the length of audio cable connecting to the amps.
Any knowledge of what would be required in order to use a central music server would be most welcome.
Andrews & Arnold FTTC
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