Optimum Internet and Network Setup for Audio

ctydwn

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Hi Ctydwn,
thanks for the insight, I do have the option you mentioned because the modem supplied by my ISP is a modem/wifi/ethernet router (wifi currently disabled).

About the playback, are you using Roon or any other iPad/iPhone streaming apps? If so, do you have any problem with your iPad finding your Roon core on different network?
I have utilized Roon and now Taiko's TAS software to communicate from my iPad to the Extreme (to stream Qobuz and Tidal). When I switch over to my 'home' network, I only have a Sonos setup (no Roon core).
 
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Thanks for the explanation @audiobomber @austinpop @StreamFidelity, now I understand more about the reason daisy chaining multiple router/switches, I also spent some time reading through the pages of another thread discussing network improvement, I definitely learnt A LOT and I can see where the rabbit hole is…..


I think I will opt for adding Ubiquity Edge X switch/router (operating as router) with an addition of M12 switch gold and corresponding LPS and call it a day as I am actualy quite happy with my current simple and cheap setup (Modem—>ASUS WiFi Router-->Whole House Wifi—>MacBook Pro—>Streamer), it might be very noisy by audiophile standard but my Kuzma XL DC with HSE Phono is not setup yet so I am still happy for nothing to compare my digital with as I just upgraded my entire components and still enjoying the massive improvement….I will leave the addition of Etherregen and SOTM switch for another day/month/year when I have itch to scratch.

My system will be for Taiko Extreme with no NAS, just the Taiko Extreme and Pillium Elektra DAC, NOW the BIG question is;

There are two popular setup each with own followers… those two are:
1. Modem —> ASUS Wifi/Router —>Ubiquiti Edge Router—>M12 Switch—>Extreme ———————————————————> ASUS Wifi —>Whole House Wifi
2. Modem —> Ubiquiti Edge Router —>M12 Switch—>Extreme
—————————————————————>ASUS Wifi —> Whole House Wifi

Please kindly correct me if I am wrong but I favor option no.2 as it seems to provide complete isolation between quiet Audio internet/network and very busy Whole House internet/network, but I can foresee a major problem where Roon on my iPad on Wifi won’t be able to see where the Roon Core (Taiko Extreme) is because I think option no.2 treat the ASUS and M12 Switch as two completely different network?? Correction/suggestions please…

Thanks a lot!! It’s wonderful here…
If you are going to have a Taiko Extreme, I suggest that you consider Taiko Team advices on this subject. I did all this variants, and much more, ( a Pink Faun machine just to act as router, optical fiber converters, iPad wire connected, etc), and always concluded that the simpler the best. STF cards inside the Taiko Extreme produce noise, so they recommend to use the LAN 1 port with CAT 5 cable to router/switch. This subjects were already widely discussed in the Taiko thread. Just take a look. Please note that this my opinion is only valid using the Taiko Extreme. Also, IMHO, avoid Roon and stay with TAS.
 
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I have utilized Roon and now Taiko's TAS software to communicate from my iPad to the Extreme (to stream Qobuz and Tidal). When I switch over to my 'home' network, I only have a Sonos setup (no Roon core).
not totally understand but I guess it’s not a problem then. If it’s not too much of a problem, would you mind to elaborate further? I assume that way you have two networks in your home, one is the rest of the house where you only see Sonos (no Roon core) and one is for your Extreme (also acting as Roon Core) and your “audio use” iPad? So you have two different wifi too? Sorry not quite getting it.
 

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If you are going to have a Taiko Extreme, I suggest that you consider Taiko Team advices on this subject. I did all this variants, and much more, ( a Pink Faun machine just to act as router, optical fiber converters, iPad wire connected, etc), and always concluded that the simpler the best. STF cards inside the Taiko Extreme produce noise, so they recommend to use the LAN 1 port with CAT 5 cable to router/switch. This subjects were already widely discussed in the Taiko thread. Just take a look. Please note that this my opinion is only valid using the Taiko Extreme. Also, IMHO, avoid Roon and stay with TAS.
Thanks for the suggestions and that’s what I am aiming to do, I intend to set it up as simple as possible. I’ll try to read through the thread, it’s a long one.

I understand TAS software is much better than Roon for SQ but from my limited read from the Taiko thread it seems that TAS software doesn’t have ”Radio” logic on it. I am willing to sacrifice a bit of SQ for the very fantastic “Roon Radio” feature as it let me explore new album, song, artist, etc that were previously unknown to me. I guess I will just run both.
 
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Happily Trying

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also this thread is no too long and has some good tips
 
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its definitely a rabbit hole of reading but many many folks have done great experiments which allows us to make some shortcuts on choices. X router worked well for me, WiFi to that before the network switch provided some isolation LPS and cables make a good difference too.

a very visual thread is here:

https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/...cess-point-cables-and-tweaks/#comment-1142841
Hi HT,
Glad you’re having fun. I’ve heard the expression rabbit hole applied many times to network tuning but in fact it really isn’t, as it follows the exact same logic as the rest of your hi-fi system. Let me explain

Lets say your Network is like mine and comprises a modem, a router, a wi-fi to ethernet bridge, a switch or two and a server, all to deliver remote files to a DAC.

I have found that, like other hi-fi components the following improvements to the network will increase sound quality, sometimes by jaw-dropping increments:
* Quality of power supply….specifically supply impedance, noise and ripple
* DC cable quality
* Resonance control
* Ethernet cable quality
* Cable screening

As far as my experience goes, there’s a logic to how the above network elements and their improvements are arranged.
First, imagine I upgrade the power supply to the modem. What I hear is a fairly major step up in sound quality. This has 2 major implications. An improvement right at the start of the chain has the ability to ripple right through the entire string of network components to be heard as a sound quality improvement at the other end of the chain. What that means is that the improved output of the modem improves the input to the router, which improves its output, which improves the input to the bridge and so on…..so what we can say from this is; “the better the input, the better the output”…..so every time we improve any input of a module we improve both the inputs and outputs of all downstream modules. This has a second implication….Your network not only provides the means to move music files from one place to another….it also provides a mechanism for cleaning up and improving the data stream…..to the point that your network may be the most important, comprehensive and cost effective means to improve SQ in your entire system BUT there’s a major consideration
here. In the same way that a better input improves output, it works just the same way in reverse….the worse the input, the worse the output. Let’s say you have 3 oscillators in your network stream with accuracies of 10ppm, 1ppm and 10 ppb…….depending on the order in which they are arranged, your timing accuracy will depend on the last clock in line. If it happens to be 10ppb, great, but if it happens to be 1 or 10ppm, you’ve failed to gain the maximum improvement . Same applies for cables….same for anti resonance measures and all the other improvements. Ideally to get the most bang for your buck, your bit stream needs to constantly encounter increasingly better specifications, so your bit stream is constantly cleaned, refined and improved on its journey through your network. That way you don't send a 10ppb bit stream into a 1ppm device.
In my system I have standardised on single manufacturers for power supplies, cables, DC cables, resonance control devices etc. In that way I can be certain that the bitstream is improved at each successive module, in a similar way to compounding interest, so the improvements I make at the modem improve the input and therefore the output of the router and on through every downstream device. Every single improvement in the early stream is compounded by all the other components. The nice thing about this strategy is that it can be done gradually as budget allows….the important thing is that you have a plan and know what to add and where. In my system I know pretty much all the improvements I could make….
Upgrade LPSs with ARC6 capacitor boards, starting at the last PS and working back
Upgrade LPS fuses, again starting at the last LPS
Improve the last Ethernet and USB cable to Synergistic Research Galileo SXs
Add an active grounding device to the star earth of all system cable screens

The only one I’d need to trial would be the fuses because at the moment all the fuses are stock and Ive no idea what other fuses deliver. When you standardise on anything you have to be very sure that the devices are neutral, otherwise the addition of multiple units will start to add a distinct character to the sound. The characteristics you want are neutrality, purity and resolution….usually achieved by noise reduction in its various guises, resonance control and of course great product design.
 

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Hi Blackmore, 2 years ago I would not have thought LPS made so much difference in the digital path, I may have focused on cables but now after reading others experiments and taking the leap to improve the digital steam (that is my own experiment in the link to audiophile style) I think everything has its small part or larger part to play, some are very surprising in a positive way. I have greatly enjoyed the learning process but also managed to shortcut because others tried much more than I and more varied tests than I have.

Great advice to focus on the last connection and move backwards (or upstream), also quite an addictive the process when you start to hear the improvements :)
I shall be looking up what an AR6 board is, fuses I am totally on board with, just a price / performance balance. For an LPS Changing stock 240v mains cable along with the 12v dc cable and fuse all together at once has been a surprising change, some of those changes have been made with simple DIY using decent cable for me at least and the improvement is well worth the reading of pages and pages and pages to try find something you think will work for you
 
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Just bought ibiquiti Edge X and bunch of unshielded CAT 6 Belden, audiophile switch to follow soon.
Ubiquity X comes standard as switch setting right? I have to program it to function as router or?? My temp setup as follow, modem to wifi router to Ubiquiti X to LAN for streamer to LAN for Roon Core. Switch or router setting for the Ubiquiti?
 

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I’m not sure you can run 2 routers in the same chain. Ubiquiti is not a great sounding (audio) switch by itself but if you wanted to isolate the Wi-Fi even further you could turn it to switch only and keep it where it is but If ubiquiti is considered a better router than your Wi-Fi router you could try the following.

modem
To
Ubiquiti x (acting as router switch)
Connected to the following
Wi-Fi (turned to access point only - router turned off)
Room core
Streamer

then when you decide on audio switch:


modem
To
Ubiquiti x (acting as router switch)
to
Wi-Fi (turned to access point only - router turned off)
Audio network switch
To
Room core
Streamer

From memory when you go through auto setup with ubiquti you can adjust settings in the process to change router /switch settings after. but I think you may reduce possible set up issues by starting it up and run adjustments connected straight to the modem at the beginning rather than into another router
 

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