Aluratek WiFi/Wireless Internet Radio Tuner - Home Theater Edition - AIREC01F

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4.5
Overall Satisfaction
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Value
4.5
Ease of Use
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This is a great tuner, especially for the price. The sound quality is very good, and there are so many stations to choose from. I am able to connect to the internet using a wireless connection to my Uverse router, which has WPA security enabled. Nice LCD display and it is easy to navigate. Made a firmware update too without any problem. Highly recommended!

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Playing BBC Radio 3 or Radio France Musique, the Aluratek unit almost convinces me I'm living abroad. The sound is better than radio and better than the output of my netbook plugged in to the stereo; presumably, the Aluratek unit has a better sound card. These are the advantages of radio by computer over radio by radio waves. The problems are that it's still a computer. It can take a minute to boot and then connect to my home's wireless router. Then it can be as long as another minute to connect to a station. Think of the warm-up time as the modern version of vacuum tubes. Sometimes, a station will go dead for a minute or so before coming back, but don't blame Aluratek: the same can happen on computers at the office. There are sometimes strange interactions involving the Aluratek, the router, and other computers on the network. For playing sound files from my computers, Fuppes works, but Gmediaserver does not. On one computer, Fuppes works only if the computer is hardwired. Occasionally, the Aluratek unit fails to negotiate WPA2 encryption with the router and has to be rebooted. The interface is a little unintuitive: for example, there are two "favorites" lists, one the box has to retrieve from the Vtuner Web site, the other saved locally on the Aluratek unit. Someitmes, it would be nice if the display continued to show the radio station (and buffering status) instead of timing out to the time display. (Hitting any button on the remote control returns the display to the radio station.) Since it is a computer, it wouldn't have cost the manufacturer anything to add an HTTP or telnet interface, letting the user control the box from another computer. (In fact, there is an HTTP interface, but it's set up only to download firmware upgrades.) These quibbles, however, are minor. The Aluratek unit lets one listen to music through the stereo, delivering higher quality than a tuner and thousands more stations. It is more convenient than plugging a laptop into the stereo and having to deal with a different Web interface for each station, and, in my test at least, sounds better too. I thought it was well worth $100, and now I see it's selling for even less.

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Great Tuner !

on 6/27/2009

This is a great tuner, especially for the price. The sound quality is very good, and there are so many stations to choose from. I am able to connect to the internet using a wireless connection to my Uverse router, which has WPA security enabled. Nice LCD display and it is easy to navigate. Made a firmware update too without any problem. Highly recommended! Read More

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excellent unit

by Martin on 8/28/2009

This internet radio unit is awesome, work really fine wireless, plus you can play the music store in your computer anywhere in your house, this product is great......... Read More

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Product Overview

Aluratek’s new Home Theater Edition Wifi Internet Radio allows you to easily access more than 11,000 radio stations in over 150 countries around the world with no monthly fees. Easily integrate the Wifi Internet Radio with any home theater as all receivers are supported. Simply turn the unit on and it will automatically connect to your wireless router allowing you to explore a world of entertainment utilizing the included easy to navigate remote control. You can search for music geographically by continent/country/state or by the more than 50 different available genres including a wealth of news, talk and sports radio stations broadcast throughout the world. Once you find a favorite station whether it’s from your local country/state or while visiting other countries around the world simply add it to your favorites list (up to 500 stations) for easy future access. Don’t be limited to what you can tune in from your old AM/FM radio anymore. Take advantage of WiFi and internet technology to free yourself to travel the world musically and have fun while doing it. You can also stream your music library from your local pc/media server or plug in a USB flash/thumb drive to read MP3’s if the 11,000+ radio station weren’t enough. Welcome to the world of internet radio from Aluratek and let the fun begin.

Specifications

Manufacturer Aluratek
Mfg Part# AIREC01F
SKU 210921173
UPC 812658010092
UPC 14 00812658010092
Features
Choose between more than 11,000+ radio stations worldwide via built-in vTuner with no monthly cost.
HD stations supported
No monthy fees or subscription costs
Easy install and setup
Time and date automatically sets
Supports All Receivers
Search music by genre, i.e. classic, pop, talk, news, sports etc. and geographically over 150 countries
Compatible with universal Plug-n-Play audio servers such as: Microsoft Media Player 11 (WMP11), Microsoft Media Connect, MusicMatch Jukebox
Wireless access WIFI 802.11 b/g, Ethernet and USB 2.0 (host only) connectivity
Access music files stored on a USB 2.0 flash drive, MP3 player or Hard drive through the unit’s USB port
Uses standard RCA audio (Stereo line out) for speaker connection
No PC is required
1 Year limited warranty
Tech Specs
Product Requirements
Wired or wireless router
Internet connection
Package Contents
WiFi Internet Radio
Remote Control
RCA Cable
Power Adaptor
Instructional Manual / CD
Quick Start Guide
Warranty / Registration Card
Antenna Internal 2dBi
Audio Port (2) x RCA connectors - stereo OUT
Data Rate 54 Mbps (802.11g) / 11 Mbps (802.11b)
Ether Port RJ45,10 / 100Mbps (Auto-MDI/MDIX)
Front Panel Display 128 x 64 graphic-based, back-lit LCD
Input Voltage DC 5V / 3A
Media Formats MP3 / WMA / WAV
Memory Flash 1MB, SDRAM 2MB
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz
Operating Temperature 0°C~40°C (32°F~104°F)
Range Coverage Indoors: 35-100m / Outdoors: 100-300m
Security WEP encryption & WPA 2.0 supported
Storage Temperature -20°C~60°C (-4°F~140°F)
Unit Dimensions (L x W x H) 8.5 in. x 6 in. x 1.7 in. (21.6 cm x 15.2 cm x 4.3 cm)
Unit Weight 1.8 lbs. (0.82 kg)
USB Port (1) x USB 2.0 (Type A)
WiFi Standard IEEE 802.11b / 802.11g
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