Squeezebox Receiver without a controller

It is indeed possible to setup a standalone Logitech Squeezebox (Duet) media receiver without needing to fork out for the controller. To be frank there are much better (and cheaper) controller software solutions out there for iOS and Android, but an extra Squeezebox receiver can be very handy.

The Squeezebox receiver can currently be picked up for just shy of £80 from Superfi – inclusive of VAT and delivery!

Once you’ve got your receiver you’ll need to configure it with an IP address and server information. Usually this would be done via the controller, but thanks to Robin Bowes you can use his Net::UDAP Perl module to do it all from a PC or Mac.

As long as you’re comfortable using the command line and Perl, you will find the udap_shell.pl script very simple to use and be up and running within minutes.

Squeezebox Server on a budget

Looking for an inexpensive, quiet and low-power Squeezebox Server?

The O2 Joggler is a rebadged version of a OpenPeak OpenFrame 7″ touch-screen device. It has an Intel Atom Z520 CPU running at 1.3Ghz, 512Mb of RAM and 1GB of internal flash storage. You can also run it as a fully functioning Squeezebox Server!

Here’s how:

  • First check that your Joggler is running the latest 26635.S3 (Jun 25 2010) software, if it’s not then update
  • You will need telnet access, so download this Joggler telnet hack
  • Unpack the Zip archive to the root of a USB stick formatted in FAT16 or FAT32
  • Unplug the Joggler, insert the USB stick, then power on again and wait!
  • When the Joggler reboots it will have telnet enabled 🙂
  • Telnet to the IP address of your Joggler and login with the username ‘letmein’
  • Download Logitech’s Squeezebox Server v7.5.1 and save to your PC desktop

Now use these commands to download and install flipflip’s Squeezebox server wrapper:

cd /media
mkdir /media/ssods4 /opt
ln -s /media/ssods4 /opt/ssods4
cd /opt/ssods4
wget http://oinkzwurgl.org/downloads/ssods/ssods-4.9.1-i686.tar.gz
tar -xzvpf ssods-4.9.1-i686.tar.gz
echo "ssods:*:1000:1000:ssods:/opt/ssods4:" >> /etc/passwd
echo "ssods:*:1000:" >> /etc/group
LC_ALL= /opt/ssods4/etc/init.d/rc.ssods start

Assuming all the above has gone ok, you can now open a browser and finish the Squeezebox server installation:

  • Open a web browser on your PC and enter the URL of your Joggler, e.g.
  • Follow the instructions in SSOXX to upload the squeezeboxserver-7.5.1.tgz file you downloaded earlier and then install the SqueezeCenter tar ball
  • When it’s finished you should see Success messages like the screenshot below
  • Now just click on ‘Start SqueezeboxServer’ to fire it up

If you are going to use your Joggler as a dedicated Squeezebox Server then you might want to make the following tweaks to ensure that it all starts up automatically and unnecessary processes are disabled:

  • Edit  /etc/init.d/boot.d/S99boot.hacks and add the line ‘LC_ALL= /opt/ssods4/etc/init.d/rc.ssods start’ in the starthacks() function, just after the telnetd line should be fine (my S99boot.hacks additions are at the end of this post)
  • Go into the SSOXX settings tab and make sure that autostart is enabled
  • Stop the X11 server and O2 GUI from loading by commenting out the following two lines from the end of /etc/init.d/rcS
cd /openpeak/tango
./run &
  • Disable automatic software updating to ensure that all your good work is not undone in the future:
echo " localhost applog.openpeak.net o2.openpeak.com o2.openpeak.co.uk" > /etc/hosts

I want to keep my Joggler in a cupboard and forget all about it, so I have no use for the display.
To save power I switch the screen off entirely, to do this I use Starter’s driver patches:

cd /media
wget http://get.intanet.com/dl/brightness.sh
wget http://get.intanet.com/dl/bp
./brightness.sh allowscreenoff 1
./brightness.sh negativevalues 1

Add the following line to /etc/init.d/boot.d/S99boot.hacks:

/bin/echo "-3">/proc/blctrl"

If you want to mount a Samba/CIFS share (like a NAS mount) you will need to download the cifs.ko kernel module and add that to the startup file.

The starthacks() function in my /etc/init.d/boot.d/S99boot.hacks startup file now looks like this:

  # enable telnet
  # load CIFS kernel module
  /sbin/insmod /media/cifs.ko
  /bin/sleep 2
  # mount network share
  /bin/mount -t cifs // /mnt/music -o user=music,password=secret
  /bin/sleep 2
  # disable screen
  /bin/echo "-3">/proc/blctrl
  # start SSOXX and Squeezebox Server
  LC_ALL= /opt/ssods4/etc/init.d/rc.ssods start

Reboot your Joggler for the display driver patches to load.