Internet Radio


The B2 uses an online database of over 40,000 internet radio stations provided by www.vtuner.com

You access them by with the Web UI by tapping the vTuner tab



There are two ways to use vTuner


The upper geographical panel lets you drill down through countries, regions, cities and genres.

The search panel lets you search for a name. Note that vTuner doesn’t just search station names - but associated metadata about the stations - so you might see relevant stations that don’t appear to contain your search text.

Once you see a station you want to hear - just press the station name in the upper panel or press the play triangle next to search results.




Playing Presets


B2 has ten preset radio stations.

You can play a preset radio station in three ways

  1. Remote control - press radio, then a number button.
  2. Front panel - push and turn the knob to Internet Radio. Push to pick a preset station. Push to play
  3. Web UI click on the Presets Tab then the triangle next to the station.


Changing Presets


There are two ways to change the preset stations.

  1. Play the station you want then press and hold the number button on the remote.
  2. Web UI - drag a station from vTuner to the preset panel



UK stations - original system


When B2 was first launched in UK - there was a simpler system - supporting around 700 UK radio stations. This system is accessible from the front panel only. Here are the key functions available by pressing the main knob.

Internet Radio - select and play one of the ten preset stations.
Find Station - text based search of the 700 UK station names.
Settings -> Radio Update - updates the list of UK stations.

Our UK Radio Station are provided by www.radiofeeds.co.uk. 
Our international radio stations are provided by www.vTuner.com.
Let them know if you discover any out of date links.
Vinnie at Radiofeeds has written some tips here.
  

Troubleshooting

Turn off and on.

Remember some stations may not broadcast 24 hours and may be in different timezones

Some stations - like BBC - restrict which countries can receive for copyright reasons.

Dropouts are often caused by the router or wifi. I have two routers - Virgin mostly good but drops out on some stations at some times of day - BT always good even though it is lower bandwidth.

Some owners have switched from Wifi to Ethernet and fixed internet radio problems. It may depend on how close the B2 is to the router or how many neighbouring networks there are.

There is an experimental function Settings->Maintenance->Prefill that will increase buffering at the expense of startup time. If that helps you let us know and we’ll make it permanent (at the moment it's forgotten when you turn off).

 

Recording From Radio

Q: The b2 looks like a great product.
I currently have the jb7 and looking to upgrade to the b2 in the near future.
Can you advise if it's capable of recording directly from the internet radio, or if this could be possibly be implemented in a future upgrade?


Thats a good idea - B2 doesn't allow do it at the moment but I have added it to the wish list and I'm steadily adding all worthy requested features. Yes you will be able to upgrade when its done - takes a few seconds.
 

Presets

Q: I search on "find radio" and when I locate radio 4 I then press and hold 4 but later this does not get me radio 4. If I'm doing something wrong let me know, please?

You need to press play first. That will play the radio station you found. Holding the 4 button assigns whatever station is currently playing to the 4 key.

Dropouts

Q: While listening to internet radio (mainly classic fm) there are periods of complete silence lastind for a variable time, but sometimes around a minute it seems, before it comes back. Again I seek an explanation.

I have experienced what you describe and it seems to depends on the broadband provider, time of day and the particular radio station. I have multiple internet services for testing and I found that Virgin was OK for 24 hours then has trouble at "rush hour" but my BT internet was uninterrupted.