Connect SONOS to WiFi

by Volker Weber

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This is a Sonos Bridge, an access point for SonosNet. If you were unable to plug a Sonos player into your router, you needed this. Today, Sonos is going to drop this requirement and let you connect Sonos players to your existing WiFi.

When Sonos was designed we had 802.11b WiFi with 11 Mbit. Then WiFi went up to 54, 150, 300 Mbit. Now we are getting to Gigabit WiFi. This technology has evolved to a point where a wire is no longer required.

For existing customers, there is no need to change your setup. But if you want to buy a new Sonos, you can now just get a single player and you are good to go.

My setup is way too elaborate to work in this WiFi setup. Therefore I did not participate in the beta. What I learned today from Sonos' blogpost is that you can run either in WiFi or in SonosNet mode. SonosNet is required for 3.1 or 5.1 setups. And since SonosNet is a mesh network where one speaker can connect to any other speaker, SonosNet spans wider areas.

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Comments

It's awesome how Sonos keeps on improving its components.

My Sonos environment started to grow recently: a Play 1 took residence in the bathroom, the Playbar in the living room felt too lonely after all. Surely it won't be my last Sonos purchase.

vowe is a good mother. ;)

Daniel Haferkorn, 2014-09-02 10:07

Thanks. I became a Sonos fan boy... now waiting for WP8.1 support ;).

Ingo Seifert, 2014-09-02 10:18

Thanks. I became a Sonos fan boy... now waiting for WP8.1 support to be the happiest guy on earth ;)...

Ingo Seifert, 2014-09-02 11:09

As a Beta tester, I was able to play with this new feature for some time now. I have to say that in my environment (house, 3 floors, two access points, partly powerlan) I would stick to the Bridge (or, as in my case, a LAN connection of any of your speakers). Simply more reliable.

Best,

Jonas

Jonas Rathert, 2014-09-02 12:01

Warum erscheint denn dieser Post nicht auf der Hauptseite? ich komme via die Kommentarlinks dazu...

Chris Frei, 2014-09-02 14:21

ok, jetzt gehts.

Chris Frei, 2014-09-02 15:10

Jonas, I agree. Ethernet is always better than WiFi. Especially if you don't have to move things around.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-02 15:33

Good News from Sonos, but I hope they improved or will improve the (iOS based) Controller, too. I working with Folders, the 5.0 Controller is crap and very hard to use.

Christian Henseler, 2014-09-02 16:21

Everybody is entitled to an opinion. I love the controller as it is.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-02 16:23

Does the iPhone App connect quicker To the Sonos system in the WiFi setup?

Ludwig Deruyck, 2014-09-02 17:45

Wenn das entweder WiFi oder SonosNet ist, was soll dann dieser Satz in der Ankündigung heißen?

"Sonos-Lautsprecher haben schon immer über ein eigenes Wireless-Netzwerk direkt miteinander kommuniziert. Dasselbe ermöglichen wir unseren Lautsprechern auch, wenn sie das Heim-WLAN nutzen, sodass sie im gesamten Zuhause perfekt synchron bleiben und dir kein Beat entgeht."

Doch ein paralleles Mesh? Eine Art Mesh innerhalb des vorhandenen WLANs? Oder Marketing-Blabla?

Oliver Regelmann, 2014-09-02 23:39

Das ist stille Post. Lies mal den Blogpost, den ich unter More verlinkt habe.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-03 00:08

OK, die Antwort ist in den Kommentaren dort. Danke.

Bin gespannt, ob sie sich mal um dieses 65.000 Track-Limit kümmern. Das scheint mit derzeit die "lauteste" Anforderung zu sein. Der Boost wäre ja die Gelegenheit dafür.

Nicht, dass ich persönlich davon betroffen wäre.

Oliver Regelmann, 2014-09-03 09:31

Ja, die Jäger und Sammler sind sehr laut. 65k Tracks sind im Zweifelsfall 65 k$. Dafür kann man lange Spotify bezahlen.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-03 09:34

was versteht Sonos eigentlich unter 5.1 Setup? Playbar, Sub und 2xPlay:1?

Michael Klüsener, 2014-09-03 13:29

Ja. PLAYBAR ist 3.0. PLAYBAR+SUB ist 3.1. Dazu zwei PLAY:3 oder zwei PLAY:1 und Du hast 5.1.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-03 13:30

Kann ich mich über einen Sonos Lautsprecher eigentlich auch Wecken lassen?

Johannes Koch, 2014-09-03 14:10

Ja, wecken und einschlafen. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2014-09-03 14:11

Cool. Das geht dann über die app einzustellen, welcher Lautsprecher wann klingeln soll?

Was empfiehlst du da (fürs Schlafzimmer, d.h. klein und unauffällig...)?

Johannes Koch, 2014-09-03 14:14

Ja, der Player kann klingeln, aber natürlich auch Radio oder sonstwas spielen. Er setzt ganz weich ein, bzw. fadet abends langsam weg. Du kannst um 7:00 im Schlafzimmer anfangen, um 7:05 im Bad weitermachen und um 7:15 dann in der Küche. So viele Alarme auf so viele Player wie Du magst.

PLAY:1 ist ein guter Anfang. Und hier rechts oben mal nach "Sonos kaufen" suchen.

Volker Weber, 2014-09-03 14:17

Super, Danke, das probiere ich mal aus!

Viele Grüße
Johannes

Johannes Koch, 2014-09-03 14:21

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