Mac Mini, OS Monterey 12.4, M1 CPU, 16 GB RAM (Core Machine), 256 GB SSD, RoonServer 1.8 (build 970), Connected to ethernet hub.
Combined wifi and wired network, Linksys two-node Velop mesh network for wifi, Velop configured as router connected to cable modem and to an 8-port ethernet hub.
Mac Mini core connected to ethernet hub (no wifi used).
KEF LSX speakers, Yamaha receiver, ipods, iPhones and iPads.
I setup a new mac mini as a headless dedicated core by installing Roon Server, but when accessing it from a remote Mac running Roon the core was always in a state of initializing. To try something different, I installed Roon on the mac mini and then the remote Mac could access the mac mini core (as could Roon on the mac mini). If I stop running Roon on the mac mini, then the remote Mac sees the core initializing, which never stops. I’m confused as I thought only Roon Server was required on a standalone core.
Any explanation as to why Roon is necessary or suggestions to resolve how I can avoid running the full Roon software on the mac mini would be appreciated.