Best practices when installing your Sonos

by Volker Weber


Do not:

  1. Unpack Sonos players and install them at their final destination around the house
  2. Unpack Sonos controller and connect all players and controller
  3. Install Sonos Desktop Controller
  4. Try to set up your music library
  5. Try to update the software and firmware


  1. Download latest Desktop Controller from Sonos and install
  2. Unpack first player, connect to your internet router with ethernet wire, follow instructions on Desktop Controller to connect
  3. Update the player to latest firmware
  4. Set up your music library
  5. Unpack controller, connect to power and connect to your player
  6. Let the controller update itself
  7. Connect the other players and bridges to power and add them to your (wireless) Sonos network
  8. As they join the network, let them update their firmware
  9. Now distribute the players and bridges around your house

Been there, done that. If anything goes wrong, use ethernet patch cables to create a lab network of your players and bridges. Make sure you connect the network to your internet router.


Last open question: do I wait until Christmas or will I unpack the boxes tonight :-)

Stephan Bohr, 2007-12-20

Weihnachten macht der Doktor keine Hausbesuche. :-)

Volker Weber, 2007-12-20

One additional step...

6b) Move the controller to the location you intend to place your 2nd zone player, note the signal strength. Ideally you should have 2 bars of signal or relocate the player. Repeat after deployment of 2nd player etc.

Ben Rose, 2007-12-20

I also forgot another step:

0) Don't try this with Vista.

Volker Weber, 2007-12-20

Excellent. I knew most of that, but not all of it.

And I know what I'm doing tomorrow night (it would be tonight if it was up to me, but FedEx says tomorrow - *sigh*).

Rob McDonagh, 2007-12-20

Thanks. Just published at the right time! I think it will be usefull over the weekend.

Thomas Lang, 2007-12-20

The timing is very deliberate. :-)

Volker Weber, 2007-12-20

Really? ;-)

Thomas Lang, 2007-12-20

even if I do not get a Sonos yet, I have to say vowe is a good mother :-)

Armin Auth, 2007-12-20

Works just fine on Vista, support was added a LONG time ago...

Ben Rose, 2007-12-21

In theory, yes. In practice you get a completely new set of issues. Permissions, firewall, etc.

Volker Weber, 2007-12-21

so WHAT is the trick to setup the SONOS desktop controller on VISTA? It installs but never finds the zone players. (even with CAT5 connection to the zone player) the sonos app is allowed in the client firewall.

Peter Krschne, 2008-01-04

There is no trick.

Assuming you can access your players with a CR100 controller, go into Music Menu/System Settings/About Your Digital Music System and check out that the IP addresses are in your local network.

Example: your Vista has and the Sonos players have etc. If you find your Sonos players having addresses which start with 169 you will need to check your network setup. I have seen cases where DHCP was disabled on the router and the Sonos players would not have a proper address.

Volker Weber, 2008-01-04

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