I’ve got 9 speakers around the house. A paired set of Play Ones in the kitchen are consistently AWOL when I want to start playing something. I’m looking for suggestions on the next changes I should try.
Maybe it’s the speakers, maybe it’s my network config, maybe it’s wifi interference.
I’ve had problems in the past with keeping any speakers connected and have tried several configs with varying success. Only having two speakers that disconnect/disappear regularly is the best it’s been, but still pretty annoying.
1x Playbar & 2x Play:1 in front room HT setup on main floor
2x Play:1 stereo pair in middle of main floor in dining room
1x Play:1 in middle of main floor in office
2x Sonos One stereo pair in kitchen at back of house on main floor
1x Play:5 1st gen in basement at back of house
My home network is a Unifi system with 4 access points so lots of options for configuration and lots of rope to hang myself with.
One AP in mid main floor, one at front of house on top floor, one at back of house in basement, and one in the separate garage.
The main floor AP has plenty of 2.4GHz power to cover the property but neighbours are close and we have lots of interference so the idea is other APs are only for short range 5GHz. I also have the garage AP using a low power 2.4GHz channel for an IOT device in there.
All speakers are on a separate Sonos-only SSID that is only available on the 2.4GHz radio in the AP on the main floor. As I remember it, support told me that was better than just letting the speakers choose whichever AP they preferred. Is there a drawback to having different speakers connecting to different AP? In the Unify config I can constrain a speaker to a specific AP by it’s MAC address if that helps.
I have stuck with the S1 controller to avoid losing the Play:5 but if there’s actually some benefit to S2 I’d consider upgrading. Everything on the main floor is S2 ready. I’ve seen release notes and posts that talk about 5GHz support in S2 but it isn’t clear that 5GHz support _is not_ in S1. The neighbours haven’t discovered 5Ghz so there’s not as much interference.
I gave up on Sonosnet years ago. Maybe it’s time to try again. I have a wired ethernet connection available to the Playbar in the front room but it’s a long way and multiple walls (some plaster) to the kitchen Sonos Ones. It wasn’t stable the last time I tried it. I can dedicate one of the 3 usable 2.4GHz channels to it, but I can’t convince the neighbours to shut off their interference.
So, what would you do?
- Switch back to Sonosnet and hope
- Upgrade to S2 and hope
- Futz around with something* to get more speakers on 5GHz (*please specify what!)
- Other (* please specify!)
Thanks for reading this far.
Best answer by acodringView original