If you are a big fan of Internet radio you have probably considered a desktop WiFi radio. These standalone units are a great way to bring your favorite streaming stations into rooms that do not contain a computer. If you like the idea of a WiFi radio, but not the price and happen to have a certain WiFi router around, take a look at this DIY project which takes a WiFi router and turns it into a WiFi radio.
After seeing the tutorial on turning a WiFi router and into a WiFi radio by Jeff Keyzer, Instructables user Janw decided to expand on the design by creating his own graphical interface and radio case.
This project is not for the faint of heart, as Janw puts it, you'll "need a lot for this project." Chiefly among the components needed to complete this project are an ASUS WL-520gu wireless router, RS232 to USB converter, and a USB sound device. These are just a few of the parts needed to complete the transformation from WiFi router to radio and there are several more that are required.
We think this is an interesting way to upcycle a router and appreciate that the maker thought not only of the design of the internal components but also about aesthetics of the exterior case.
Check out the post on Instructables, for the complete instructions.
For some more WiFi radios, check out these posts:
- Livio & NPR Team Up on the Wi-Fi Radio Front
- Re(al)view: Acoutic Research ARIR200 Internet Radio
- Pure Sensia Radio Features WiFi and a Touchscreen