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What is Spotify Connect, and why does it matter?

Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up.

Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify’s catalogue – but through Wi-Fi-connected speakers, TVs, laptops, and other devices. The Spotify app on your mobile device acts as a remote control as well.

You must have a Premium subscription to use Spotify Connect, but before you fork over a fee to Spotify for the ability to stream music to all your devices, make sure you know all about Spotify Connect, the Premium tier, and whether they are worth your time and money.

How much is a Premium subscription, and what does it include?

There have long been three tiers of Spotify listening: Free, Unlimited (£4.99 per month), and Premium (£9.99 per month). They each offer different capabilities and limits, depending upon which device you are using to access Spotify.

Although Unlimited is still available, Spotify is using a new setup. It includes the following plans: Mobile Free, Desktop Tablet Free, Premium (£9.99 per month), and Spotify Family (up to 50 per cent off Spotify Premium for four people).

Apart from access to Spotify Connect, Spotify’s Premium tier lets users play any song they want (on demand), find, play, create, edit, and share playlists, listen to tunes picked by Spotify’s Radio feature, skip tracks, listen offline, play HD music, and more.

Premium doesn’t include adverts (whether you’re listening on desktop, mobile, or tablet).

How does Spotify Connect work?

  • Connect all your devices (phone, speaker, TV, computer, etc) to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Sign into the latest version of the Spotify app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  • With the app open, play a song and tap the Now Playing bar at the bottom of your screen.
  • Tap the Connect icon and select the device ( speaker, PC, etc) you want to play music from.
  • The Connect icon will appear green in the Now Playing bar when sending music to a device.

Note: It’s not possible to control your connected devices from the desktop app for Mac and Windows, but that functionality is coming soon, according to Spotify. It’s also not possible for Connect to play local files on any device.

Which types of devices are compatible with Spotify Connect?

Your iPhone, iPad, or Android device will be able to use Connect to send music to any device connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The device can be a speaker, TV, computer, etc, but it must be compatible with Connect.

These manufacturers offer built-in support: Panasonic, Fon, Yamaha, Clint, Nocs, Pioneer, Philips, LG, Argon, Libratone, TP Vision, Sony, Ruark Audio, Bose, NAD, Naim, Amazon, Bluesound, B O Play, Onkyo, Samsung, Denon, Revo.

What are the advantages to Spotify Connect?

  • You can play music from Spotify’s catalogue, through your Wi-Fi connected devices.
  • You can use the Spotify app as a remote, letting you adjust volume, switch tunes, etc.
  • You can instantly switch from a speaker to a laptop, without having to restart a playing song.
  • Your tunes won’t stop playing, even if you make calls, watch videos, or go out of Wi-Fi range.
  • You’ll get access to “readymade playlists” by Spotify, located under the Browse tab.
  • Spotify said it offers “higher sample rates” to Connect users.

What are the disadvantages?

  • You must pay a $9.99-per-month Premium subscription fee for access to Connect.
  • You can only play music from Wi-Fi-connected devices that support Connect (roughly 23 manufacturers on board).
  • It’s not yet possible to control your connected devices from the desktop app.
  • You cannot use Connect to play local files on a device.
  • Spotify now won’t support similar features from rivals (such as Google Cast).

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Want to know more?

Check out Spotify’s webpage for Connect to learn more about the premium feature.





05/09/2017

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How to Hook Two Computers to One Printer – How To

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How to Hook Two Computers to One Printer

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Print sharing has become popular in many home networks primarily because it reduces the cost in implementing networking environments as well as maximizing the potential uses of network resources. The process of hooking two computers to a single printer is very much different from connecting two printers to a single computer because unlike computer systems, printing devices normally only have one communication port that can host a connection. To achieve the task of connecting two computers to a single printer, other devices would have to come into the picture to serve as the host for the printer and provide the underlying communication layer for all devices trying to make use of its printing functionality. The Operating System running on both machines that want to make use of the printing device must also support networking and printer sharing features in order to make this task feasible.

– Router
– Ethernet cable
– USB switch
– crossover cable
– network card
– print server
– Operating System that supports printer sharing

One of the easiest options to share a printer on networked machines is to connect and install it in one of the machines. Simply click on the ‘Start’ button and choose the ‘Control Panel’ category.

Select the ‘Printer and Faxes’ option and click on the ‘Add a Printer’ task. This will bring up the printer installation page. Make sure to install the printer hardware as a local printer. Follow the prompts to complete the installation process.

When completely installed, click on the ‘Start’ button and select the ‘Printer and Faxes’ category. The icon for the newly installed printer should be there already. Right click on the icon and select sharing.

Provide a shared name for the printing device and click on the ‘OK’ button.

On the other computer, repeat Step 1 to Step 2 but this time, choose the network printer option. Type in the name of the printer and follow the prompts. Install the device driver when prompted to do so.

A variation of this method which eliminates the use of a router device is to connect the two machines using a crossover cable. Simply insert one end into the NIC of the machine and repeat the process for the other computer.

Both machines must be running at least Microsoft Windows XP to allow for the automatic detection of the network connection. This procedure basically functions the same way as a network environment but is limited to two machines and does not require a router.

An alternative to this setup is to install a Print Server which will host the printer hardware and connect directly to the network router. In this method, simply connect the printer to the printer server.

Proceed by connecting the print server to the network router which will allow the printer hardware to be detected in the network environment as a standalone device. To print using this method, simply use the IP address assigned to the printing device.

Another possible solution is to use switching devices. These types of hardware became popular when printers were hosted using parallel and serial cable connections. For USB-based machines, a USB Switch box may be used. Connect the printer directly to the box using the USB cable.

Connect the USB cable from each computer to the respective USB ports on the switching device. To use the printer for computer A, simply set the switch to A and do the same for B. In this method, no additional installation is required. All data switching and handling activities are done by the hardware switch.

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04/08/2017

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Sagacious Consultants #epic #consulting, #ehr, #sagacious, #sagacious #consultants, #healthcare, #epic, #best

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Sagacious Consultants has worked with over 100 Epic healthcare organizations across the nation. These organizations range from the largest of hospital networks to smaller, physician practice only organizations. The projects range from full life-cycle implementations to upgrades and from big-bang installs to rollouts. We have provided clients with consultants in nearly every application. We are more than happy to provide referrals upon request.

• Majority former-Epic employees

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