Hmmm, I hadn’t seen that advice before. I cannot wire my MacBook directly to my router, so am stuck with (decent, fast) wifi. Currently it is working well and sounds better than Spotify. My NAS is wired directly to my router by the way.
Many users have been at it for years , I am approaching 6 years
My original comment was have a 2 week trial then try to stop.
The best advice is get an Ethernet supporting PC for a core and enjoy it
(Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast!)
While the advice over WiFi usage given could have been phrased a little less tersely, it is still sound advice I’m afraid.
Very few members successfully run Roon Core over WiFi without experiencing a less than satisfactory result.
And obviously we would prefer you to enjoy Roon to it’s fullest with all the features it has to offer.
Now that’s not saying that WiFi can’t work but it’s the exception rather than the normal and certainly usage of DSP and Upsampling would likely be very limited.
If there is any way to provide a wired Ethernet connection I feel your experience would be vastly more enjoyable.
I ran my Roon Core on a 2012 MacBook Pro for about three years, sometimes on ethernet, but often on wifi. It didn’t always work - the odd glitch here and there - but for the most part it was satisfactory. Bottom line, if you’re happy to accept that you may experience some problems, don’t worry about it.
You mentioned that you can’t connect your MacBook to your router. Is this because it’s inaccessible, or you don’t know how to do it?
At the risk of being flamed, I have to disagree with the recommendation to not use WiFi. What Roon recommends is to connect the core to your network using ethernet. Your end points can be wireless. In fact, some prefer wireless end points because it isolates the output device from potential electrical interference. Most of my end points are wireless and I have experienced zero problems with them in the five years or so I’ve been using Roon.
I’m sure I will be corrected if I’m overstating things here, but I think the consensus on the most reliable way to use Roon is to run a dedicated core using something like a NUC or a Nucleus or a MAC mini with attached storage. In most cases that can be a USB drive or an internal hard drive. With a dedicated core you can control Roon using your MacBook, an IPad, a phone or any other tablet that can run the Roon app. That way the core can be in the wine cellar right next to your router. Or you can put it anywhere on your network you find convenient with a switch. All of this additional hardware is relatively inexpensive and will definitely return your investment with convenience.
The NAS in your setup is only a storage device. It plays exactly the same role as if you had files stored locally on your core, or an external storage device plugged into it. Some NAS’s can serve as core (it’s what I’m doing) but not in your case.