Access points and static IP addresses

  • 10 August 2023
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Looking for some guidance on a non Sonos issue from gurus here: In a TP link access point that is ethernet wired back to a Apple Time Capsule base station, DHCP is disabled, and everything in the served space works fine, including Sonos/Firestick/Phones/Computer, with Sonos in WiFi mode. TP link model WA 850 RE. Now for another device being added in the space, a HomePod mini, I see some recommendations of giving it a static IP address for stability. Question therefore is how/where is this done? By making changes in the app that is used to set up the access point? Or, back in the apple base station?

Appreciate any guidance.

 

I now recall an earlier discussion here, but that was in the context of Sonos compatibilty which also brings me to a follow up question: My Sonos set up is all wired back to the same base station and is rock solid. What do I need to do to ensure that if any new access point device is added as a wired access point to the same base station to serve non Sonos devices in spaces where there is no Sonos, it does not mess up the Sonos wired kit?

 

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I’m always amazed at the tenacity of Apple users with respect to hanging on to their Apple networking.

I’m always amazed at the tenacity of Apple users with respect to hanging on to their Apple networking.

  1. Because Apple kit works with idiots at the wheel.
  2. Because Apple doesn’t make new networking kit any more.

PS: there is nothing Apple about the networking itself, it is just 2.4/5 as all others, hub and spoke style.

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I’m always amazed at the tenacity of Apple users with respect to hanging on to their Apple networking.

Could others be amazed at the tenacity of Sonos users with respect to hanging on to their Sonos devices?

 

Could others be amazed at the tenacity of Sonos users with respect to hanging on to their Sonos devices?

 

Good question! In my case, Sonos is now used as dumb kit, with all the smarts/album art displays drawn from wired to line in Echo devices, using Spotify. The Sonos controller/Sonos net are used only when I want to play purchased or CD ripped music on the local NAS, either in one or in more than one grouped zones, a feature that is still useful now that all CD players are long gone and more than a thousand CDs sitting in boxes out of sight for some years now. 

Like the Apple TC, Sonos hardware is built to very high standards, it is clear. And so are Echo devices - not one failure since 2017. Modern mass manufacturing of electronic kit can now deliver excellent reliability, even when located in China/other such. And for peanuts, compared to what we used to pay for such kit in the past.

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