help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

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help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

adamclayton
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hi All,

 

I wonder if you could help me with the follwoing issue: I have wireless speaker JBL Authentics L16. I can easly connect it using bluetooth, but wanted to use wifi. It was impossible for me to find a way to send the music from Spotify to the speker. I know that I set up wifi correctly as I can send the music using Media Player (siple option played to-->JBL).

 

I checked in the community and I was advice to contact spotify client support. I did so and in response I was told that Spotify does not support JBL.

 

So my question is, do you know if there is anyway to send music directly to the speaker, perhaps there is some app or program I could install. I am sure that I am not the only one who had such issue.

 

Additional info: I am using Acer Aspier P3, Widows 8.1.

 

Beer for the person who find the slution:D

 

thanks,

M.

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Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

subuk420
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Hi there,

 

I got the older firmware file from JBL UK.

US JBL support sucks c..ks, balls deep !

After the downgrade I tried a couple times upgrading it again after doing the factory reset, but without luck.

Recently I got Spotify upgrade file from another source and it works !

 

The procedure I used is:

1. Factory reset.
2. Older firmware installation
3. Check if it connects to Wi-Fi (now it should do)
4. Factory reset.
5. Spotify firmware installation (now everything works as expected)

 

PM me your e-mail so I can send you both the older and spotify firmwares.

 

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Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

nixus
Music Fan

Get  Airfoil for Windows and enjoy Spotify on Authentics L16

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

ELLIOTTCABLE
Newbie
You can, in fact, update the L8 and L16 speakers to *directly* support Spotify, via Spotify Connect, instead of using the AirPlay feature: Visit http://www.jbl.com/content?ContentID=authentics, and scroll down to the ‘Spotify’ or ‘Software Upgrade’ section. The process of firmware-updating the JBL speaker is a little involved, but I promise you, it's possible. Once done, the speaker will show up directly on any Spotify device!

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

subuk420
Regular

Warning.

 

If your JBL Authentics L8 / L16 is working very well on AirPlay / DLNA / Bluetooth and you want it to remain like this, DO NOT INSTALL the spotify update !

This update is corrupted and makes the device completely unable to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

The only way it can connect wirelessly after this update is Bluetooth.

Restoring the factory defaults also doesn't work !

JBL has already removed this file from the server.

Unfortunately I had this file and installed it yesterday - now my JBL L16 is handicapped.

Waiting for the JBL support to send me the proper files to get my speaker back to work :-(

 

You may also read about similiar problem in one of amazon's comments about this product.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R17EE60E2POHJ8/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00I5O2KV...

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

zhangwu
Newbie
Hi subuk420,

Have you heard anything back from JBL support? Have they sent you any firmware file? I have the same problem - installed the update and now only bluetooth is working.
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Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

subuk420
Regular

Hi there,

 

I got the older firmware file from JBL UK.

US JBL support sucks c..ks, balls deep !

After the downgrade I tried a couple times upgrading it again after doing the factory reset, but without luck.

Recently I got Spotify upgrade file from another source and it works !

 

The procedure I used is:

1. Factory reset.
2. Older firmware installation
3. Check if it connects to Wi-Fi (now it should do)
4. Factory reset.
5. Spotify firmware installation (now everything works as expected)

 

PM me your e-mail so I can send you both the older and spotify firmwares.

 

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

nixus
Music Fan

Thank You a lot Subuk!

Your advise is very helpful; following your instructions everything went smoothly and now i can switch directly to my Authentics 16 JBL speakers from any ios or android device!

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

schrein
Casual Listener

Hi Subuk,

 

I've got exactly the same issue as you, I do the firmware upgrade from the JBL US support web site, and wifi/airplay is not working anymore. Could you send me please both your older and spotify firmware please ?

 

Thanks!

Schrein

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

subuk420
Regular

Done :-)

Re: help needed; how to play music on JBL speaker (wifi)

schrein
Casual Listener

Hello,

 

here is my experience :

 

  1. Download firmware from JBL US support http://www.jbl.com/content?ContentID=authentics > Software Upgrade >
    JBL Authentic L16 Spotify software upgrade (Multilingual) 3.85 MB
  2. Unzip archive "JBL Authentic L16 Spotify software upgrade - Multilingual.zip »
  3. Copy JBL_L16.HUI at the root of a FAT32 USB key.
  4. Plug the key on the iPad USB connector of the JBL L16 .
  5. Hold both selector and on/off buttons during 10 seconds in order to start the upgrade process, after that, volume’s leds are blinking red and drawing a white circle. It's quite long, could be up the 30 minutes. 10 minutes in my case.
  6. The trickiest part, I needed to do a factory reset (hold on/off button for 10 seconds) because the L16 could not connect to my Wi-Fi anymore. After the first factory reset, I tried to use my iOS device in order to setup network (9.2.1) but Wi-Fi settings failed. I did a second factory reset, and use the manual setup with a PC (DNLA buttons, and connect to the SSID JBL_XXX), and now it works.

 

It was definitely not easy. It could be very interesting to have a firmware version number of the L16 speakers in order to be sure about the process to follow for a successful upgrade .

 

Now I can enjoy the Spotify Connect with my L16 :-)

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