Just a warning: I’m about to demonstrate my fairly complete ignorance in networking matters. These will seem like very simple questions for most people here.
For years, my music server has been a headless Mac Mini. After initial setup with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, I put it on the rack, and now communicate with it over WiFi via Screen Sharing. But, I’ve heard that running WiFi on the Mini can generate a good bit of noise in the system.
I’m thinking of moving my modem and router over toward the stereo stack. My intent is to use the ethernet port on the router (Apple Time Capsule) to direct-connect to the Mac Mini, whereupon I should be able to turn off WiFi on the Mini. (Right?)
Before I attempt to do this, I need to make sure that I don’t lose the Mini when I turn off WiFi via Screen Sharing. Losing comms with the Mini would be problematic, as hooking it back up to screen, key, and mouse would be an absolute drag.
My questions are:
Would this move even be worth the effort in terms of sonic improvements, or is it just a little tweak that might not matter very much?
Since I’d have to move the router within very close range of the Mini, would the proximity of the WiFi router transmission “cancel out” any benefit? Similarly, since the modem and router would have to be plugged into the same mains circuit (actually, into the back of a Shunyata Hydra Triton), would doing so only introduce more noise into the stereo system?
If I go ahead, once I have a hard-wire ethernet connection to the Mini, am I safe to use Screen Sharing to turn off WiFi on the Mini, without losing connection? (I certainly would think so.)
My biggest concern, as mentioned, is losing comms with the Mini during this exercise.