I have a chromecast audio im not much of a fan of it. but it’s my fallback. The other suggestions are good but I need wifi options.
A USB Wifi dongle for the Pi wouldn’t be an extender - it’s just a wifi card that is not the one built into the Pi, and possibly that could be make it better.
There is a wired option for those, you know. https://store.google.com/us/product/ethernet_adapter_for_chromecast?pli=1&hl=en-US
thank you, I actually think I have one of these.
Sure, also from other manufacturers like UGREEN
There is a discussion of Wifi5 USB dongles that work with DietPi here. As the folks there surmise, it doesn’t matter what Pi it is, any of these dongles should work with it.
I always forget about that option as it’s never offered with one for sale at least that I have seen.
Seems the op needs/wants WiFi for this gig though.
As far as wifi endpoint on a budget there does not seem to be many more options than already mentioned.
As already stated, go wired if at all possible…it’s really the only way to go to try and ensure zero dropout.
Well, you can never ensure zero. Wi-fi works fine for some people while others have problems with wired. Wired is just the best bet.
I assume you read the word…"try"
Which is all we can do.
Personally my CCA work extremely well on my WiFi network but wired is my go-to where possible.
Most of these little fanless Windows boxes will work quite well as a streamer. Just add Roon Bridge. Here’s one for $200.
I’ve had flawless experience from the Asus USB-AC56 (using Ropieee), since swapping from a smaller dongle. Not cheap but I grabbed one on an open box deal. Do note, though, it is large and ugly, so depends on your priorities - I use the cable and hide it down the side of a cabinet.
Find a used Logitech Squeezebox Touch. They work great as Roon endpoints with wifi built in. The ability for Roon to stream to Squeezeboxes is the primary reason I jumped into Roon 6 years ago. My Touch still works great.
Do you have any pictures of it working? Does it show album art and all of that?
Yes, especially if you need to run Windows ASIO drivers for your DAC to do native DSD. While a lot have been patched, there are still older DACs which will not do native in Linux.
Album art yes (see @Saturn94 post above). But it’s not a replacement for a Roon remote although I think you can use it for minimal functionality as shown in the pic. I just use my iPhone as the remote and it works perfectly.
I use 4 pis on wifi and not one issue with any of them. I suspect the issue is your wifi setup and not the pis themselves perhaps focus on improving that, check your using the least congested channels, use 5GHz where you can, look to add more access points to spread the load as one can get bogged down very quickly if you have a lot of wifi devices in the home.
Agreed. USed squeezebox touch. £50 and a perfect roon endpoint
How about anything on this list:
I would probably use an old NUC, or Odroid.
Maybe a Pi Zero - with picoreplayer (Run the endpoint as a squeezelite endpoint. Pi Zero’s can still be purchased.
What about a Raspberry PI compute with mother board (Still available)