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Radio via network?

Web radio over wireless networks
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With the proliferation of wireless networks, it seems that it may become commonplace to have a neighborhood-wide LAN with several buildings serving as nodes. Media providers could make such a package and sell to an entire neighborhood with several site rather than individual houses.

One of my gripes with AM/FM radio is that I can't get any of the cool stations I want. Satellite web radio is exceedingly expensive and seems silly.

The idea would be to, using a NLAN(Neighborhood LAN), build a radio that takes either programmable IP or flashmedia-programmed IP addresses and have a radio that listens to the wireless network, and uses a low-bandwidth stream. Cost to build one might be a little more than a standard radio, but in my opinion, that would come down with time, and the stations are worth it.

narq, Dec 08 2001


       Well, in any network setting, range is limited right now. Some kind of antennae on rooftops may help.
narq, Dec 08 2001

       [UnaBubba] didn't even mention the royalties issue...
phoenix, Dec 08 2001

       There are already internet radio stations and wireless networking. Combine.
StarChaser, Dec 08 2001

       [StarChaser], that's the idea. The problem, as mentioned, is that distance is cut short once any sort of impedance is present. These things are not and with some exceptions (large cities and well to-do suburbs), probably never will become all encompassing. That leaves car stereo systems to support satellite. Overall I think its pretty feasible, even with given technology, if we can find a means to broadcast to a greater range.
narq, Dec 08 2001


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