Wireless Audio Adapter and Linux

The Plugable Wireless Audio Adapter is not recognized on ‘recent Linux kernels’, as stated on amazon.com under the manufacture product description (http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Wirele…). Is there something that I need to do to get my OS to find the device? I’m currently running Ubuntu 10.04.1 under kernel 2.6.32-27.

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for posting! This device is built on the USB audio class standard, so it can be “driverless” by matching with the class driver in the OS.

First step, let’s see if the kernel is matching a driver. I’m running with a slightly older kernel than you (2.6.28-18), but when you plug the USB adapter in and run the ‘dmesg’ command, so you see output like the following? (in my case, matching the snd-usb-audio driver to the device, along with HID for volume control)?

[88.256141] usb 2-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
[88.422214] usb 2-1: config 1 has an invalid interface number: 3 but max is 2
[88.422228] usb 2-1: config 1 has no interface number 2
[88.441451] usb 2-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[88.573953] usbcore: registered new interface driver hiddev
[88.580494] input: SYNIC SYNIC Wireless Audio as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1:1.3/input/input10
[88.638111] generic-usb 0003:1A1D:0002.0001: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.00 Device [SYNIC SYNIC Wireless Audio] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-1/input3
[88.638181] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
[88.638195] usbhid: v2.6:USB HID core driver
[88.660096] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio

And two other checks: when you run “aplay -l” does the SYNIC Wireless Audio device show up on the list?

And when you go to the “Sound” Preferences panel, is “SYNIC Wireless Audio USB Audio” among the choices?

I often also have trouble getting the jumble of Linux Audio interfaces above that configured (PulseAudio/ALSA/OSS), but if all’s well above, we’ll go through it step by step.


This is amazing! It works, and works well.

I decided to wipe my OS and reinstall since I realized that I was experiencing other problems in addition to being unable to recognize the device. Once finished, I ran dmesg and aplay -l and got the same results. Flipping the output in the sound preferences did the trick and I was set.

I can’t believe the range, too. I am able to receive a great signal throughout the entire house. Thanks for the help! It was quite difficult to find a product that would transmit wireless audio without an integrated speaker-receiver, and with Linux support!

Also, thanks for the quick response!

Hi Tyler,

Wonderful! Glad everything is up and running.

It would be very helpful to let others know about your experiences there on Linux and how it works. If you have time, you can create a review at http://www.amazon.com/review/create-r…

Thanks again for your purchase and sticking with it!

You wouldn’t happen to know how I might fix this same problem on Windows XP would you?
Any help appreciated!

Thanks for posting. The device mentioned earlier in this thread stopped selling in the USA more than a year ago, and never sold in the UK – so I suspect you have a different device. Can you say what make / model?