"ChIMP" actually stands for "Cheezy Internet Media Player"
The stream from the NION travels back to the computer requesting it via NWare. Then it is played on that computer's default audio output device.
There isn't much more to it than that. It is not intended to be real time, as there is significant latency. It is only as high quality as your computer's output device. In the case of a laptop with speakers, this is pretty low-fi. However, it is a very handy way to verify that a signal is present and roughly what that signal is by listening to it.
It does not use another playback device like Winamp or Windows Media Player.
I've never tried to give it an IP address of something other than the computer I am using... in other words, I just let the ChIMP fill in the IP address and port number that it is going to use. I would expect that it would not work to try to send the audio to a different device for playback, but I don't know the underpinning details so there could be a way to get it to happen.
However, if this is something that you really want to do... (sending audio across the network to another device for playback) a more conventionally supported method would be to either use a CobraNet device (computer with a CobraNet card, an output CAB, CobraNet enabled amplifier, etc...) and just ship your audio out on the CobraNet. This would give you very high quality audio with no issues. Likewise, you could do the same thing with Dante if you didn't want to use CobraNet. You can get the Dante Virtual Soundcard software for your PC, or any number of other Dante devices (like our CAB 4n Dante)... just like with CobraNet, you would have no issues and things would sound great.
ChIMP is NOT INTENDED to be a way to ship audio around the network... it is a troubleshooting tool. The Network Audio Port on the NION is intended for that, and it supports either CobraNet or Dante, your choice.
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