THE D-LINK DSB-R100 USB
Last updated: 12/20/99
about the time my wife's radio broke we received this novel device from D-Link... Physically,
it is an FM tuner with an antenna and a cable. The rest of the radio
is your computer and a Windows-based control panel (shown below). It
uses your sound card and speakers for audio and the USB interface for power
and for control by the panel.
I was somewhat skeptical about the practicality
of this "toy" for a few days. Finally, I couldn't stand the
store without it's normal ambiance of classical music any more and unboxed
it, attached the whip antenna to the translucent tuner base, spidered the
cable amongst the maize of stuff behind my computer, plugged the USB connector
into the back of my Epox
MVP3G2 motherboard, and the audio cable into my Creative Blaster
Live! sound card. After enabling USB in the motherboard CMOS and booting-up,
Windows detected and installed the USB drivers from the Windows 98 CD and
then detected the USB radio. What you want to do here is cancel the
USB radio installation, insert the CD which comes with the radio, and run
setup on the CD with the Windows run command, and reboot. Or, install
the software before plugging in the USB connector...
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The control panel provides a rich set of controls
to scan for and store FM stations, set sleep and wake-up times like an alarm
radio, and record and play-back FM audio. A utility to convert wave
to MP3 files is included in the WaveFile menu.
that'll teach me to be skeptical about a new product and to call it a toy. It
works great! The Boston Symphony Orchestra never sounded better in our store
as it does now being piped out of the Cambridge
SoundWorks PCWorks FourPointSurround FPS1000 Speaker System.
BOTTOM LINE. The suggested retail
price of the DS-R100 is $39.00. Add some quality speakers like the
FPS1000 Sound System or the PCWorks 3-speaker system and
you will have an FM radio which will sound as good, I'll bet, as some
of the FM radios I am seeing advertised for much much more. A
nice stocking stuffer, indeed!