Roon Bridge on an Asus Tinkerboard

(William Saimond) #1

I currently am successfully running DietPi/Roon Bridge on a micro usb card plugged into my Rasberry Pi 3 Model B SBC. I am considering updating from a RPI to a Asus Tinkerboard to hopefully improve my audio quality ie; resolution, soundstage etc. Can I just plug my DietPi/Roon Bridge micro usb card into the Tinkerboard to hopefully get Roon up and running or is making this SBC change out more involved? Any help here would greatly be appreciated.

(Steven Edwards) #2

DietPi specifically for the Asus Tinker Board is on the DietPi download page. I would download it, flash the image to a USB stick and boot the Tinker Board to install DietPi.


(William Saimond) #3

Thanks Steve, been a while since I installed Roon Bridge for my RPI so My brain needs some refreshing. If it’s not too much of an inconvenience, would you explain the steps as to how get Roon Bridge up and running after I install DietPi on the Tinkerboard. Oh, and can’t I just burn the Dietpi image on a micro sd card, insert it into the micro sd slot on the Tinkerboard, and boot the Tinkerboard up?

(Steven Edwards) #4

Hi William:

You need to burn the image using a program like Etcher. This makes DietPi bootable on the Tinkerboard. I create it on my Mac, but there is also a Windows version of Etcher. Oh, hopefully you have a keyboard and monitor hooked up to the Tinkerboard to do the install. Once it boots DietPi will pretty much guide you thru the installation. You reach a point in the install where you get to install optional software. There is a long list, and Roon Bridge is on the list. You select it by hitting the space bar. You continue and you will get back to a screen where it says install software. This will initiate the install of the software you have selected. From there it will eventually reboot and Roon Bridge will be running. It gets installed so that anytime you reboot the Tinkerboard it will auto start. Hope this helps. Will gladly try to answer any other issues that may arise.


(Steven Edwards) #5

One question. You originally said you are trying to improve sound quality. How are hooked up to your DAC from the RP3?


Is this the Tinkerboard or Tinkerboard S? If it is the latter then it has onboard emmc. Burning the OS to that gives me better uptime and performance.

(William Saimond) #7

Thanks Steve. Your instructions jogged my memory as to how I installed Ron Bridge on my RPI. I already use Etcher and I remember connecting my laptop to the RPI so the installation should not be a problem. Thanks again. You’ve been a great help.

(William Saimond) #8

My RPI is connected to the Explorer 2 DAC via an IFI usb Silencer 3.0 and a high quality usb cable.

(William Saimond) #9

It will be the Tinkerboard S that I buy.