Easy Fix for Aluratek AIRMM01F Internet Radio
 DHCP and DNS Connection Problems


By Bret A.Bennett, 3/28/2015

 


 

 

Here's the easy fix . . . better late than never . . . 4 years later that is . . .

I purchased my Aluratek AIRMM01F Internet Radio all the way back in 2011. Since then, it’s been more of a novelty item, due to its inability to reliably connect to the internet. By now, we’ve all probably found that if you turn the Aluratek AIRMM01F off with the switch on the back,  wait about 10 seconds, and turn it back on, most of the time, but all of the time, it will connect either via wired or via Wi-Fi to your internet gateway device. This is surely irritating and a real PITA.

Alternately, and with regard to Wi-Fi operation, if you disable the security on your gateway (not recommended whatsoever), it will connect most of the time. Imho, it’s not worth ruining your wireless network’s security just to run the AIRMM01F.

Here’s the fix:

First of all, connect the AIRMM01F to your router/switch/gateway via a wired connection. Unfortunately, the wireless connection is not even close to 100% reliable. Next . . .

Use the switch on the back, and turn it off, wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on. Somehow manage to establish a connection to the internet via your gateway (you’ll have better luck with a wire). Allow the AIRMM01F to automatically acquire its IP address via your gateway’s DHCP server function. Unless your power goes out sometime later, you should only have to do that rear power switch off/on one time. Once you get connected, NEVER USE THE RED "POWER" BUTTON ON THE TOP OF THE REMOTE CONTROL AGAIN! (Unless you want to break IP address configuration and DNS resolution). Instead . . .

When you want to manually turn off (or turn on) the internet radio, use the red “Stop” button that’s just above the blue “Radio IP” button. If you’re turning off the radio with that button, don’t worry about the radio’s display light: it will go off automatically in a minute or two (or you can use the top left hand button that dims and turns off the light). That’s it. That’s the fix . . . D’oh!

The Aluratek AIRMM01F can now connect to the internet without any problems. When the alarm goes off in the morning, it connects every time to the IP radio station that I selected. Like I said above, if the power goes out, you may have to redo the procedure, so keep a cat5 cable handy.

With this fix, you don’t have to disable your wireless gateway’s SSID Broadcasts or Wi-Fi security. In fact, you don’t even have to settle for weak WEP or WAP Wi-Fi security. The AIRMM01F will connect via the wire and you’ll maintain your wireless gateway’s more secure WAP2 Wi-Fi security (recommended) for the other wireless devices that you own.

I hope this procedure helps you to finally be able to relax and enjoy your Aluratek AIRMM01F Internet Radio !

 


 

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