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TOPIC: "IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1?

"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 3 weeks ago #37532

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I recently upgraded to the 88BM Utility Program ver 2.1 and noticed a box in the upper right corner for an IP address and an option for "Auto"? Just curious--what is the purpose of this? Do newer models of the 88A have a network connection?

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"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 3 weeks ago #37533

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I suspect it is to support the new WiFi/Ethernet to USB Bridge.

www.minidsp.com/products/accessories/wi-dg
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"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 3 weeks ago #37534

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wl1 wrote:
I suspect it is to support the new WiFi/Ethernet to USB Bridge.

www.minidsp.com/products/accessories/wi-dg

Thanks, that makes sense. I was unaware of this new product offering. Looks to be quite useful.
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"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 3 weeks ago #37547

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Question for DevTeam:-

I can see that you have added facilities to various Plugins to support the use of the WI-DG Wi-Fi to USB Bridge - but will support be added to the Dirac Live Calibration Tools application for DDRC88BM users? Or is the Wi-Fi Bridge part of the changes required to support the next version of Dirac - as it would appear that direct USB connectivity was one of the things Dirac wanted to move away from??????????

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"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 2 weeks ago #37603

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Dear All

indeed, that new IP box is for control of the plugin via the WI-DG. Plug a WIDG to the back of your DDRC-88 and you'll suddenly have Wifi control for your "miniDSP plugin" and Alexa voice control for your system:
www.minidsp.com/applications/advanced-tools/alexa-voice-control

Note that this solution only works for miniDSP plugin. Dirac software still uses a USB DLL that doesn't support IP. As a company policy, we can't speak for the future until a feature is out as we just never know the challenges ahead of us but some of you are already good at guessing stuff.. ;-)

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"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 2 weeks ago #37607

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Kindly clarify what you mean by “Wi-Fi Control for the MiniDSP plug-in”. Are you saying that I can sit across the room in my normal seating position, with my laptop running the 88BM plug-in, and have full control of configuring the 88A Settings? I am not sure this is all that different from what I do today with a 5 Meter USB cable.

And as for Alexa voice control, when I issue the command to raise the volume, does it raise the volume one tick on the control? If I want to raise the volume 5 ticks, do I issue the command 5 times in a row? You know I have nothing but the greatest respect for MiniDSP products and solutions, but Alexa voice control seems like a complete waste of time to me. I can pick up the remote control and accomplish the same thing. You should be focusing engineering time to develop useful enhancements, like a 16-Channel Dirac Live solution.
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"IP Address" box on 88BM ver 2.1? 3 months 3 days ago #37712

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@ Jerry

Yes, that's indeed correct. The WIDG allows for wifi control OR voice control. That's convenient for a lot of applications where say a)room is too long for a USB cable b)Room isn't accessible or in case of a car, it's just trouble to run a USB to the back of the car. Please bear in mind that WIDG doesn't control only the 88BM. It controls almost all our products.. :-)

miniDSP is a large community by now, we're trying to please everybody and better/easier control is a path in our roadmap.. :-) What you're referring to here (a 16ch Dirac is from a complete different complexity level than what the WIDG is, i.e. a simple add on accessory to help for better control). You're not realizing yet, but indeed one day, you will find this tiny accessory very useful to you.. ;-)
Enough said.. :-)

Hoping this info helps clarify

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