Unfortunately, I’m having a recurring problem that’s worsened. Haven’t been able to play music for several weeks now.
Back in October, Roon periodically was not identifying the Sotm network streamer I use in my listening room (SMS-200ultra), although it always identified the cheap Muzo I use to play background music. Eventually an alpha version software update from Sotm seemed to fix the problem. But it recurred periodically and unpredictably. Now, it’s become the rule rather than the exception. Even if I power everything up sequentially from a cold boot, most of the time, Roon does not list the Sotm as a playback device, though I know it is “online” because I can see it on my network and even access it (via web browser / ip address).
Control is running on an iPad, recent model.
Core running on NUC. OS Version 1.0 (build 174) stable, server Version 1.6 (build 401) stable, 64 bit. NUC connected to Netgear AC1750 router via ethernet. (Router firmware up to date.) Router connected to SMS-200ultra network player by a TP-link powerline network adapter (AV2000, model TL-PA9020P). The SMS-200ultra connects to a tx-usbultra, which connects to the Kii control of my Kii Three speakers.
If someone has some insightful explanation as to why this is happening, that would be great obviously. But assuming that’s not the case, one major reason I’m posting is to ask if people think it would be worth trying an alternative to the power line adapters. To reiterate, my powerlines are working, technically–I can access the Sotm device on my network. But when I last posted about this problem, in October, some replies mentioned that powerline adapters could cause problems. I don’t know an easy to way to just take them out of the system because my cable outlet (and therefore router) is downstairs, and my listening room is upstairs. (It’d be easy enough to carry the router / NUC upstairs, but it then wouldn’t be connected to the internet obviously.) I’m willing to try an alternative to power lines , if people think that’s likely to help. But if I do, can anyone recommend a product or products that have been used successfully with Roon? Might I expected better luck using a wifi extender like the TP Link AC2600? Netgear Orbi, or Eero? Something else?
I remember reading a Computer Audiophile article a year or two ago in which he reported great success extending his network using both powerline and wifi range extenders…so I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble. I’m stumped here and would appreciate any input.