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using the Roam speaker with the Sonos App vua Bluetooth

  • 4 May 2021
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I suppose I misunderstood this feature. Can you confirm. When I take the Roam speaker away from my home Wi-Fi I can use it as a Bluetooth connected speaker to my phone but I cannot use the Sonos app to stream  a Sonos Playlist. I took it on the road this past weekend expecting to use it that way from the hotel room but couldn’t. Thanks.  

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Best answer by melvimbe 4 May 2021, 19:13

I suppose I misunderstood this feature. Can you confirm. When I take the Roam speaker away from my home Wi-Fi I can use it as a Bluetooth connected speaker to my phone but I cannot use the Sonos app to stream  a Sonos Playlist. 

 

That’s correct.  The Sonos app is a controller, not a music player.  It only instructs your Sonos speakers on what audio to stream  directly.   It’s possible to connect both your phone and Roam speaker to WiFi in a hotel room, and then you would be able to access your Sonos playlist (stored on the Roam), but most hotel WiFi setups don’t allow peer to peer networking (your phone talking to your speaker).  To get around this, you would need to bring a travel router along with you.  So it gets a bit more complicated than just using bluetooth.

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I suppose I misunderstood this feature. Can you confirm. When I take the Roam speaker away from my home Wi-Fi I can use it as a Bluetooth connected speaker to my phone but I cannot use the Sonos app to stream  a Sonos Playlist. 

 

That’s correct.  The Sonos app is a controller, not a music player.  It only instructs your Sonos speakers on what audio to stream  directly.   It’s possible to connect both your phone and Roam speaker to WiFi in a hotel room, and then you would be able to access your Sonos playlist (stored on the Roam), but most hotel WiFi setups don’t allow peer to peer networking (your phone talking to your speaker).  To get around this, you would need to bring a travel router along with you.  So it gets a bit more complicated than just using bluetooth.

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