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sonos are suggesting i replace my bridge with Boost - why?

  • 26 August 2019
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Will it guarantee me no dropouts though?
Of course not. Every home's wireless environment is unique.
Nothing guaranties no dropouts. Simple physics can not be overcome. It should improve things, however.
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I’ve had the same email and the limited offer of 30% off a Boost saying “Bridge was released more than ten years ago and is no longer able to support the demands of your system. To improve your listening experience with better connectivity and fewer dropouts, we recommend upgrading to Boost.”

I rarely have dropouts with the existing Bridge, and attribute most I have had to the now removed ‘on this iPhone’ feature and so I do want to retain use of the separate Sonosnet.

If I get the Boost will it improve connectivity on my components given they are all fairly old? I have a Play 5, Play 3’s and Connects, none can be wired to my router.

Should I hold out until the Bridge starts seriously causing problems in case the five year old Boost is updated in the near future?

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I'd assume that there's a time limit on that 30% offer. If you don't feel that you'd be put out by not getting 30% off of a newer device when your BRIDGE fails, there's no reason that you must replace the BRIDGE now.

You've always got the opportunity to just wire one of your speakers, and it will act in the same manner, setting up the SonosNet network for you.

I'd assume at some point there's not enough power in the BRIDGE in terms of CPU/Memory that it will no longer support the software Sonos is using, since it is restricted to SonosNet 1.0, rather than the SonosNet 2.0 that the BOOST uses. But we're not there yet, and it could easily be many years before that happens.

Last i checked, the BOOST was about $100, not a large investment when compared to a speaker....especially if you take 30% off the top.
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Do you know if the older Sonos components I have also use Sonosnet 2.0 rather than 1.0 (original Play 5, Play 3 and Connect)? Presumably there is only a benefit to me if they do, at least currently.
Everything uses SonosNet 2.0, except for the ancient ZP100, ZP80 ... and Bridge.
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Thanks both, that’s helpful so does sound like some merit in me purchasing a Boost, though as the discount code runs to 31 December I’ve got a little time still to decide on this.
Thanks both, that’s helpful so does sound like some merit in me purchasing a Boost, though as the discount code runs to 31 December I’ve got a little time still to decide on this.
In the time you have remaining to make your decision, it seems sensible to perhaps also try running your Sonos system on the routers WiFi signal, to see how well that performs. If it’s fine, then you may not need to buy the Boost at all... here is a useful Sonos Support article that details how to switch the Sonos System between the 'wired' (Boost) mode and the wireless (WiFi) Mode.

Switching Sonos Modes

I recently replaced my Bridge with the Boost.  No particular reason.  It does seem to improve connectivity and performance of my devices, but it could be my mind playing tricks to justify the modest upgrade expense.  Psycho-acoustics are what it’s all about, right?  8-)

There’s nothing psycho-acoustic about a network connection. It either works, and delivers the audio packets on time, or it doesn’t. In the latter case the audio drops out; there’s no gradual degradation.

There’s nothing psycho-acoustic about a network connection. It either works, and delivers the audio packets on time, or it doesn’t. In the latter case the audio drops out; there’s no gradual degradation.

You did see my smiley face emoji, right?

 

There’s nothing psycho-acoustic about a network connection. It either works, and delivers the audio packets on time, or it doesn’t. In the latter case the audio drops out; there’s no gradual degradation.

You did see my smiley face emoji, right?

 

I missed that bit. But then this board has real emojis selectable in the post edit box. :wink:

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