PulseAudio Sound Sink

Posted by: senex 3 years, 4 months ago

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Like me, you may have an extra headless linux computer laying around where you want to send sound to it over the network from another linux computer.  To do this you can use pulse audio and its networking capabilities.  There are dozens of articles covering this already, but none of them worked for me.

Headless Computer setup

  • First, be sure you have pulseaudio installed
  • edit /etc/default/pulseaudio and change PULSEAUDIO_SYSTEM_START to a 1
  • edit /etc/pulse/system.pa and append the following to the file
load-module module-native-protocol-tcp auth-ip-acl=127.0.0.1;192.168.0.0/16
load-module module-zeroconf-publish
  • restart your headless computer (Or you can (re)start pulseaudio

On your desktop computer, you need to enable some things to see other network cards

  • Makesure you have paprefs installed
  • run paprefs
  • Be sure to have the first tab called "Network Access" selected
  • Check "Make discoverable PulseAudio network sound devices available locally"
  • close
  • Under Ubuntu launch system settings
  • select sound
  • under Output, you can now select between your local soundcard and your headless computer

Much of this came from here and many other articles

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