Dumb Question about wi fi

I'm thinking of geting a Squeezebox (or similar device) so I can listen to the hi rez files resident on my iMac through my stereo on another floor. Sounds simple, huh? The problem is the wi fi in our house is created by a router hooked to my wife's PC. The iMac can see the wireless and this is how I get internet on the iMac. But will I be able to connect the Squeezebox (or any other music streamer) to our PC-based wi fi and then access files on my iMac? Or will I need the iMac to generate a wi fi network of its own?
Thanks for any help!

Showing 2 responses by achilles

Yes, the wireless router is hooked into the DSL modem. The DSL modem is plugged into the telephone outlet and the router is plugged into her computer.
So the Touch could connect over wireless to the router. But could it command the iMac from there?
Thanks for all the details, Mlsstl.
Actually, I hadn't thought about the upper limit sample rate of the squeezebox until Sbank mentioned it. And I see you can get some files in 24/192 from hdtracks, so maybe I will consider another streamer.
When I first posted this, I was really only concerned about controlling the iMac over the PC-attached wi fi, and it sounds like I will be able to do that, regardless of the streaming device I wind up with. Not sure I'm too thrilled about leaving my iMac powered up all the time, but I guess that's a small price to pay. I can always walk upstairs to turn it on when I need it, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having hi fi available through wi fi. Might as well get a new universal player instead.

Thanks for all the comments so far. You've given me a lot to consider. If anyone's still reading, do you know if there are streamers that can accommodate 24-bit/192kHz?