The Rough Guide to the Hifidelio

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Access to the HF over the (W)LAN.

DHCP works fine, it does all the administrative task needed to integrated the HF in your LAN. Part of it task is to assign an unique IP-address to the HF.
If you want to access the HF over the LAN, you need to know this address.
So if http://hifidelio is not working its because this only works in Hifidelio network mode where the HF is by design

Hifidelio IP address

In Network


Go to configuration. Choose information


Choose Wlan or Ethernet depending on the way you connected your HF and you will find the IP-address.

Router: IP-adress of your Access Point
Wireless ID: the MAC address of your WLAN-hardware.

Fixed IP

DHCP assigns an unique IP-adress to any device in your local network. Next time you power up this device it in general gets the same address. This is because the AP memorize it. But is does so for a limited time. This period is called the lease. If this period is expired it simply generates a new IP address and this might differs from the previous one.

So it might happen that one day your HF has obtained another IP-address.

You can give the HF a fixed address to prevent this behaviour say
But what happens if you put your HF off and  power on another device.
This new device might get simple because it is free.
So if you do it is probably wise to opt for a relatively high number say


I prefer to assign a fixed IP on the AP. Mine AP has the option to couple a specific IP address to a MAC-address (Media Access Control address, an unique identifier of the network card).
As the AP is the one who hands out the addresses, this is a better solution.

Do observe that the wired and the wireless connection of the HF have different MAC-addresses. Your AP probably won't allow the same IP-adress to be assigned to 2 different MACs.

Now that you know how to find the HF in the network, you can access it but before you do check if the appropriate service is on.

Services (protocols)

Choose network


Choose Services




Web interface: must be on to use Leonore (accessing the HF using your browser)
UPnP/AV: Enables streaming audio from and to the HF.
Search for UPnP/AV: probably scans network for UPnP compatible devices
iTunes (DAAP): The Digital Audio Access Protocol is needed to communicate with  iTunes across a local network.
Telnet: to access the HF via a terminal session. Needed to do the Linux thing
VNC: to control the HF with Veronica or any other VNC client
UPnP/AV Remote Control: enables remote control by UPnP devices (control point)

Leonore (browser interface)

Assuming the HF IP-address is
Typing this in your browser gives you access via the Leonore interface (If you have Fidelio, you most have a Leonore to)
You can add it to your favourites.

14Veronica (VNC interface)

This is an emulation of the front of the HF. It is almost identical to control.
You need a VNC client first.
I’am using TightVNC
TightVNC is a free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

All pictures of the HF in this document are screen dumps of the Veronica interface.

  1. install TightVNC (or any other VNC client)
  2. Start TightVNC and type the address of the VNC-server=IP-adress of the HF



File protocol

This enables you to transfer files between the HF and the devices in the network

Windows Explorer

Type the address in Windows explorer. Don't forget the 2 back slashes (\\)
You can make a shortcut on the desktop if needed.



The file structure used by the HF is:
Each artist is represented by a directory
Each album of this artist is a sub directory
The songs (the files) on this album are in this sub directory



You might see exiting names like B4L90L~O in the directory structure or as a file name.
These names, in the example above, are derived from the name of the artist.
There are differences in filename conventions between Linux and Windows.
A name perfectly valid in the Linux file system might be invalid in Windows.
In these cases the name is translated to something Windows can understand and unfortunately we not.

If you want a one to one correspondence avoid using / \ ? % * : | " < > in the names of artist, albums and songs
If you change the name of an artist or an album, the names of the directories are changed to.
Likewise changing the name of a song results in a different file name.
Something to keep in mind when making a incremental backup.

Windows Media Player

The file protocol is a simple mechanism to play songs stored on the HF on your PC.
In Windows Media Player simple point to the music directory on the HF



This will cause all the songs (titles) to be loaded in the library.
The music files itself remain on the HF


Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap runs on most types of computers and both console and graphical versions are available. Nmap is free and open source.