Thanks for your note -
Following is a description of testing as suggested above:
Initiate music play from SqueezeBox Touch (player). Currently, no playlists are defined. All music playing is done through album selection.
The album selected via SqueezeBox Touch is displayed when in web-based LMS client (from browser on laptop).
Using the web-based LMS client I can change albums. The SqueezeBox Touch display is updated with the album I have selected in the web-based client.
I can go back and forth between initiating music from the web-based LMS client and the SqueezeBox Touch without any difficulty.
I start up MM and initially keep MonkeySqueeze disabled. Within MM, I am able to listen to music stored on the external VortexBox using the laptop’s speakers.
I stop the music playing in MM and enable MonkeySqueeze (icon displayed in turquoise). Two separate horizontal bars appears immediately above display area in which MM writes the currently playing track. After approximately 45 seconds the string “Synchronizing Playlists” appears in the leftmost horizontal bar.
After MonkeySqueeze is enabled (as described above), and I play an album in MM, music is played locally on the laptop speakers. The web-based LMS client is not updated with the album I’ve selected in MM – which suggests it cannot access the LMS in the same way that either SqueezeBox Touch or the web-based LMS client are both able to do. No music is streamed to the stereo as it was when using the web-based LMS client or SqueezeBox Touch.
At this point, I’m quite confident that MonkeySqueeze settings in MM are set correctly. Again, the Media Monkey Music Folder is set to “X:\”. This drive is mapped directly to the music/flac folder on the VortexBox. From within windows explorer on the laptop, I access all album folders directly when I navigate to the X-drive. This is the same folder that is specified on the Basic Settings tab for the LMS (i.e. /storage/music/flac).
You asked whether there might be another program which might be using the same HTTP port number as LMS (i.e. 9000). VortexBox (from Small Green Computer) is running as it was shipped. No additional software has been installed. Related observations follow below.
After rebooting the laptop two services connect to port 9000 LMS. The first is wmpnetwk.exe, which appears to be the Windows Media Sharing Service. The second is explore.exe. I’m not aware of how either discover and connect to the LMS service, but they do. For reasons explained below, I believe this is a benign situation unrelated to the problem I’m trying to solve.
When I start the web-based client, I can see that new connections are made to port 9000 on the LMS. When I exit out of chrome, these connections are dropped as expected (i.e. connection state is TIME_WAIT). As expected, the presence of wmpnetwk.exe and explore.exe connecting to the LMS service on port 9000 does not prevent the web-based client from connecting.
When I start MM with MonkeySqueeze disabled, a number of connections to port 9000 appear listed in TIME_WAIT status. The LMS is listed as a Media Server within MM, and I assume these temporary connections have something to do with status polling.
When I toggle on (i.e. enable) MonkeySqueeze within MM, I expect to see a persistent connection from MM to Port 9000 and this is in fact exactly what I see in netstat. There is a new persistent connection from MM to Port 9000. When I toggle MonkeySqueeze off, I still see the connection to Port 9000, but this connection is dropped when I restart MM.
On a final note, I’ve installed Squeeze Play on my laptop, and have validated that I can access the music library and play music exactly as I can via the SqueezeBox Touch. The step you suggested however is not whether I can use SqueezePlay directly, but rather can MM control what SqueezePlay after updating the MAC address in MM. After updating the MAC address with the MAC address from SqueezePlay, I found I was unable to stream music to SqueezePlay. This is not surprising since I was unable to see any change in the web-based LMS client. (SqueezePlay is available via the URL below. It works fine, but cannot be controlled via MM. http://downloads.slimdevices.com/nightly/?ver=7.7
I'm certainly baffled at this point