Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)
2020 MacBook Pro (iOS Big Sur/Roon build number 1.7)
Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)
Arris BGW210-700 AT&T-provided Router (WiFi connection from MacBook Roon Core to Meridian 218)
Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)
Meridian 218 (connected via Ethernet cable to router, Software version: 1.0, build 185)
Description Of Issue
The Roon Core connects to Meridian 218 on start-up and appears as a zone. When I select a track, everything runs as expected at first. Selected track begins playing and I am able to control system volume through Roon app.
There are two types of errors that I frequently encounter, with the same outcome: First, sometimes when I start playing a track the sound cuts out after only a few seconds. Second, the sound cuts out when I change tracks.
When this occurs, I am presented with the “Select a Zone” button. When I click the button, the Meridian 218 no longer appears in my list of zones. I am disconnected from the 218 and no longer have control over it. Sometimes, but not always, the Roon Core will automatically reconnect to the 218 after a few seconds without any action on my part (however when this happens, the problem just repeats when I play the next track). Other times, I must restart the core in order for the devices to reconnect.
I have a gigabit home internet connection and my MacBook Roon Core is only 15 feet from the router, in the same room. I realize that the ISP-provided router is a piece of crap, but I have no issues with other devices or wirelessly streaming data-heavy 4k video. I should also add that I live alone and never have more than two devices on the network at one time. It’s not as though I have five kids that are all hogging bandwidth with various devices.
Unfortunately, I do not have the USB-C to Ethernet adaptor for my MacBook, so I cannot test a wired configuration. Although the whole allure of this setup was to be able to “cut cord” and control my music wirelessly from my desk or from my iPhone. The 218 performs flawlessly when connected to my TV or other devices. It seems that the issue lies somewhere in the WiFi connection between the MacBook Core and my router.
Thank you in advance for your input.