Using your VortexBox with a Macintosh, (OS X), computer - Basic Tutorial - Part 3
Part 1 Copying Your Existing Music to Your VortexBox
Part 2 Playing Back Your Music
Part 3 Using the VortexBox web interface
ipaddress Determining the IP (Network) address of your VortexBox on your network
Part 3 Using the VortexBox appliance web interface
be careful changing any settings via the web interface. Any problems
caused by changing settings here are not covered by warranty.
great majority of the configuration and updating of the VortexBox
appliance is done via the web interface. You can connect to the web
interface of your VortexBox appliance by opening your web browser of
choice & entering http://vortexbox into the address bar. If your
web browser comes up with an error message saying it can't connect to
http://vortexbox, assuming that your setup meets the assumptions at the
start of Part 1of this tutorial, please use the tutorial here
to determine the IP (network) address of your VortexBox appliance on
your network. Once you've determined the IP address of your VortexBox
appliance, you can connect to it using the IP address is your web
browser, ie http://10.1.11.1, see below;
You go to the different pages of the web interface by clicking on the
icons down the left hand side. Clicking on the top icon, (has a house
symbol), will take you to the home pages, (the above page).
2. To go to the Squeezeserver page, click on the icon 2nd from the top, (looks like a speaker), see below;
To go to the CD Ripping status page, click on the 3rd icon from the
top; (looks like an external hard drive with a CD on top of it), see
will display the ripping log & if a CD is being ripped, the details
will show up in this window & will automatically update as the
ripping of the CD progresses.
To rip a CD, all you need to do is
put the CD to be ripped into the optical drive of your VortexBox
appliance. Assuming that your VortexBox appliance has Internet access
via your network, it will query some on line databases for the CD's
details including the track names & will download what it believes
to be the correct cover art for the CD.
Once it has finished ripping the CD, it will eject it.
4. To go to the flac mirroring page, click on the 4th icon from the top, (looks like a mirror). See below;
VortexBox appliance rips CDs to flac, (free lossless audio codec),
files. You can use this page to have your falc files ripped to
mp3 files for use with iTunes or your portable mp3 player or to ALAC,
(apple lossless audio codec), for use with iTunes or your iPod/iPhone.
quality of the mp3 files can be selected & you can select to have
your CDs automatically ripped to mp3 and/or alac files when you first
rip the CD
5. To check the status of your VortexBox appliance, click on the 5th icon from the top, (looks like a cog), see below;
To check the network settings of your VortexBox appliance, click on the
6th icon from the top, (looks like a network card), see below;
you can leave it set at the defaults, but if you need to change any
network settings, you can do it here. If you use a Sonos player, once
the Sonos software has been installed, see Step 11 below, you'll need
to select Enable Sonos share on this page.
7. To change other
settings, or to reboot the VortexBox appliance, change the time zone etc, click on the Settings
icon, 7th from the top, (looks like a crossed spanner &
screwdriver), see below;
To backup the contents of your VortexBox appliance, click on the 8th
icon from the top, (looks like an external hard drive with a USB symbol
on it). You use this window to configure backing up of your Vortexbox
to an external USB hard drive.
9. To have your VortexBox
appliance update itself to the latest version of the VortexBox
software, click on the bottom icon, (looks like a partially unwrapped
parcel), see below;
can use this page to get your VortexBox appliance to automatically
update to the latest version of the VortexBox software, to install
Bliss, (extra tool for acquiring CD cover art), Sonos Web
software for Sonos players, Subsonic, (allows you to play your music
via a web browser on a PC connected to the same network your VortexBox
appliance is on), and TwonkyMedia server, an alternate music server to
the Squeezeserver software already installed.
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Last updated 7/7/2010
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