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With help I received in this question, I set up all my Ubuntu computers so that they all access a central computer for sound output, using Pulse Audio Preferences.

I have some Windows computers as well. I was wondering if it is also possible to make them clients of the sound server computer, so that they will send their sound output over the network to be played by the Ubuntu computer running the Pulse audio sound server.

And if so, how?


I came across this promising web page with instructions for getting a Windows computer to send audio to an Ubuntu Pulseaudio server, but it's too deep in technobabble for me to parse it into instructions to follow.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Please take a look at this section of PulseAudio FAQ.


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An answer should contain more than just a link. See – Matt Brennan Mar 13 '14 at 12:56
This is not an answer anymore, as it's underlying linked webpage got removed altogether. – Mitja Oct 7 '15 at 15:27
I fixed the link (edit pending review). – Vladimir Panteleev Feb 19 at 18:27

I would use something else that's established for broadcast, like Icecast. Windows has plenty of clients that can pick up a Icecast stream.

Takkat has already written a fairly decent set of options for routing PulseAudio over Icecast. That should get you up and running.

Alternatively there are PulseAudio binaries for Windows. I've no idea how well they work, if at all, so your mileage may vary.

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There's a product called Airfoil the application needs to be installed on both machines. The Debs for linux are HERE it's a paid program but there is a free trial. or use Icecast

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use unzip, edit files as this says: then run bin\pulseaudio.exe ignore the arugments given in the webpage

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