Introduction: WiFi PiFi: an Airplay Speaker
WiFi PiFi is an airplay speaker that uses a Raspberry pi at the heart of it. I have always wanted an airplay speaker, and here is an opportunity to have one. You can find a list of parts in step 1. The overall cost of this project probably comes to somewhere under £50, including the Pi. The No extra software is required to run this project, but we will be using the OSMC operating system, which is free, and available from NOOBS.
Step 1: Parts
For this project, the parts list is not very large due to the fact that everything has to fit inside the speaker.
YOU WILL NEED:
-A PASSIVE, SELF POWERING SPEAKER
-A MicroUSB - USB LEAD / A MicroUSB PHONE CHARGER
-A WIFI DONGLE
- A RASPBERRY PI 2 OR A RASPBERRY PI 3
-A STICKY PAD
Step 2: Software
You will need to boot up a Pi to OSMC, which may request to do updates on startup. Then, you need to connect to the internet using WiFi. Once you have done this, you should grab an Apple device and check wether AirPlay has shown up. If it has, continue, if it hasn't, try looking around on the net ( It has always worked for me, so I don't know what problem this may have been caused by). You then need to go into OSMC Home Screen->settings->system ->Audio Output-> Pi:Analouge
Step 3: Assembly
You need to unscrew the front off of the speaker, so that the cavity is visible. Mount the pi on the wall of the cavity using sticky pads. Feed the jack plug back into the speaker through a hole in the casing. Through the same hole, push through the USB cable. Plug the Jack into the Pi's socket and the power into the power in. Put the front of the speaker back on.
Step 4: Connect and Enjoy
To use the speaker, plug the USB in and connect via Airplay. Press play and enjoy your music!