I run my Roon core on a wifi MacBook Pro. My Mac overheats every day when the Roon CPU load abruptly surges to >90% sustained (open support request, separate thread). To avoid heat damage to my Mac, one solution is to buy a Nucleus and move my Roon core to that.
I can’t run an Ethernet cable from my router to my stereo. The 5GHz wifi signal at the stereo is strong (-40dBm), so I put a WAP next to the stereo to connect my Roon endpoint. This works great (except for the Mac overheating), no wifi dropouts or glitches. Here’s the setup diagram:
cable modem → router (wifi off) → wifi base station … Roon Core Mac … WAP → Roon endpoint.
Question - can I connect a Nucleus to my WAP and Nucleus USB out to my DAC? This seems like the simplest solution.
base station … WAP → Nucleus → DAC
The alternative would be more complicated (adds another device) and more expensive:
Nucleus → base station … WAP → network bridge → DAC