What is Sonos?
Sonos is the wireless Home Sound System that fills as many rooms as you want with great-sounding music, movies and TV. Stream via WiFi. Play whatever you’re craving. And amp up every moment with intense, pulse-pounding sound.
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If your Sonos system is working well you won’t notice a performance increase using BOOST. Get BOOST if –
- Your WiFi doesn’t cover all the areas where you want to use Sonos.
- You’re using wireless access points to expand the coverage of your WiFi router.
- Your WiFi network is generally unreliable.
The Ethernet ports let you connect Sonos directly to your Internet router. If your WiFi network isn’t reliable, or doesn’t reach all the areas where you want to use Sonos, connecting a Sonos product to your router with an Ethernet cable automatically creates a dedicated Sonos wireless network.
To extend the range of your Sonos system we recommend a couple of different options. You can use BOOST, or you can connect another Sonos product directly to your router. Either of these options will create a dedicated Sonos wireless network for your Sonos home sound system.
It depends on whether your system is using your WiFi network or a dedicated Sonos network. When Sonos is operating on WiFi, the range extends to the range of your WiFi network. As long as your WiFi reaches all the rooms where you want to put a Sonos product, you won’t have any issues with range. If your WiFi network isn’t reliable, or doesn’t reach all the areas where you want to use Sonos, connecting a Sonos product to your router with an Ethernet cable automatically creates a dedicated Sonos wireless network. Each Sonos product you use in your home serves as a wireless repeater to expand the range of our dedicated network.
No. Sonos is not designed to work without a broadband Internet connection and a router.
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless solution that works by pairing a Bluetooth speaker to a smart device to access music. Because your smart device and speaker need to be physically close to each other, the wireless range, expandability and control of a Bluetooth connection can be limited. Sonos speakers connect to one another using the WiFi network in your home. WiFi has greater range and works with multiple devices, which means you can use Sonos to send different music to different speakers at the same time, or the same song (in sync) to all your speakers at once. WiFi also allows you to control any Sonos speaker using the Sonos app on any computer, smartphone or tablet on your network. To compare Sonos and Bluetooth, visit Sonos vs. Bluetooth.
For an existing component stereo or home theater system:
Sonos CONNECT links to your system’s amplifier/receiver using standard RCA audio cables, allowing you to use the Sonos app to stream digital music, control volume and other settings, and send whatever’s playing on your existing gear to other Sonos speakers throughout your home.
For passive (wired) speakers without an amp or receiver:
Wire your speakers directly to Sonos CONNECT:AMP using high-quality speaker wire, then use the Sonos app to wirelessly stream digital music and control volume and other settings.
From your mobile device:
On the Sonos app you will see an option in the Main Menu for “This Device”. This is where you will find the music files and playlists stored on the mobile device.
From your desktop:
Use the Sonos app for laptop and desktop computers to locate the music files and playlists on your computer or external hard drive. These will then be added to your Music Library on the Sonos app. Learn more here.
Nope. Whatever albums, playlists, or radio stations you have playing will continue without the app needing to be open.
The speaker units that we sell, the PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, are not weather-rated, but they are durable. They can certainly be moved outside, but they’re not designed to live there long term. As long as you’ve got a power outlet and WiFi, you’ve got Sonos. If you’re looking for a permanent outdoor zone of music, you can use our CONNECT:AMP unit with traditional weather-rated speakers.