Roon Bridge is a software package that extends Roon's audio playback capabilities to other devices or computers in your home. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, including inexpensive embedded platforms like the Raspberry Pi.
After installing Roon Bridge on a device, any audio hardware attached to that device is made available to your Roon install exactly as if Roon had direct access to the audio hardware.
This enables you to place audio outputs anywhere in your home where you can connect an Ethernet cable or muster a decent WiFi signal, and makes it that much easier to separate the media server from your listening environment.
Once Roon Bridge is set up, you can use Roon to pick music to play to your new zone. You can also link it with other Roon Audio zones around the house for simultaneous bit-perfect playback!
How do I set up Roon Bridge?
Roon Bridge on Windows and OS X
Roon Bridge installers can be found on our Downloads page. Roon Bridge can run on nearly any computer running:
Windows Server 2012 R2
OS X 10.8 or higher
Roon Bridge on Linux
Roon Bridge happily runs on many Linux platforms, from x64 NUCs all the way down to ARM-based devices like the Raspberry Pi, Cubox, Wandboard, and others.
While it is possible to run Roon Bridge in many Linux environments, it is designed and optimized for use in dedicated or semi-dedicated devices where it's possible to control the audio hardware exclusively.
You can find more information about setting up our Linux packages here.
Once you've installed Roon Bridge, you’ll need to configure your device’s audio outputs.
Start by opening Roon on your Windows or OS X computer, or Roon Remote on your iOS or Android device.
In Settings, click the Audio tab -- in the Networked section, you should be able to see the list of audio devices discovered by Roon Bridge.
Enable the device (or devices) you want to use. More detailed instructions about setting up your DAC can be found here.
Finally, you can check on the version# of your Roon Bridge installation and manage software updates from the "About" page in Roon.
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