This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is for general product information. If you have a support-related question, please try the Sirocco Support FAQ.
Q: What is Sirocco?
Q: OK, so Sirocco lets me play my music over a wireless network. How does this work?
Q: What are Sirocco's major selling points over the competition?
Q: What is Dolby® Digital, and what value does it add to Sirocco?
Q: Can I play protected music files that I purchased from the iTunes ® music store on Sirocco?
Q: Why is there an ethernet jack on the Sirocco? I thought this was supposed to be a wireless device?
Q: I don't use WEP on my Wireless Network - I use WPA. Will Sirocco still work with my network?
Q: What is "Dynamic Audio Switching"?
Q: Can I stream audio to multiple Siroccos simultaneously? Can I send audio to Sirocco and my PC simultaneously?
- Streams your audio anywhere in the house, wirelessly
- Plays any audio from your PC, including copy-protected and "DRMed" content. 100% compatible with all audio formats and players.
- The only wireless audio player with real-time encoding of 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio
- 5.1 channel analog outputs for direct connection to multichannel stereo systems
- No additional hardware required on your PC or laptop- uses your existing 802.11b/g wireless card
However, if your home is already wired with Ethernet cable, Sirocco will also work great on your wired network. Just install the Sirocco software as instructed in the Quick Start Guide, and when the "Sirocco Setup Wizard" appears to set up your wireless connection, click "Cancel". The Sirocco Control Panel will then automatically detect your Sirocco if it's connected to your wired network.
With Dynamic Audio Switching OFF: After disconnecting your Sirocco, your active audio programs will need to be restarted for audio to play to your local speakers. This is Windows' default behaviour for switching between audio devices.
With Dynamic Audio Switching ON: If you disconnect your Sirocco while playing music, your music will seamlessly switch to your selected device, such as your local speakers, automatically. Likewise, if you connect your Sirocco while playing music, the music will seamlessly switch to playing through your Sirocco.
*Note that enabling Dynamic Audio Switching may cause a slight latency, or delay, between the time the sound is played by your program, and the time you actually hear it. This latency is why the feature is not turned on by default. It is not recommended for movie playback.
*Also, make sure that you disable Dynamic Audio Switching temporarily if you are going to install another audio device onto your computer.
You can not play the same audio to your local sound card while it is streaming to the Sirocco. This is because the Windows audio system will only allow you to use one default audio output device at a time.