I decided to give this “bridged” setup a try before selling my sMS-200. The last few days I’ve been testing NUC/ROCK connected direct to SOtM tx-USBultra (on loan) via USB. This combo, with tx-USBultra feeding my 2Qute using Curious USB short links has given me the most euphoric music delivery since I started my Home-Fi adventure. Before this I had the NUC/ROCK (Synology NAS before that) further upstream behind routers and switches, with sMS-200 feeding the 2Qute directly…and then for a short time with the tx-USBultra between the two. I want to try going back to the sMS-200 between the NUC/ROCK and tx-USBultra before making final decision. But, I suspect (based on what I’ve been hearing the last few days) that the sMS-200 will be going up for sale shortly and the tx-USBultra will find a permanent place between the NUC and 2Qute. The NUC/ROCK (soon powered by a sBooster LPS), tx-USBultra, 2Qute (both currently powered by W4S PS-1) separated by a few short inches of Curious cabling, sounds simply stunning. I did test for a few minutes connecting the NUC directly to the 2Qute, but it sounded so lifeless and dull after hearing the tx-USBultra. In
my opinion, the tx-USBultra is the difference maker.
This is no longer called a “bridged” setup. It’s more “subnet” setup…
So you will be using NUC as a Server and Bridge (music renderer) and getting rid of sMS-200? I went the other way around by replacing the sMS-200 with sMS-200Ultra plus a clock modded switch to avoid further load on the NUC. Interesting to see what the difference will be.
Yes, getting rid of the sMS-200 altogether is my current strategy. NUC direct to DAC via USB was blah. It sounded better with sMS-200 feeding tx-USBultra. But NUC to tx-USBultra to 2Qute is a revelation. My guess is that there will be nothing gained by having the sMS-200 in the mix. The added benefit of NUC to tx-USBultra is that I can feed 2Qute and Mojo using it’s two USB outputs and not have to deal with networking headaches associated with the “subnet” setup. I just select which DAC via Roon remote and play. The sMS-200 feeding the tx-USBultra would not allow me to select which DAC to drive. It always gave priority to the 2Qute in eunhasu web UI. The only thing I have to deal with now is the fan noise on the NUC
ROCK will provide the IP of your LAN network that was set in DHCP. For example: 192.168.0.x or 10.10.10.x. This is the IP you will access from your Roon remote (browser). IP’s 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 cannot be accessed from your browser because they are now in a different subnet.
What’s the ip of the computer you’re trying to connect from?
Theoretically you can just temporarily set it manually to the same subnet (i.e. Use 22.214.171.124 or something) so you can access the web gui to reconfigure?
(Also unplug the SMS from the network if it’s also set to use 126.96.36.199)
sMS-200 procedure shall be requested from SOtM. You will no longer be able to access http://eunhasu after that. To update the firmware in sMS-200, change the IP of your PC to the same subnet, e.g. 188.8.131.52 and connect the LAN cable of your PC directly to sMS-200.
I have a very similar setup as illustrated in the diagram using a laptop with a usb to ethernet adapter bridged and a SOTM sms-200 Ultra as the music server. My question is if I should be able to use the SOTM sms-200 ultra as a music server for a second stereo system that is connected to the network through the modem as depicted in the diagram.