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    OK, this looks interesting.

    I'll admit I'm a total noob at this kind of stuff. But since the TP-Link device has a USB port, could you not put in a large USB stick, or a USB hard drive and access that from your tablet through Wi-fi? Would having the CarPC be even required, if all you wanted it to be was a music server? Just a tablet accessing the stored music on the USB drive plugged into the TP-Link?

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    The USB port is for 3G dongle I believe...

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    It is, but with DD-WRT, you should actually be able to use a mass storage device in that port if you wanted to. Might have to flash to a later version of DD-WRT. I have one ordered so I'll test that very thing if nobody gets to it before me.
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    Cool, thanks for that Tidder!

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    So I purchased the D-link DAP-1350 and installed Splashtop on my PC and tablet. The D-link router works great but Splashtop is tough to use on the tablet, as it doesn't take up the full screen. It does play audio from the CarPC as if I was using a touchscreen monitor, which is something Windows Remote Desktop can't do. Although I could make it work I would really like to find an app or software that would be more seamless. Any input is appreciated!

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    If you're looking just for audio playback, Subsonic plus one of the android, iphone, or windows clients might be something interesting to look into. Subsonic server can be loaded on windows. You can either stream audio to the tablet or use the tablet to control the subsonic server in a jukebox style mode.

    http://www.subsonic.org

    Also, the xtralogic RDP app for android is amazing, however I don't know if it can keep the audio local instead of redirecting to the client. I'll check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhornbr225 View Post
    OK, this looks interesting.

    I'll admit I'm a total noob at this kind of stuff. But since the TP-Link device has a USB port, could you not put in a large USB stick, or a USB hard drive and access that from your tablet through Wi-fi? Would having the CarPC be even required, if all you wanted it to be was a music server? Just a tablet accessing the stored music on the USB drive plugged into the TP-Link?
    One of the problems you will face, as I did, is audio quality out of a tablet. So far I've tried two different android devices and have been severely disappointed with quality. First, Galaxy Tab 7" (first generation), bass response was almost non-existent. I tried some of the audio mods and custom firmwares and got a little better, but still not as good as my CarPC. Next try was Droid 4 streaming music from my SubSonic server at home. I forced the bitrate to 320 just to make sure it wasn't a stream issue. Droid 4 was much better than the Galaxy Tab, but was still crappy. I'm wondering if maybe one of the Nexus tablets would be better.

    Even iPhone/iPod/iPad suffer from audio quality issues in my experience. Once again streaming using SubSonic server @ home to my iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 was sad at best. But I'm not really happy unless I'm listening to FLAC anyway. MP3s always leave me feeling sad, I can hear audio hiss during silence, etc. My reasoning for a CarPC + Subsonic is subsonic supports FLAC under linux natively, and doesn't re-encode or compress when using jukebox mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    If you're looking just for audio playback, Subsonic plus one of the android, iphone, or windows clients might be something interesting to look into. Subsonic server can be loaded on windows. You can either stream audio to the tablet or use the tablet to control the subsonic server in a jukebox style mode.

    http://www.subsonic.org

    Also, the xtralogic RDP app for android is amazing, however I don't know if it can keep the audio local instead of redirecting to the client. I'll check it out.
    Thanks Tidder; I'm definitely going to check this out!

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    So I was doing some research on Windows RDP and found out that you can set it up to play audio from the remote PC. If you bring up the RDP window there's a tab called Local Resources and then a button called Settings. If you open that there's a radio button called Play on Remote Computer, which when enabled plays the audio from the host computer (in my case the CarPC). I'm going to test it playing music from either WMP or Windows Media Center and also other programs that I plan to use. I will keep you posted!

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    You can do that with the windows client, but afaik it has to be implemented into the client. The host does not control it. What are you using for an RDP client? For some reason I was under the impression you were using... not windows, otherwise I could have told you how to do that.
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