Roon randomly drops when Roon server arrived

Roon Core Machine

Mac M1 Mini, 16GB Ram
macOS: Sonoma 14.2.1

Networking Gear & Setup Details

Deco mesh network

Connected Audio Devices

Auralic Altair G1, wireless
Sonos One

Number of Tracks in Library

20K tracks

Description of Issue

Have been running Roon since 2020 on the Mac and it’s been very stable. Now with the Roon Server it seems less stable and experience drop outs when playing music. A song will just stop playing and have to wait ~ 30 seconds before I can play a song again. I have to press play again myself, as it will not restart automatically. This happens both on Auralic and Sonos devices. It happens randomly so it’s hard to reproduce but it happens often. Wifi/Internet is stable and has been stable for years as I don’t have drop outs on Netflix, Spotify or other content services, it only happens with Roon Server. Please look into the issue.


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@Aarnt_Mensonides, how is the M1 mini connected to your network? WiFi, Ethernet cable to your primary Deco router, or via an Ethernet cable to one of the Deco mesh units? Roon does not work in the same manner as other streaming services, and requires more demands on your home network than Spotify or Netflix. Also, is your mini set to sleep or does it stay active at all times?

Hi - thanks for reply

I have been using Roon since 2020 wirelessly - the whole system. As said the connection drops only started with the Roon server change/update and reading on the forum I see that others have similar issues.

The reason I mention wireless video streaming is that am streaming 4K video services like Netflix with no problem - I find it unlikely that Roon requires more bandwidth than that.

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Bandwidth is not the only parameter that affects network performance. Latency is equally as important. With WiFi networks this is often higher than with wired networks.

Although I don’t know the specifics of RAAT, I suspect that it is very much affected by latency. This is likely due to capabilities such as synchronous playback to multiple zones.

Netflix will rely more on caching to overcome high latency.


Thanks for the info. But again, it was working fine before Roon launched Roon server, and judging from the comments in the forum, I am not the only one with this problem.

I did some more research what is happening, attached is a screenshot of Roon on the Mac mini that has Roon Server installed. It says waiting for Roon Server… when there is a Roon drop on my Auralic or Sonos devices.

Can the Roon team please recommend how to solve these random appearances of ‘Waiting for Roon `Server…’ while it is on MacMini that is running Roon Server. Thanks

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It’s Christmas, so they won’t answer now. Note at the top of every page:


Hello @Aarnt_Mensonides ,

Thanks for reaching out with your report here.

How is the Mac Mini connected to the network, is it on WiFi or on Ethernet? If on WiFi, can you confirm if there is any change in behavior if you try to temporarily plug in the Mac via Ethernet instead?

Can you let us know the exact local time + date + track when you notice an issue next? We’ll then enable diagnostics mode for your account to see if logs contain any further clues.

Hi @noris

Thanks for coming back to me and apologies for late reply as I was on holiday.

The Mac mini is connected to Wi-Fi - I wil connect it also with Ethernet (but I have to run some cables) and will report back on that.

Hi @Aarnt_Mensonides,

The team has put in work to stabilize performance across operating systems. We wanted to circle back to ask how things were performing on more recent Roon builds for you. Thanks!