NTLK Re: MP3 decoding chip?

From: Stainless Steel Rat (ratinox@peorth.gweep.net)
Date: Tue Jul 18 2000 - 09:39:53 CDT

* <gopi@sloth.org> on Mon, 17 Jul 2000
| Huh? Why would you claim that? WaveLAN does signalling at 11Mbps. MP3s
| are around 128kbps usually. That's around a factor of 100x slower than
| you need. I know that there are inefficiences and overhead, but they
| aren't that huge.

You're not going to get 11Mbps out of your MP2x00. It just isn't fast
enough, and it will suck power like nobody's business (which defeats the
purpose). On top of that, when Ethernet traffic exceeds ~50% of maximum
bandwidth, things grind to a halt (there are ways of preventing this, but
802.11 isn't switched).

| I have personally spoken to people who have played MP3s over a large scale
| production WaveLAN system that only runs at 2Mbps.

Define "large scale", please. Large scale to me means switched Gigabit
fibre connecting HP N-class servers and 4000-class ALPHAservers and the

| I don't know why you believe it doesn't have the bandwidth, but I can
| assure you that it does...

If you're not doing anything else, sure.

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