Hello! I recently bought into the Sonos ecosystem, but I fear I may have misunderstood how the devices work.
My wireless situation is a bit sketchy. Bluetooth, ZigBee, and WiFi all don't work very well in my bedroom. The problem has only gotten worse over time, to the point where Bluetooth audio is unusable in that one room. Wireless performance is problematic everywhere else too.
Put simply; I want as little wireless anything as possible. There is a horrible amount of congestion where I live, and I barely get reliable performance out of the handful of ZigBee devices I own. I don't use any wireless protocols for anything, except my phone and the aforementioned IOT devices.
I was sold on the Sonos Fives when my understanding was that they supported ethernet, and that I could use my phone to select which media to play, but the devices (even as a stero pair) themselves would fetch it over the wired network.
I got two fives for the bedroom and was really happy with their performance, so yesterday I filled out my living room with a surround sound set (beam, sub, two one sl's), my office with a one, and then a roam for around the house.
So far everything has been great, so I really shouldn't be worried… But I am still very curious about how these devices are communicating.
I have a very robust local network throughout the house, set up with layer 2 switching in every room (so traffic should not have to travel all the way to the router for my paired devices). All of my Sonos devices (except roam) are plugged into Ethernet, and I made sure to select “disable wireless" on every device.
When I inspect the network matrix at http://x.x.x.x:1400/support/review (where x.x.x.x is any of my Sonos device IPs), it lists all of my Sonos devices, but all of the cells are white/blank.
In my “about" page on the app, all devices (except the roam) are listed as “wm: 0”.
Does this mean that all media traffic is being handled over ethernet? Or are the devices still allocating a “SonosNet” for communication between eachother?
Also, should I expect less latency with the configuration that I have? So far I haven't noticed any latency with my tv, but I've only had the living room setup for a day now.
I know I'm overthinking this, but it would be nice to know that I'm not contributing to my area's wireless congestion needlessly.
Best answer by rattyView original