Affordable Roon Endpoint

marantzfan

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The Ethernet cable connects to your router, the router provisions the RPi with an IP address.

In one of your earlier posts you said you had Ethernet access for this unit in your office, while WiFi should also work, the RPi case you chose is not optimal for WiFi as it does not have a lot of openings for the radio signal to get inside where the WiFi antenna is located on the board.

WiFi might still work OK, but it will be a function of how far away you are from the router.

But first you need to get it setup using Ethernet, then you can switch it to WiFi if need be, for that you just need it to get an IP, then you can access it's local web page via a web browser, either by entering the IP itself, or the above mentioned .local address.

I don't think there is much of any setup that needs to occur using the unit's local web page (other than the WiFi config), the actual configuration as an endpoint occurs in your Roon interface itself. A DAC must be connected via USB for that.
Here you go @Olson_jr
 

Olson_jr

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While it was still connected via Ethernet, I went into the menu by typing in the ip address of the RPi into a browser on my computer. In the setup menus there is a section where you can activate WiFi and select a network. It saw my network instantly and I just had to type in the password.

I then unplugged it and put it in my system and it worked and was recognized by my Roon core immediately. Very painless.

I think @MikeyFresh described the process above in one of his posts in more detail.
Thanks, I will have a beer today in your honor.

I had been trying to do this and just discovered that one cannot access the RoPiee config page while connected to my USB DAC.
 

Olson_jr

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BTW, this little thing seems to really enjoy Streaming Roon in my garage. Sounds good, seems to stay latched to the feed quite well.

I am considering building another but with a Pi DAC HAT. Any suggestions for a DAC HAT?
 

MikeyFresh

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BTW, this little thing seems to really enjoy Streaming Roon in my garage. Sounds good, seems to stay latched to the feed quite well.

I am considering building another but with a Pi DAC HAT. Any suggestions for a DAC HAT?
I like the HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro for it's combination of master clocking arrangement, nice metal case option, price, and the sound too which is better than you'd expect at $40.

I'd pick one that's on the known supported by RoPieee list in order to avoid issues. Be aware that none of these HATs support DSD, with Moode and Volumio that automatically gets down-sampled to 24/176.4 kHz PCM, not sure how RoPieee handles that but it's likely the same.

Others have reported good results with both the Allo Boss, and Katana, and they do have a very cool aluminum case for the Boss but it's only for RPi3, they never updated that case for RPi4 like HiFiBerry did.
 

marantzfan

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So, I'm having an issue today all of a sudden.

Roon isn't seeing either Rpi and when I try to access them through the Web GUI I get the following.

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So, I'm having an issue today all of a sudden.

Roon isn't seeing either Rpi and when I try to access them through the Web GUI I get the following.

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It is responding, else that page would not be up.
Some thoughts, How long has it been there? - it may be updating the image - roon won't see it until its up.
Are you using the XL image or regular image? the xl image may take longer as it has more software to download.
And one more thought - are "they" existing or new pi's?
 

marantzfan

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It is responding, else that page would not be up.
Some thoughts, How long has it been there? - it may be updating a the image - roon won't see it until its up.
Are you using the XL image or regular image? the xl image may take longer as it has more software to download.
And one more thought - are "they" existing or new pi's?
Looks like you were right, must have been a big update as I couldn’t access either one for a long time. I just tried again and everything is ok.
 

MikeyFresh

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Looks like you were right, must have been a big update as I couldn’t access either one for a long time. I just tried again and everything is ok.
Me not being a Roon user means I've only ever installed RoPieee twice for a friend, then shipped off those units to California without having so much as tested them on my end, because I don't have a Roon Core Server with which to actually use RoPieee as an endpoint.

That said, my friend has had completely trouble free performance from both the RPi 3B+, and 4B units running RoPieee, and RopieeeXL respectively.

Is it safe to say these units will just software update of their own free will, and the end user can't actually pick the exact time that they want that to happen?
 

marantzfan

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That’s what it looks like. What threw me off was that one had been on for days and the other I just turned on to listen in the living room.

It was a heck of a coincidence it was that moment that they both decided to update. Roon server couldn’t see them and it the web GUI screens both said initializing for what must have been 30-40 minutes.
 
Me not being a Roon user means I've only ever installed RoPieee twice for a friend, then shipped off those units to California without having so much as tested them on my end, because I don't have a Roon Core Server with which to actually use RoPieee as an endpoint.

That said, my friend has had completely trouble free performance from both the RPi 3B+, and 4B units running RoPieee, and RopieeeXL respectively.

Is it safe to say these units will just software update of their own free will, and the end user can't actually pick the exact time that they want that to happen?
There may be an "emergency clause", where it does so - however I am not aware of one. Ropieee has the menus listed and pictured below on the Advanced tab, which provide pretty good flexibility about when it should update.

I would check and see if there was a power brown/black out or wireless event that may have caused the shocked them into a collective reboot. My 3 pi's have never done so unless provoked by me indirectly or directly and have run for over 6 mo. w/out any issue.

  1. Update Schedule Options: On Boot ( my choice)/Manually/Never.
  2. Reboot Schedule Options: Daily/Weekly/Never
  3. Reboot Time: time of day

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