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Controlling an amplifier power supply from Squeezebox/SqueezeCenter

Controlling an amplifier power supply from Squeezebox/SqueezeCenter

I have a Squeezebox that is connected to an amplifier. I'd like the amplifier to switch on/off whenever the Squeezebox is powered on/off. I don't mind writing some plugin code to SqueezeCenter to do this but in hardware terms I am looking for off-the-shelf components. I imagine that I need some kind of Ethernet controlled power outlet.

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Guest [Entry]

"Thanks for the answers. I recently found a couple of projects by Felix Mueller that interface with Squeezebox hardware. One in particular allows IR remote control of an amplifier's power switch from the Squeezebox - this looks pretty neat and avoids high voltage hacking but of course requires that your amp has an IR remote (mine doesn't).

In summary it seems as though the only route is to construct some additional power switching hardware and Felix describes an implementation of this too - as have others. Such solutions would of course lack the relevant electrical certifications.

Update: At work we now use an Ethernet power-switch manufactured by a German company called ANEL for indicator lamps for our continuous integration environment. This could also be controlled by SqueezeCenter (assuming a plug-in was written)."
Guest [Entry]

"Thanks for the answers. I recently found a couple of projects by Felix Mueller that interface with Squeezebox hardware. One in particular allows IR remote control of an amplifier's power switch from the Squeezebox - this looks pretty neat and avoids high voltage hacking but of course requires that your amp has an IR remote (mine doesn't).

In summary it seems as though the only route is to construct some additional power switching hardware and Felix describes an implementation of this too - as have others. Such solutions would of course lack the relevant electrical certifications.

Update: At work we now use an Ethernet power-switch manufactured by a German company called ANEL for indicator lamps for our continuous integration environment. This could also be controlled by SqueezeCenter (assuming a plug-in was written)."