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Is there any way to put a password on your sonos system?

  • 13 February 2013
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Trying to stop everyone logging in and switching the play list, wondering if there is any way to put a password on the system so only those with the code can access the system

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So John suggests that "many" Sonos owners have more than one home? Delusional at best. Play:1 in UK costs 169 pounds, hardly pricing it out of the mass market. Complete and utter garbage spouted in the pursuit of selfish ends. Let the developers work on things that appear to be needed by a large number of people. (Although if your friends think it's funny to override your system, you need to sort them out)
That doens't mean this feature should be forgotten? "Yea, it's not really a hot item on the list, so let's put it on the buttom" No it's a security feature which every other sound system company already has, accept SONOS.
If you don't like this feature, please leave this threat and go find your own issues and post your opinion in them..
Anthony - sell the kid, not the equipment. How come you people can't impose appropriate discipline? Unbelievable. Spoilt brats eh?
If you had read the post correctly, you would see that the initiator in all of this was in fact not my daughter but her boyfriend, so calling my disciplinary skills into account is not the issue here. That would be a discussion for a different time and place, preferably face to face.

What people are asking Sonos to do is not rocket science, as shown by the fact that as Bjorn says, all their competitors are already implementing it. 
Anthony - sell the kid, not the equipment. How come you people can't impose appropriate discipline? Unbelievable. Spoilt brats eh?
Sonos, do something about this please, as this is not acceptable! I am still in the 60 days period that I can return my equipment for a system which is decently secured. This is 2014!
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Anthony - sell the kid, not the equipment. How come you people can't impose appropriate discipline? Unbelievable. Spoilt brats eh?
So you need to decide now if you are going to return it, I guarantee its not going to be password protected before your window is up. This has been a long time ask, its very easy to not have anyone mess with it simply dont let them on your system or have a second ssid that guests can use. Yes its 2014 and yes i have asked for this as well. But being that its 2014 it is now more then ever easy to lock your system down. Doesnt take much to do and there is absolutely no scenario that you can come up with that doesnt have an easy solution to keep folks out. Not making an excuse for sonos as i to do not like this but i also will not let it distract from an otherwise great product.
Once I have found an access to a network i fully intend to access it from outside the house at 3am in the morning and repeatedly play very loud music. Now if I could just find out the house and Wjfi access for the Sonos Managing Director I'm sure we could have this sorted in no time at all 🙂
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Didnt you just indirectly answer the password question yourself here? If you could find the "password" for the wireless system then correct your could do that.
Sonos is basically saying that they dont care about a corporate market... they dont want to be in restaurants, hotels or cafes.... pretty flippin STUPID.... I own a gallery and have spent the whole flippin night re-setting up speakers and re-setting playlists.... i gave the wifi password to the lessee of the event space and they gave it to everyone else!   Half the time the music was down with everyone playing with the sonos or keeping the wifi too busy to buffer music!
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Millions of ways around this issue as has been stated by myself and others. Its a nice to have to ultimately not a limiting factor to anyone buisness or private purchasing. I suppose takes a little know how but anything can be worked around. If you like any suggestions or ways to circumvent anyone messing with it more then happy to help. Can go from super easy to as complicated as you like. I will through this out there, many devices on the market today has dual wireless functionality. The "main" and "guest". Put one of those devices in place, only allow guests to use guest and you never have a problem. And that is just one option.
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There are many features we would all like to see on the Sonos, personally I don't see this one hitting the development list. But who knows. If you don't trust people on your network, the options are, A) don't give them the password. 😎 bar them by mac address if they already have it. Not foolproof I know, but a solution. C) Create a guest network for those 'friends', boyfriends, lesees, postman, next doors dog who is abusing yours, but for some reason have to have wifi access. D) Change your wifi password and then find new friends, dog, etc. Remember, if these users/guests are changing your Sonos system, just think what else they may be doing! That would scare me. As Thomas said, many answers to what is really a non-problem, just a nice to have. Lets be honest, if Sonos spent time and money will it generate business benefit, possibly , but not much in reality. I would personally prefer they spent their resources elsewhere. Just my 2pennies. 🙂 Graham
I am okay with PW protecting my network to keep people out, however I am using the Sonos Bridge so Im assuming they don't have to log into my WIFI network and can just log into the Bridge, and we all know they will.  Hell I would at their house.  Am I wrong about this, meaning do they still need my Wifi PW to access the Bridge or can any Sonos APP'd device connect to the Bridge and control my music? 
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Only Android devices have ability to log directly into SonosNet.

I'm for an option you can activate "Party Mode" that if active only controllers that enter password can get full access.  Non-password activated controllers only get ability to add to que.
I am okay with PW protecting my network to keep people out, however I am using the Sonos Bridge so Im assuming they don't have to log into my WIFI network and can just log into the Bridge, and we all know they will.  Hell I would at their house.  Am I wrong about this, meaning do they still need my Wifi PW to access the Bridge or can any Sonos APP'd device connect to the Bridge and control my music? 
Only Android devices can log onto Sonosnet, and they first have to connect to your WiFi, then connect to Sonos in order to do it.
I now put Sonos 1, 3, 5 and connect in most of our house but since most friends know we have sonos, they constantly change music. People are requesting an option to protect their sonos since more than 3 years. Will you finally do something or will you just watch people leaving Sonos for something that has access control? This should have been on your priority list since a long time
Solution is to create a separate network for Sonos. Limit access to that network.
Well I must say that there are some damn fool answers on here in relation to 674433's, Anthony's, TK's and John's fairly simple request. It only occurred to me after I'd bought my Sonos that this could be done (ie trusted guests to whom one's given their wifi password messing with your settings). I won't go to the bother of returning my kit in the "cooling off" period, 'cos I like it too much, but it obviously is an issue that Sonos would do well to address, before it becomes the subject of negative reviews.
Hello, There isn't a way to set a password or limit accessibility of the Sonos system. If someone has an iOS or Android device and is able to connect to your main network and gone through the setup process with the Sonos application they will have access to the system.
Their are some songs you may not want your wife or kids to see right? May have to remove them until you can protect your privacy with a password.
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Well I must say that there are some damn fool answers on here in relation to 674433's, Anthony's, TK's and John's fairly simple request. It only occurred to me after I'd bought my Sonos that this could be done (ie trusted guests to whom one's given their wifi password messing with your settings). I won't go to the bother of returning my kit in the "cooling off" period, 'cos I like it too much, but it obviously is an issue that Sonos would do well to address, before it becomes the subject of negative reviews.

There are quite a few stupid answers, but most are trying to be helpful. Though ignorance is bliss and they are prime examples of such. I know this is going to piss off a bunch but i really dont care anymore. If you have "friends" that wont respect your belongings and things then find new friends. The ones in my life that i just cant replace that do me wrong in this regard i return the favor trying to get them to understand a point. It only takes once and i dont have an issue with them anymore or they go off and find others they can terrorize and i dont have to deal with them anymore. If someone does this to you after you have asked them not too. go let the air out of one of their tires the next time they come over and let them know you did it because they were being an ass. They will understand and stop or be out of your life. Either way your done with it. And to boot, have a bike pump handy so they can pump it back up by hand. Thatll teachum.
Today the same question was mailed tot SONOS and i got the answer that everybody who has access to my network would be able to access the SONOS system. Yeah right, very simple answer but not a solution and not at all an answer on my question! I've just bought the Playbar, Sub an two Play 1's. Thank you SONOS !
Today the same question was mailed tot SONOS and i got the answer that everybody who has access to my network would be able to access the SONOS system. Yeah right, very simple answer but not a solution and not at all an answer on my question! I've just bought the Playbar, Sub an two Play 1's. Thank you SONOS !
Consider setting up a guest network. Most modern routers have this feature. Then guests can use your internet, but cannot access anything on your local lan.
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Today the same question was mailed tot SONOS and i got the answer that everybody who has access to my network would be able to access the SONOS system. Yeah right, very simple answer but not a solution and not at all an answer on my question! I've just bought the Playbar, Sub an two Play 1's. Thank you SONOS !
This has been kicked around for years now, search through forums there are plenty of viable options for keeping anyone you want out, out.
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Hi everyone,

There's an existing Idea thread, or feature request, for this topic. I'm going to merge this thread over there so that we can keep the discussion all in one place. Anyone following this thread will be following that one as well to get any discussion updates or news.

We don't have a password other way to limit who has access to your Sonos system but it's a good suggestion for something to add for the future. The best way to do this currently simply comes down to denying access to your network to those you don't trust. You can setup a separate or guest network to give people you don't want on your Sonos system if your router allows it. There are other ways to setup network access restrictions for devices which can get more complicated.
The simplest way to protect the playlist would be to exchange device IDs, So, the Sonos app (SA) on the mobile etc sends to the Sonos master device (SMD) (eg PLAY:n etc), its ID, and vice versa, as part of the session protocol. In the initial session setup SA would identify itself as by its own internal device number to SMD. SMD accepts SA's ID if the network is secured. All exchanges of commands would require handshake and identification (not actually very difficult!). All requests to modify the playlist, change volume etc from other than SA would be declined or require interaction with the controls of SMD (or for volume any specific device). SMD would poll SA periodically. Sessions would end on formal log off or lack of response to polling within some pre-determined period. Total cost each end between 10kB and 75kB (in one implementation considerably less) if you know what you are doing. AFAICS SA and SMD are the only devices that actually REQUIRE mods.

Go on Sonos. Do it!
how about guest wifi... even the simplest routers have separate guest access... put sonos on the main network, set up separate guest wifi on a different subnet or whatever... really a router settings issue, not a sonos issue... same issues with all other devices, printer, NAS, etc... they work on the network you put them on... should a printer have user assigned access as well...?

I'd like to see admin assigned controller specific services... this way, I can use my spotify account from my phone and my tablet, and the others can use their spotify (or other) accounts from their controller... The worst is when others get on sonos and start messing with your spotify lists, etc from within sonos enviornment...
has there been any movement on this post..... ie is there an easy way to lock down the system for others on the network?
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I'm really hoping that my google-fu is bad and that this is STILL not an open issue. A simple pin code for pairing devices to a sonos net... doesn't even need to be user accounts for Pete's sake. Maybe some zones get an additional pin code when first trying to control (like the bedroom, kid's room, etc.). It doesnt' have to be Fort Knox, just enough to deter mild abuse or accidental control.

With 6 zones I'm a bit invested in SONOS and love it, but it's not perfect, and not without its competition. I selfishly want to see SONOS trump the competition so that I don't end up with 6 BetaMax players 🙂
Unfortunately the silence from Sonos is deafening. Not even their technical people have replied to the idea.

The suggestion that I might want to invest in a seven or eight zone system is rapidly disappearing over the horizon. Some open-ness on Sonos's part would go a long way to allaying fears that it is simply another betamax!