You’ve probably heard that the best way to actually stay awake and avoid snoozing in the morning is to actually require yourself to get out of bed to turn off the alarm, but putting an alarm far away can be less effective because it can be harder to hear. Setting up an alarm with remote speakers can solve both problems.
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First things first, you want to get your computer set up so you can wake up to music, and we walk you through that process here. Once you’ve got your computer set up to wake you up each morning, you need some way to transmit the signal to remote speakers.
My favourite wireless speaker adaptor is the AudioEngine W1. It’s incredibly clear and requires no set up. You just connect it and you’re good to go. Alternatively, if you need to cover more distance or just prefer it, Apple’s Airport Express is another good option. Each of these will cost you about $US100, so you’re looking at spending a little money if you want to do this. If you don’t want to spend money, there are a few DIY alternatives. We’ve previously mentioned a Wi-Fi radio that you can build yourself, or, if you’re using a Mac, you can use AirPlayer to use another computer as a wireless speaker destination. Rogue Amoeba also makes a free Windows and Mac app called Airfoil Speakers which will let you stream music from computer-to-computer.
Basically, there are a lot of different methods you can use to set a music alarm that streams wirelessly into another room so just pick the one that works best for you. While every option is going to cost some money, chances are you have some (if not all) of the stuff you need to get this going and can start waking up better.