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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 06:53 AM
Blue Jam Blue Jam is offline
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Hi, I'm new to forum and have searched but not been able to find an answer so sorry in advance if similar questions have already been asked

I already have a zoneplayer (connected to my hi-fi and router, streaming FLAC from a NAS) and, well, it's brilliant. I held off digital music for a long time but now that storage is cheap enough to house my entire collection in lossless it has transformed my listening habits. So much so I'm looking to expand my sonos to other rooms, which is why I'm here.

My understanding of the Sonos network is it's additional or separate to the existing wi-fi. If I use a bridge to extend the sonos wireless into a room where I currently don't get wi-fi from my router, will I be able to control it using the app on my phone as it won't be able to connect to my router in the second room.

The enthusiastically dopey sales person assured me it would. They also assured me the desktop controller has a coverflow feature (like iTunes) which i know it doesn't hence the question!

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 06:55 AM
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No, the only controllers you'd be able to use in that room would be a Sonos controller as they use the Sonosnet wireless. A phone controller must be able to access your own wireless network.
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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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Blue Jam,

If you have a decent Sonos signal into the room, but poor WiFi, just get an inexpensive Wireless Access Point and plug it into one of the Ethernet ports on the Sonos player. SonosNet will provide the connection back to the router and you'll have an extension to your WiFi coverage locally.

I do this using an Edimax EW-7416APN, which is currently only around £35.

A few tips for that Edimax if you go for it:

1/ It defaults to no WiFi security - set to the same SSID/security/key as your router

2/ It also defaults to 300MBps/40MHz channels in wireless N - change this to 20MHz and fix the channel on 1, 6 or 11 (I'd recommend one of these for Sonos, one for your main router, one for the Edimax)

3/ If you sit on top of it the wireless signal can be too strong (!), so scale the transmit power back
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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 08:37 AM
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You're not suggesting that a sales person lied to me? :roll eyes:

Thanks for the tip about wireless extenders, just need to work out a way to ensure the sonosnet extends into the room in question without spending potentially wasted money!
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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 12:26 PM
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You're not suggesting that a sales person lied to me?
A sales assistant who knows less than you about the product they're selling? Never heard of such a thing...

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Thanks for the tip about wireless extenders, just need to work out a way to ensure the sonosnet extends into the room in question without spending potentially wasted money!
Sonos Bridges are useful Swiss army knives. As well as providing a link between your router and the Sonos system, strategically placed they can also act as wireless relays (plugged into nothing but a power supply) to extend Sonos wireless coverage into 'dark' areas.

Put a Bridge about midway between the player in a 'dark' area and a device which is well connected to the rest of the system. Position the Bridge to help it 'see' the two units -- look for door/window openings which will assist signal transmission.
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