1x E4800 2.4GHz C2D workstation w/4GB RAM, 250GB HDD ~$1000NZD (It does some other tasks too)
2x Logitech Z2300 THX Cert 400w RMS 2.1 speakers ~$200NZDea (Director + IT Guy)
1x Logitech Z4 2.1 ~$70NZD (Reception)
1x Ozaki 2.0 ~$20NZD (back office)
1x Logitech Squeezebox (~$350NZD) + Existing mini-system as speakers (Kitchen / Staff Room / Deck / Bar)
4x Softsqueeze 3.5 Windows software clients (connected to the speakers) (free)
1x Squeezecenter Media Server (open source) + iTunes (free)
I believe all the 'Squeeze' software is available on Windows/OSX/Linux as well.
Total cost around $1900, including a Workstation class PC that is overkill for the job (You could probably get away with a $100 P4 from Trademe).
- Put workstation in rack, connect to our Cisco network, confirm average max throughput of around 90Mbps.
- Install iTunes.
- Import music to iTunes.
- Create iTunes playlists.
- Install Squeezecenter.
- Set to constantly auto import iTunes music and playlists.
- Install Softsqueeze headless client on staff machines (so they can't control whats playing - just their own volume).
- Install Softsqueeze client on key staff machines (can control whats playing plus own volume controls).
- Control access (or not) to http://<hostname>:9000 (Main Squeezecenter interface) where you can search for, queue, or play, artists, albums, songs, genres, iTunes playlists, and have a master volume control for ALL players on the network, as well as general play/pause/rew etc etc.
- Network utilisation (on the workstation) averaging around 10% (100Mbps link) (No noticeable effect on our Citrix clients).
- RAM Use (1GB installed till 2 x 2GB sticks arrive tomorrow) maxed out, but coping, just.
- CPU utilisation constantly and evenly hopping back and forth between 5 and 15% or so.
Also streams fine through to my ADSL VPN at home with no stuttering (fs/fs ADSL).
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