OK, I received my second player. But it’s not working as expected yet, and I would appreciate any help locating my bottleneck.
I have one Pi connected via Ethernet, the other via 5G Wifi. Volumio indicates that the Wifi network speed is about 200 MB/s.
I tried with the usb stick connected to the router or connecting it to the hardwired Pi. But in both cases there is constant dropout, worse if the usb stick is connected to the router.
Is the problem the wifi connection to the second Pi, or the lack of a NAS? The Wifi is very strong, and the Pi isn’t far from the router, with almost direct line of sight. With the PC, I get 5-600 MB/s in all the apartment.
If I need to get a NAS, what is the minimum that I need? Would a DS120j be sufficient?
With spotify, Multiroom works nicely, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the lossy codec and therefor smaller files, or because the source isn’t my local storage. I don’t have any suscription with lossless audio to test with, since I mostly listen to my local music.
If possible, I’d like not having to spend a couple hundreds on a full-featured NAS, since that would be more than what I spent on my Volumio players, being cost-effective was what attracted me to Volumio in the first place. I still have a 1TB SSD laying around, maybe that could be used in some way?
Thanks for your inputs.
Edit: Trying to play mp3 from my USB stick doesn’t work either, so it’s almost definitely the storage causing the problem. Therefor I would really appreciate recommendations on how cheap a NAS can be that’s still up to the job.