No, you can listen to AM or FM radio and music files from an SD Card without the use of a network connection. You can listen to Internet radio if you have a network connection, even if no computer is running. The SoundBridge Radio's music streaming features (play from iTunes, Windows Media Connect, Rhapsody, MusicMatch, etc.) require that you have a computer running this software.
Probably- check to see if they are being broadcast on the Internet by finding your station's web page. If they broadcast on the Internet, check Radio Roku to see if the station is already listed with our internet radio service. You can also determine compatibility of the streaming url by using Roku Radio Snooper.
All the stations listed on Radio Roku have been verified to play on the SoundBridge with software version 3.0. So, the simplest way to check on a particular station is to visit Radio Roku and use the Search feature to look for the station. If your station isn't listed, it may still be possible to play it, but there's really no way to be sure besides trying it out. Internet Radio is still a very new media and the industry has not standardized around formats. That said, Roku Radio Snooper will in most cases accurately tell you if a radio stream is compatible with SoundBridge.
Method 1: The easiest way to use Internet radio on your SoundBridge is to use the new SoundBridge 3.0 software, which is a free upgrade. With SoundBridge 3.0, your SoundBridge has direct access to a directory of thousands of Internet radio stations, provided by the new Radio Roku web site. Using your remote control, you can browse stations by genre, language, location and popularity, or search by name or keyword. Or, visit the web site and use drag-and-drop technologies to manage your Presets and favorite stations.
Method 2: The 18 preset buttons on the SoundBridge Radio are each set to a popular Internet Radio station out-of-the-box.
Method 3: The SoundBridge Radio comes pre-programmed with a list of almost 100 great stations that you can find using the Scan button. You can then program a preset to one of these stations by holding down the preset button for a few seconds while listening to the station.
Method 4: You may add your own from the thousands available on the Internet using the built-in web interface, or memorize stations from certain music servers (like iTunes).
Method 5: You may use Roku Radio Snooper as a simple method to quickly find a streaming url and set a new Internet radio station as one of your presets.
The Radio Snooper is a fantastic application that finds station urls, determines compatibility with SoundBridge Radio and gives you the option to immediately play a compatible Internet radio station or store it as one of your eighteen presets.
- Download Roku Radio Snooper from Roku Radio Snooper
- Run the Radio Snooper and then listen to any Internet radio stream using your PC as you would normally. Snooper will test the stream, determine compatibility in an instant, and then present you with the option to play the compatible URL or set the Internet radio station as a preset.
- Click the Play URL on Soundbridge button to listen, or click the Store URL as Preset on SoundBridge button to make the station an Internet radio preset.
Yes. If the SoundBridge radio is not able to play the selected digital music source at alarm time, it will play a buzzing/beeping tone instead.
SoundBridge supports 40/64 and 128-bit WEP security.WPA Support (all in-production models)
SoundBridge software version 2.7 or later adds support for WPA to:
- Roku SoundBridge M1001
- Roku SoundBridge Radio
- Pinnacle SoundBridge M1001
- Pinnacle SoundBridge Radio
- Pinnacle SoundBridge HomeMusic models (only available in Europe and the UK)
SoundBridge 2.7 or later supports WPA1 Personal (also known as WPA-PSK and TKIP) and WPA2 Personal (also known as WPA2-PSK, CCMP and AES). It does not support WPA Enterprise.
NOTE: The older SoundBridge models (M500, M1000, and M2000) do not support WPA, and will not in the future. It was not feasible to add WPA support to them.
The super-bright VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) is 280x32 pixels. Three font sizes make it very easy to read song titles, artist names and playlist information. In the largest font mode it displays one line of text; in the smallest, four lines are displayed.
Yes, it has a light sensor to automatically dim it when the lights are out.
Yes. If the SoundBridge Radio is in Standby, it will "wake up" the display when the alarm sounds.
The physical size of the display is the same as the M1000 series. However, the Soundbridge Radio has a 280x32 pixel display versus a 280x16 pixel display (twice the vertical resolution).
No. The SoundBridge Radio does not have an Ethernet port; it uses Wi-Fi exclusively.
Yes, there is a sleep feature with several options for specific settings.
SoundBridge Radio can play AAC files created by importing your own CDs; however, iTunes Music Store files ("Protected AAC files") are not supported unless you first save them to a CD and then re-rip them.
Protected WMA files purchased from a PlaysForSure music service (http://www.playsforsure.com) are playable when using the Windows Media Connect server.
Yes, both subscription and purchased files from Yahoo's Music Unlimited Service are supported.
Currently, they are not. DRM (Digital Rights Managed) files cannot be played via SD/MMC card.
SoundBridge Radio supports MP3 and WMA (.ASX) Internet radio stations.
SoundBridge Radio will work with 802.11b and 802.11g networks using almost any off-the-shelf Wi-Fi router. These include Wi-Fi routers from Apple, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, and others.
The SoundBridge Radio is intended for stand-alone use. If you want to stream music or Internet radio to powered speakers or your stereo system, the SoundBridge M1000 is designed to do so. Note that the SoundBridge Radio's headphone jack can be used as a line level out if you want to connect it to your stereo system.
Yes, the SoundBridge Radio can be controlled via its Web interface just like all of the other SoundBridge products. All SoundBridge models also have a control protocol (RCP) that many developers have used to write software to control SoundBridge from Crestons, PDAs, and other devices.
Some NAS devices are able to run a music server on the NAS itself. SoundBridge Radio can connect to such a NAS. Otherwise, you must be running a server program on a computer on your network, which must be able to access the files on the NAS. Note that some music servers will not serve up files on a remote volume.
SoundBridge Radio includes high-quality, built-in powered speakers and ported subwoofer. They were custom designed for Roku by Godehard Guenther, famous audio designer and founder of A/D/S.
Front left and right speakers: Two Linear Magnetic Drive (LMD) Full-Range Speakers, +0/-6dB from 80Hz to 20kHz, each in its own tuned acoustic enclosure and each powered by a built-in 20Wrms 3G digital amplifier.
Subwoofer: One Linear Magnetic Drive (LMD) Subwoofer, +/-3dB from 40Hz to 160Hz, in a proprietary Delta-TunnelT tuned acoustic enclosure and powered by a built-in 30Wrms 3G digital amplifier.
There is no limit for streaming Internet radio. However, servers such as iTunes, MusicMatch, and Rhapsody limit the number of clients that can be connected to each library. This limit varies depending upon the server used (usually it is between 5 and 10).
Yes, the SoundBridge Radio ships with an external AM antenna and an external FM antenna.
SoundBridge Radio measures 11" wide x 6" high x 6.5" deep, and weighs 4 lbs. 15 oz.
The SoundBridge Radio is only available in black.
Yes. The SoundBridge Radio supports gradual volume ramping for a more pleasant wake-up experience.
Yes. SoundBridge Radio supports a full-function clock radio with multiple alarm settings. Wake up to digital music, Internet radio, AM/FM radio, playlists, podcasts or a choice of several alarm tones.
Most functions of the SoundBridge Radio can be operated by the top panel buttons. The button controls include: Radio and Playlist Presets, Source Selector (AM/FM/Playlist/SD Slot/Internet Radio/Music Servers), Power and Volume, Preset Bank, Snooze/Sleep, Alarm, and Scan Up/Down. You will need the remote to browse network servers.
The SoundBridge Radio has Radio and Playlist preset buttons located on the top panel. These presets can play any source (AM/FM/Internet Radio/iTunes/PlaysForSure, etc)
A total of 18 presets can be stored in three banks of six.
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