It could be, but it’s certainly not a definite. I would have thought that a decent mesh network would be able to handle Tidal streaming. At worst, I’d expect some dropouts, but not a total failure to play anything.
The Core is a Macbook - which I’ve been using for six months with Roon without this issue - and it’s not going to be connected to ethernet very often. In fact, I don’t think it ever has been. So, to be clear, the “stopping playback” issue is happening with the Core itself.
The mesh network handles 4K video streaming without issue and, again, Tidal plays perfectly everywhere else on this computer, as do all other websites and videos.
I have AT&T Fiber and when I switched my DNS from AT&T to Google many of my home network problems stopped immediately, so I like that response as a first step.
Can you provide some additional information on your WiFi network? Roon requires a bit more demand on your home network due to its synchronization capabilities across endpoints (which performs very well). The behavior you are experiencing with Tidal seems to be related to your home network. Even if you can stream 4K TV, the manner in which TVs and TV apps, and even Tidal’s native app, stream is different compared to how Roon does this.
Does your FiOS router still have its WiFi active? Are your eero 6E devices using the same SSID as the FiOS if the FiOS router’s WiFi is active? Alternately, is your eero network a separate network from the FiOS router network?
One other potential issue. The 2.4 GHz WiFi network is very crowded and has less capacity than 5 GHz WiFi networks. It does not appear eero configurations allow you to separate these networks into different SSIDs, so it may make sense to try turning off 2.4 GHz WiFi if possible on your MBPro and other devices to force them to use the higher capacity 5 GHz WiFi network.
Of course, before I did any of this, my Roon started playing things correctly. No changes to the system, no changes to the location, and it just started working as expected. I guess I should mark this solved, but it’d be nice to be able to have an explanation as to what was going on.
I’ll post it as Solved so the Roon staff can focus on other customer issues, but they will probably look at this.
One area I have been involved with for many years is WiFi. As the eero devices do not allow you select which band to use, it may have sensed some interference resulting in your problems, changed to bands that may not have worked well in your home for Roon, and then sensed that the interference stopped and changed your network again to a more stable configuration.
Does your FiOS router still have its WiFi active? YES
Are your eero 6E devices using the same SSID as the FiOS if the FiOS router’s WiFi is active? NO
Alternately, is your eero network a separate network from the FiOS router network? The eero network is separate from Fios.
Could you help me understand why every other app would work perfectly well except for Roon - and how I can diagnose? I am not even using Roon endpoints at this point - literally trying to get the Core to play Tidal files on the MacBook speakers that the Tidal app itself has no problems playing on my phone, or on either the browser or desktop apps on the same laptop.
What is the benefit to using Roon if can’t stream files that Tidal can?
Diagnostics show me that Roon isn’t able to communicate with Tidal and can’t even get the time from our servers for authentication. In your current diagnostic log alone there are almost 2,000 instances of networking errors or timing out. Is your FIOS in bridge mode? If not, we have our culprit.
Ideally, your core would not be wireless. In fact, Roon advises against this. Please see the article below:
If you have no choice other than to use Wifi, please try and connect the Mac directly to your router and see if the issue still occurs. If it does, let me know and we can dig deeper but I feel pretty confident that networking (one way or another) is our culprit.
As a side note, I want to address your comments regarding other apps and services. Roon requires a lot of your intranet and depending on the size of your library, your machine. Most users with decently large libraries have a dedicated Roon core for this reason. We have a proprietary technology we have built from the ground up called RAAT. The article explains a lot of things but at a glance, you should be able to see how Roon’s technology isn’t the same as opening up an Amazon Music and hitting play. In addition to the features of RAAT, you are also building a database with Roon that customizes your listening experience as you browse and play music.
Thanks for the links. Much appreciated. I will read up and see if a Nucleus ( instead of the Mac Mini I was planning to use eventually ) makes sense. Seems like a big ask considering I’m not having any streaming issues anywhere else, but I agree that a larger library might justify the expense.