That does not answer my question. I have no problems whatsoever with either configuration. I simply want to know whether, when the nuc is chained between the modem and speaker, the speaker is receiving the signal from the nuc through its ethernet connection, or from the modem via wifi.
I am surprised that Option 2 works as there typically is only one Ethernet port on a ROCK NUC. Are you connecting the LS50s with a USB/Ethernet cable? Even so, as @Jim_F notes, each device (ROCK and LS50) should be connected by its own individual Ethernet cable to the Ethernet ports on the modem or router.
I understand that is the conventional set-up. Nevertheless, 2 does indeed work, and the sq is superior than in 1. Hence, my question. And, yes, I am using a usb to ethernet adapter for the nuc out to speakers.
I guess the sq question between ethernet and wifi is subjective; because, to my ear, there is simply no comparison. Wifi cannot match the fidelity of ethernet. And, I imagine that is why Roon recommends the core be hard-wired to endpoints.
I don’t think that’s why they recommend it. The reason is that wi-fi is generally not as reliable as wired when it comes to streaming audio. If you do it right though, it works just as well. It works for me.
No. To my ear, there’s no comparison; a hard-wire is far superior to wifi in terms of sq. What I’m saying is that, In the daisy chain configuration, Wi-Fi was never turned on. So the signal definitively went from modem to nuc to speakers, Ethernet all the way through.
I can’t sorry. But I think it entailed setting the setting one to a fixed ip and it would not allow internet to the connected device but I am likely wrong I would be surprised it would work just plugging it in but perhaps it just passes through if it’s working for you. I wouldn’t question it just enjoy it.
Thank you. He expressed the set-up well: we are simply using the nuc itself as a switch. It is good to read that others find a sonic improvement by doing so, rather than letting the modem direct traffic. The sonic presentation is just smoother, sweeter and more coherent. I have no idea why.