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How is Sonos on WiFi different?
WE DO WIFI DIFFERENTLY
Enabling Sonos on WiFi doesn’t mean that we do it the same as everyone else. We’ve taken our years of experience in wireless networking technology and applied it to our enhanced Sonos implementation on WiFi to improve performance and reliability.
An example? Sonos speakers have always communicated directly with each other using a dedicated wireless network. Now we’re bringing this same capability to our speakers when they’re using the home WiFi network, so they stay in perfect sync all over your home and you never miss a beat.×
Why create a dedicated Sonos wireless network?
WHEN WiFi DOESN’T CUT IT
Sometimes WiFi just isn’t enough. Some people have problems streaming movies or surfing the web at home because their network is crowded with too many wireless devices, and others have rooms too far away from the router that don’t get a WiFi signal at all. If this sounds familiar - you can always plug any Sonos product into the router or buy a BRIDGE to create a dedicated wireless network just for your Sonos speakers.
DEDICATED SONOS NETWORK BENEFITS
Plugging in a product launches a reliable mesh network on a separate wireless channel, which means that your speakers don’t have to talk to the WiFi router directly, but rather can connect reliably through any nearby Sonos player. This increases the range of your Sonos system, and ensures that you’ve got great connectivity no matter how large your home or how many WiFi devices you use.×
Why is a dedicated Sonos wireless network required for expanding home theater?
The dedicated Sonos network is required because it ensures incredibly low latency between PLAYBAR and SUB or rear speakers, so you don’t experience any lip-sync delays when you’re watching your favorite TV shows or movies.×
Which setup is right for me?
If you’ve got great WiFi at home, simply buy any speaker and set it up on your home WiFi network using the free Sonos controller app. If your home WiFi network just isn’t reliable enough, Sonos offers options for you to make sure the music never stops.
Here’s a guide to help you understand which Sonos setup is right for you:
DEDICATED SONOS WIRELESS NETWORK
|# of players*||Up to 32||Up to 32||Up to 32||Up to 32|
|Ideal for||Any home with good WiFi coverage||Larger homes where WiFi doesn’t reach all rooms||Larger homes where WiFi doesn’t reach all rooms||Any home where wireless connectivity is a serious problem|
|Wireless range||Dependent on WiFi router broadcast power||Reliable mesh network; allows players to connect through any nearby player||Reliable mesh network; allows players to connect through any nearby player||Most reliable mesh network with 2x the range of BRIDGE|
|Dedicated wireless network||X||X||X|
|Enables 3.1 or 5.1 home theater||X||X||X|
|Extend the range of your existing Sonos network||X||X||X|
|Enterprise-grade wireless performance||X|
|3 wireless antennae for uniform 360° coverage||X|
|Advanced wireless interference rejection||X|
*Actual number of players may depend on network conditions×