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  1. Here is my opticalModule setup including no-name Chinese switch. Look Ma, no RJ-45 connections. The three fiber optic connections are: Google Wifi mesh point with a TP Link MC220L (not shown) converting copper to fiber optic - used to connect this part of network to router, NAS, Internet Music server with an Intel fiber optic NIC (box on lower shelf) opticalModule feeding my mRendu The opticalModule was a huge SQ boost over the TP Link MC220L that it replaced.
  2. I was a bit surprised when Superdad posted the information on this Cisco switch with the pending release of the etherREGEN. In any case, I bit and purchased one since is was cheap to do so. I got the switch working in my system but didn't like what I was hearing so I removed. The center vocals seemed to smeared instead of focused. I have been on the fiber optic bandwagon for several years now when this all was the rage here on the forum. Miska had come out with the HQP NAA setup which meant that you needed to include networking equipment to your music system so people started experimenting and fiber optics showed nice results. For me, fiber optics makes good sense because you can don't have to worry (as much) about transmitting unwanted noise and my system always sounded better. Currently, my music server has an Intel NIC with an SFP port so right off the bat, the signal coming out of my server is using fiber optics. It was very simple to install the NIC into my Linux server (built for me by Small Green Computer). If you have ever installed a card into a computer, that is all there is to it. Plus Ubuntu Studio (Linux) handles updates to the Intel card as part of routine system updates which is nice. From the music server, the signal goes into a no-name Chinese switch (bought from AliExpress ... Asia's Amazon) that cost about $100. The switch has 8 SFP ports and 2 RJ-45 ports. Besides the music server, the switch also connects to the opticalModule as well as to my Google Wifi meshpoint with a TP Link MC220L converting the signal to optical. So, the switch only has 3 fiber optic connections and no RJ-45 connections meaning it is fairly isolated. The switch is powered by a quality linear power supply. Yes, I understand the issue with cheap clocks but ... My advice is to go with fiber optics as much as possible. The cables for fiber optics are dirt cheap when compared to CAT 6, 6A, 7 cables plus they are much thinner and flexible so easier to route. There are a lot of used SFP modules available on ebay for cheap so just buy a batch of what works for you (I use Cisco modules). Install a fiber optic NIC in your server ... easy to do if you server allows cards to be added. Personally, I like Linux and not sure why more people don't. Heck of a lot cheaper (Linux is free) with as good as if not better sound that a Win or Apple computer. With Ubuntu Studio, the GUI (graphical user interface) is easy to use for basic functions, very similar to Windows or Apple OS. From my understanding all of the Sonore units are running some form of Linux.
  3. There are tons of decent Chinese made linear power supplies on ebay. I would think the shipping cost would be less than shipping from US. Just search ebay for "hifi linear power supply". Most do not have a 7V setting as standard but they do have 5V and 9V. You could possibly ask them to set it to 7V given you usually need to message them to specify the voltage. From my understanding, they are all the same units with an adjustment knob that they set before shipping.
  4. I have used Cisco 1000Base - SX, 30-1301-01 modules for several years with a variety of equipment - Intel NIC, TP Link FMC, DiabloCable switch, no name Chinese switch, Cisco switches. These are easily found on ebay for less than $10 each. As for the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-S switch, I reset the switch and got it working with one of the Cisco SFP modules feeding my opticalModule (with Ethernet out to my mRendu).
  5. I was able to successfully connect the SFP port on my Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-S to my opticalModule using Cisco 1000Base - SX, 30-1301-01 modules. Cabling was LC/LC Duplex Fiber Optic Patch cable,Multimode 10Gb OM3 from Fibertronics. Per the manual regarding Dual-Purpose Ports: "Only one port can be active at a time. If both ports are connected, the SFP module port has priority. The priority setting is not configurable."
  6. This type of network setup is what I have successfully used for years. Currently using Google Wifi units to wirelessly connect my music system on the first floor to my router on the second floor. Combining wireless bridges and switches as Miska suggests makes it really simple to do and works great.
  7. I have three (3) TP-Link MC220L gigbit media converters with Jameco Reliapro 9VDC linear power supplies (P/N 1953639) for sale. These units are a few years old but all in good working condition. SFP's are not included. Price: $15 each plus shipping cost (probably US Priority - around $8 for CONUS addresses). I will sell individual units or multiple units (with adjustments to shipping costs). PM me if interested.
  8. Received my opticalModule today and got it working. No issues at all. I replaced the SFP included from Sonore with a Cisco SFP (1000Base - SX, 30-1301-01). I use the SFP on the input side of the opticalModule with the signal coming from my switch (Diablo Cable) that has the same type of Cisco SFP. The RJ-45 connector is on the output side going to my microRendu. It is powered by a 5v linear power supply similar to what Small Green Computers is selling. If anyone needs an extra SFP to work with the one supplied by Sonore, I would gladly ship it to you for just the shipping cost.
  9. One of the big price drivers for the bundle are the two power supplies. You could just purchase two opticalModules for about $500 and purchase two Jameco LPS for about $11 each. Obviously lesser quality power supplies but still people have reported decent results. You can always upgrade the power supplies later if you want. You would also need a fiber optic cable which are cheap ($10).
  10. I have been using Google Wifi for over a year and very pleased with it. I have a three pack where one serves as the router and two as extenders. The router is on the second floor (2 story house, 2800 sq feet) and the two others are on the main level so get great wifi coverage throughout the house. I really like the Google Wifi app that allows you to easily check the system and how much data is flowing to each connected device. Each module has two Ethernet ports as well as you can hard wire devices if needed, which I do use in some cases.
  11. ericuco

    HQ Player

    With release 4.0.2, HQP is now showing up under the "Media Playback" menu on Ubuntu Studio.
  12. ericuco

    HQ Player

    I upgraded to 4.0 today after being a longtime HQP user. Been getting free updates for several years now, so no problem sending Jussi some $$ for the great work he has done over the years and continues to do. The one issue I had was locating 4.0 after installation on Ubuntu Studio 18.X. HQP 4.0 shows up under the "Audio Production" menu instead of the "Media Playback" menu like 3.25 did. (sorry if this was called out previously, I missed it if it was) In any case, Jussi got me squared away in short order. I use Roon (core on the same server) and everything works as always once 4.0 was up and running, no changes required with "localhost" set in Roon. Need to play with the settings now although most seem to have came across from 3.25.
  13. Probably a few months ago. With this difficulty of connecting to my DAC, I try not to disturb the system unless absolutely necessary. Is there a newer release of SonicOrbiter?
  14. For several years now I have been fighting a consistent issue of my mRendu not recognizing my DAC (TPA Buffalo IIIse w/ I2overUSB board). Once the connection is eventually made everything is good and works for months. However, if the connection is broken like yesterday when the power to house went out, trying to regain the connection can take hours. I usually try different combinations to resolve the issue - power cycle DAC, reboot mRendu, power cycle mRendu, unplug USB cable, etc. - but it is VERY frustrating. I can see that the mRendu is up & running using the browser interface but when I go the settings, my DAC does not show. When I start up HQP, I get the error that the mRendu is not found as expected. So there seems to be some issue between the mRendu and my DAC. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I have seriously considered getting one of the new opticalRendu but given it runs the same software, I can't see spend more $$ for the level of frustration.
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