That seems a good approach to me, fwiw. WiFi dongle support is the main reason I’m using Volumio rather than RoPieee so would be great to see that added (I use the Edimax EW-7811Un N150 to good effect - the on-board WiFi on the RPi 3 was hopeless for me).
For sure, a music reproduction system really isn’t performing very well if there are dropouts.
I also use a Netgear adapter (WNCE2001) with a streamer which doesn’t have its own wifi receiver using a 1ft ethernet cable from BJC. It works great and I like how it looks.
However with my RPi connected to the network with its built in wifi receiver I very rarely have any connection issues. This made me wonder if others were in the same boat but though that a usb dongle improved sound in a more nuanced way.
The Edimax EW-7811Un N150 is interesting to me because it is affordable and available on Amazon. It would be great if this dongle and implementation of this feature fixes the occasional dropout issue I have with my RPi 3B.
I take it now so that RoPieee supports 802.11n. How about 802.11ac?
The reason for me asking is simple - I live in an old house with THICK concrete walls and really have some issues with my WiFi. Having now the latest mesh-structure from FritzBox! --> Roon & Ropieee works fine when connected on either ethernet (limited possibilities) or via external 802.11ac wifi unit & short ethernet cable. The moment I turn off the .ac-functionality from these external units and use only the 802.11n, the performance of the system goes south. Badly. Tried the dongles - useless.
Now, the use of Ropieee’s means I need to have an 802.11ac repeater next to them added with the Ropieee itself and the amplifier. Lots of cables, lots of wall warts, not good. I’m now planning instead to make a RoPieee “all inclusive” in one box (RoPieee, DAC, PSU, Amps (1 or 2 channels)) and therefore the use of 802.11ac dongles is somewhat critical…