To help illustrate the network design options, I have attached a series of drawings with the various connections (see above link to my DropBox folder).
I am in need of some specific advice on connecting SONOS AMPs and SONOS Soundbars to a TV? I need to better understand the connection interfaces between them, especially when the AMP is located in a different room in the house.
Almost all of the custom homes I service install 4K-TV's on a wall without an equipment cabinet beneath them. Most install SONOS ARC or Beam speaker bars. Some decide to have in-ceiling speakers set-up as surrounds behind the seating area. The In-Ceiling (IC) speaker wires run to an equipment cabinet in a different part of the house.
At one house there were four (4) in-ceiling speakers, two (2) front and two (2) rear, and I was instructed to place an HDMI 2.0 ARC Extender behind the TV to convert HDMI to Ethernet, and then Ethernet to HDMI, using a pair of ARC Extenders. This is working well.
If there is a Speaker Bar installed for the left/center/right (FRONT) channels, and then a pair of SONOS In-ceiling speakers installed for left/right (REAR) channels, and the AMP is located in a different room, what is the best cable connection set-up?
The major hang-up I am having is when the AMP and Soundbar are not nearby or close enough for a direct WiFi connection. From the SONOS forums it is stated there is an internal 5GHz WiFi link between the Soundbar and AMP.