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How to control 'multiroom' device - AirPlay alike?

asked 2018-05-15 07:15:15 -0500

kvolny gravatar image

Please, can someone point me to a control application, or some setup steps how to add this functionality to an audio player applications, that would allow me to play music via 'multiroom' device connected to my home network?

Seems like I'm doing something wrong, but all I can find are servers that I can send music to or which share my local files, but not a client that would send the music to the receiver box/tell it which shared files to play. I can find dozens of Android apps like but not a single Linux one ...

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I suggest you use the distro called Volumio.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-05-15 09:14:20 -0500 )edit

Thanks, but that kinda defies the point of being able to control the device from my work computer with Fedora ... However, I'll try to investigate what software do they pack, if something can do the job for me.

kvolny gravatar imagekvolny ( 2018-05-15 11:29:26 -0500 )edit

What type of device is your audio player?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-05-15 14:14:18 -0500 )edit

August WR320 ... the manufacturer says I can just choose 'cast to device' when browsing audiofiles - on Windows 10, ouch :-(

kvolny gravatar imagekvolny ( 2018-05-16 06:06:39 -0500 )edit

re Volumio: "... possible by Volumio’s UI: a web applications that runs on any device with a browser" - um, so it doesn't have a control app but instead it provides own webpage to control it. So no inspiration here ...

kvolny gravatar imagekvolny ( 2018-05-16 07:23:48 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-05-16 12:53:04 -0500

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You should give pulseaudio-DLNA a try. I used it to stream mp3s from my Linux PC to my DAC device (running Volumio).

Project description can be found here:

You can install it from a copr: sudo dnf search pulseaudio-dlna.

Use dnf copr enable cygn/pulseaudio-dlna to enable the repository

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Ok, this seems to work, thanks!

However ...

  • this is the second 'worse' case I asked about, not a control app like those on the phone/tablet ... so still looking

  • it doesn't cope with multiroom, only one device can be chosen as output, if I haven't overlooked something?

  • I can't figure out how to choose the sink with mplayer, so I have to choose using external app (like pavucontrol) after the playback starts

  • sometimes, it loses part of the stream; volume control is crappy - I mean, it lags, and it causes the playback to jump

  • I'd prefer something from the main repo

kvolny gravatar imagekvolny ( 2018-05-21 14:24:47 -0500 )edit

oh, and one more thing - messing with pavucontrol breaks the volume control accessible via the systray icon :-(

kvolny gravatar imagekvolny ( 2018-05-22 00:51:22 -0500 )edit

So, what I did is using this Gnome extension to have an output selector on my desktop at all time. Though, not sure how to handle multi-room setups.

Does your player support MPD? If so, there are plenty of packages related to mpd. Enable both rpmfusion repos, and run dnf search mpd

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-05-22 08:15:26 -0500 )edit

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