Question: use iTunes as wireless remote for 6 zones
I want to use iTunes as a wireless remote control for 6 zones in my house.
Network Functions I’d Like to Have
- 1) 6 zones, one zone for each room area. Bedroom, Family, Living Room, Porch, Pool, Studio
- 2) Be able to combine zones into Groups that play the same song in sync. For example, the Pool Group would really be the pool deck and porch combined.
- 3) I think I’d really probably have 4 Groups and would like each to play a different song. Example: Pool & porch zones grouped “Pool” playing one song, while the living room & family zones grouped as the “Family Room Group” zone are playing a different song.
- 4) Would like to be able to control volume of a song independently for each zone.
The hardware and network (speakers already wired back to a closet):
- Network Music Server: Apple mini with attached 4 TB RAID external hard drive and Apple Airport Extreme Router
- Each zone (room) will have wired speakers, Apple Airport Express Router and a small dedicated amplifier. The Express Router headphone output will be plugged into the dedicated amp for that zone.
- Control will be from Iphones, Laptops or Ipads.
- How do I configure ITunes?
- What app(s) would you recommend?
- Would the only ITunes library exist on the Mini’s RAID? Can we keep some on laptops for using remote?
- How does the ITunes library work in this type of network?
- How would I incorporate Streaming services?
- It would be great to retain ITunes preferences, rate songs, count number of plays, etc. across the network.
- Could the Mini/Extreme/RAID also give us remote access to files/music outside of our home?
- SPECIAL NOTE: After seeing what Onkyo and Yamaha want for wifi controlled amplifiers, I’ve decided to buy Audiosource 100 watt amps that turn on and off once they see a signal at their input (I hope). At $100 per amplifier I’m just planning to dedicate one amp to each set of speakers (one amp per zone)
- We have a cable modem connected to a LINKSYS Fifi Router, that currently serves internet to devices in our home and controls our network printer. Do we still need the LYNKSYS router?