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Building new home- wired vs. wireless Sonos?
1) I'm currently building a new house and play on having two TVs each with its own Playbar and two Play 1 or Play 3 speakers, then a Connect Amp wired to outdoor speakers. I have the ability (now) to wire any or all of these devices via Ethernet back to their own Ethernet switches and ultimately the router. Based on what I've read, the BOOST configuration is generally superior to regular WiFi, in which case I will plan on wiring at least one device via Ethernet to create a BOOST network. Is there a benefit in connecting more than one, or ALL of the Sonos devices via hard-wired Ethernet vs a single device?
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Data points everywhere, if you um or are about it stick some date there. Best place I put it was in the loft, have my HUE, VERA and AP's up there and CAT6 from all of the TVs running a micro pc running through a matrix to display our CCTV.
Should have put some data either side of our bed so I could have had a desk phone there.
Also worth using a POE switch, my HUE & VERA have one network connection that delivers the power and data with one neat solution.
I still have about four wireless only SONOS components but due to the wired backbone I am experiencing no major issues..
I would recommend that you install at least CAT5E or CAT6 cable at this time.
The sound of built in speakers can really vary so I'd insist on a listening test and compare that to the Sonos sound before deciding on which way to go. Also for built-in systems making sure they are not going to be hard to replace if the original becomes unavailable is important unless you like paying carpenters and painters.