Roon and using VPN

Roon Core Machine

Mac mini M1

Networking Gear & Setup Details


Connected Audio Devices

NAD Receiver via LAN

Number of Tracks in Library


Description of Issue

It’s correct that Roon doesn’t work via VPN ?

When VPN is active I have problem to see all covers and pics in the overview

When it’s stopped no problems

This has been my experience.

I’ve had mixed results, but best by excluding Roon from VPN on both server and client machines. On my PC running Roon Core, I exclude both roon.exe and raatserver.exe. On the client Android device, I exclude the Roon app (as well as other audio apps). Except for a short delay recognizing the Core, this seems to work well.

I’m using ProtonVPN, which allows such split tunneling. I don’t know if all VPN providers allow excluding certain apps or IP addresses.

Using Roon through a VPN; this works but needs tinkering.

Using Roon while connected to a network with VPN:

  • some clients can ignore local traffic through settings
  • some clients tunnel everything
  • lots of other (network) rarities can be experianced

As always, YMMV

No problems with ExpressVPN so far (iMac). Lots of problems with other VPN-services.

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