Settings: Automatic Updates, Volume Limits, Disable Wi-Fi, and more
With Sonos version 9.2, you can enable automatic updates for your Sonos system, so that during a timeframe when the system isn't in use, they'll download the latest updates for you. This will allow you to effortlessly keep your system on the latest software by setting your Sonos players to download and install new versions. Using a mobile controller, go to More > Settings > System Updates > Automatic Updates and slide it on.
Select a general time period that your system will check for updates, and as long as the players aren't in use at the time, they'll go ahead with the update when it's available. If your speakers are in use, they'll wait until they aren't anymore.
Ever have the neighbors complain that you're playing music too loud or have a room for the kids that you want to keep quieter? With Sonos version 9.2, you can set a maximum volume at a per room level. Within More > Settings > Room Settings > Volume Limit, you can pick what level the maximum volume should be.
Once that limit is set, the volume bar will still look like it goes from 0-100, but 100% will now reflect what your volume limit is now set to. This has the added benefit of being able to get more granular control of players at low volume, as the volume steps will scale up or down with the max volume.
Starting today, some settings that were hidden behind local web servers have moved within the settings of the Sonos app. You can now choose to disable the wireless of Sonos speakers. Just go to More > Settings > Room Settings > Advanced Room > Wi-Fi.
You can only disable the wireless on Sonos speakers that are wired into the network, otherwise they'd get stranded and would need a factory reset to re-connect. So make sure you don't disconnect the Ethernet on speakers that you disable the wireless on.
It's now possible to bond the Connect:Amp as a surround speaker for a Beam, Playbar, or Playbase using the Sonos app. You'll need to have the Connect:Amp wired into the network along with the home theater speaker, or have the two wired together with an Ethernet cable. This is because the Connect:Amp doesn't have the needed hardware to run wirelessly. On that note, the recently announced Sonos Amp will be able to do this wirelessly.
System requirements, alerts, and warnings:
We've updated the look of the Desktop Controller for Mac and Windows computers as discussed in this thread here. New system setup and configuration options have been removed from the Desktop Controller. It is no longer possible to use the Desktop Controller to setup or transfer a Sonos system, add a player, create or separate stereo pairs, register players, setup a TV, enable parental controls, manage network settings, adjust line-in settings, opt in or out of beta programs, or change Sonos account passwords. Please use the Sonos App for iOS or Android to change these settings instead. You can find out more in the thread here.
This software release ends connectivity for the Sonos Dock, originally released in 2010. Upon updating to version 9.2, the Dock will no longer connect to your system (although it can still be used as a charger). Learn more at http://www.sonos.com/dock or join the discussion in this thread.
Finally, operating systems iOS 9 and Android 4.x are now partially supported by the Sonos App. Devices running iOS 9 or Android 4.x can still browse, search and play music using this version of the Sonos app. Less common tasks like adding new speakers, modifying music services, or setting up a new Sonos system require Android 5.0 or higher, or iOS 10 or higher.