Moving up from a Node 2i

I want to keep it between 1K and 1500.00, closer to a grand if at all possible. I don't care about onboard DACs, since I have a keen liking for mine. What is out there for a streamer, new or used, that will sound better than the Node when outputting to an external DAC? I like the functionality of the Node, don't want something with a sketchy user interface. But honestly, I think my old Allo Digione (Raspberry Pi) might have sounded a little more organic and fleshed out than the Node.

What say ye, Audiogon?


My TEAC streamer does not have a wifi option. I used one of these to create a wireless client which allows me to run Ethernet cable from the client to the streamer.  25 bucks from Newegg.
The Vault doesn't support wireless either. Initially I tried Ethernet over powerline but that was noisy. I then tried an inexpensive extender like big_greg and crn mentioned, but I experienced dropouts from time to  time. I finally installed Google mesh and that was the ticket for me. Very good performance throughout the house and it has a feature that allows you to prioritize your streamer if there is competing demand from others devices on the network.
Thanks for your input. Given the logistics, I need to rely on WiFi but it looks like there are solutions available to address this requirement.
Looking to move from squeezebox touch. Currently have the SBT connected to oppo 105(usb via EDO).analog into my Marantz 7005. Is the Node 2i a suitable replacement? BTW using Roon instead of LMS. TIA
I want to get a streaming system put together and was considering the Lumin U1 mini and connect it to a topping D70 DAC. But then I wondered if going from a $2K streamer into a $500 DAC was the right combo, and maybe not the reverse - a $500 streamer and $2K DAC. Not sure what combo would yield the best results while staying at or under $2500. Any combo suggestions? I don't need a CD ripper as I already have all my music ripped onto an SSD.