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When is Echo Support coming?

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Unless you own and have used Alexa (Echo) you may not get what Collin is saying. It is so wonderful just saying "Alexa, play the Beatles" and the Beatles play. If Amazon, or anyone else, comes up with a HiFi system along the lines of Sonos that is properly integrated with Alexa, I would drop Sonos like a hot potato.

I have been using Sonos for 7 years, and love it, but Alexa is so good that I am willing to move from Sonos to get proper integration.
When is Google Home support coming? Lol
Has anyone tried the Yonomi app with Alexa's Smart Home Skills? It seems like a good stop-gap until Sonos can get their act together and catch up.
I was using it but it's recently quit working intermittently. I've tried many fixes and nothing makes it work consistently anymore
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I installed the Yonomi app a couple days ago. I find it to be really limited as far as what it can do with Sonos, but definitely something to look into if you have echo and sonos. It's not going to be all you want, but it's a good stop gap till something better comes along.

It's someone hard to describe how it works without getting too detailed. It will essentially setup each of your sonos units as a separate smart device that echo can see and command. You are limited to what you can do with the device though. Turn on, turn off, pause, mute, unmute, play a sound. What you cannot do (in this context anyway) is specify what song, playlist or service to play, or group rooms together. obviously, that makes it rather limited.

However, you can get around the music select limitation by setting up a routine in advance. For example, I set up a routine to specifically play my daughter's playlist on the living room sonos at a specific volume and named it "Samantha". So you can now tell echo "Alexa, turn on Samantha" and it will follow the routine.

An important factor in this is that Yonomi is not about controlling Sonos only as it can control your other smart home devices as well. So for example, I can add turning off the living room lights to the previously created "Samantha" routine. That's definitely something to consider if Sonos makes it's own skill. It's not just about voice control, but about automation as well.

One other thing worth repeating is that Yonomi ties your smart phone so it is aware of additional events. For example, Yonomi sets the GPS location of your home, so when you arrive home, it knows this based on the gps and can automatically run a routine. I have set to having the living room sonos say "welcome home", turn on the light, and play Pandora Fleetwood mac station, but only between 8 am and 8 pm. It also is supposed to be able to run a routine when I start a phone call (mute the music) or end a phone call (unmute), but I haven't gotten that to run smoothly yet.

Be aware though that if you already have a wink or some other hub on your network, and yonomi is going to cause some confusion. Alexa got confused when I asked it to turn off the kitchen light because it thought I had more then 1 of those...one kitchen light on wink, one kitchen light on yonomi. I had to rename to light on yonomi to avoid the confusion.

So yes, yonomi is definitely worth a try in my opinion, but don't expect it to be the final solution.
Unless you own and have used Alexa (Echo) you may not get what Collin is saying. It is so wonderful just saying "Alexa, play the Beatles" and the Beatles play. If Amazon, or anyone else, comes up with a HiFi system along the lines of Sonos that is properly integrated with Alexa, I would drop Sonos like a hot potato.

I've been using a pair of Play:1s for the last year, and have been seriously thinking about upgrading to a pair of Play:5s to get a richer sound quality. But I got an Echo this week and — already — I can't "go back" to dealing with the mediocre—at best—user interface of the Sonos app to access my music.

Alexa connects to all the music services I need (i.e., Spotify & Pandora, and you can now upload your own music to the Amazon Prime Music service). Who really needs the bajillion niche services Sonos offers? True, the sound quality of the Echo is even flatter than the Play:1s, but it's so convenient to use that I haven't used my Sonos system since Alexa showed up.

Net net, it's only a matter of time before Amazon releases a high quality speaker that's Echo-compatible. So, it looks like a race to me. I've got a grand earmarked for a speaker upgrade, and will happily give it to Sonos for a pair of Play:5s if I can control them through Alexa. And I'll just as happily give it to Amazon if they bring a high quality Echo-compatible speaker to market before Sonos gets to that integration.
I was using it but it's recently quit working intermittently. I've tried many fixes and nothing makes it work consistently anymore

They just sent out an email about this today. I glanced at it but haven't had time to implement the fix they are documenting.
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Lmower. An echo dot hooked to play5s gives you sonos and echo together now.
Chris, Thanks. I didn't realize the Play5s have line in. I have an Echo Dot, but hooked it to a Bose since none of the other Sonos components I have (playbar, sub, Play1s) have line ins.

Once connected to the Play5, can the Play5 act as a source so you play that audio in other rooms as well?

Also, I assume the same can be done with the Connect - true? I've been hesitant to pay $350 just to connect Echo Dot to Sonos.
No need to wait any longer, just get into the Josh.ai beta. Sonos support is Standard.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2497539,00.asp

Oh, you will need at least $10 grand, lol.
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Lmower. An echo dot hooked to play5s gives you sonos and echo together now.

DOTS are no longer available for sale. They were a limited run and are sold out.

The priority should be having Sonos work with the Echo and Homekit
Why Echo and Homekit? Why not Google's upcoming device, which should have far better access to general knowledge than Echo. I have Echo, Alexa's ability to answer general knowledge questions is very, very poor.

This space is just getting started. Apple will try to lock you into add-ons that cost more, and generate more revenue for Apple, so Homekit is a non starter for me. Sonos has always been an equal access platform. I sure hope they don't lock into a single platform, which then gets superceded by another, game changing newer one.
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Why Echo and Homekit? Why not Google's upcoming device, which should have far better access to general knowledge than Echo. I have Echo, Alexa's ability to answer general knowledge questions is very, very poor.

This space is just getting started. Apple will try to lock you into add-ons that cost more, and generate more revenue for Apple, so Homekit is a non starter for me. Sonos has always been an equal access platform. I sure hope they don't lock into a single platform, which then gets superceded by another, game changing newer one.


I'm open but Google is not here yet. For me, I already have an Echo like many others do and Homekit does not require me buying another device since I already have an iPhone and iPad.
Unfortunately, Homekit would leave out well over half the Sonos userbase, since it's Apple, who are very closed and proprietary with everything they do. Google has a much better history of open APIs, and allowing their products like Chromecast, to run on as many devices ad possible, including Apple's closed devices. Far, far better that Sonos would wait for Google's implementation, or another open project.
Sorry if this is a repost, but there is a solution out there for those willing to put some effort in...

https://github.com/jplourde5/echo-sonos
Sorry if this is a repost, but there is a solution out there for those willing to put some effort in...

https://github.com/jplourde5/echo-sonos


Looks like a fork of the repo posted on the first page of this thread: https://github.com/rgraciano/echo-sonos. One issue another user responded with is the security of this approach...
Not available yet in the U.S., but the answer may be to drop Sonos and grab the new Musaic Wi-Fi sound system (IFTTT enabled, so you can program it to work other smart home devices). http://www.musaic.com/en-wo/
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Sorry if this is a repost, but there is a solution out there for those willing to put some effort in...

https://github.com/jplourde5/echo-sonos


Looks like a fork of the repo posted on the first page of this thread: https://github.com/rgraciano/echo-sonos. One issue another user responded with is the security of this approach...


Correct, they are forks for testing that will hopefully be merged with the main branches. I just added capability that will allow the solutions to work without having to make any adjustments to your firewall or having to expose your server in any way. It should now be totally secure.

Ultimately, my hope and suspicion is that Sonos will be adding support for Echo, Siri, and other voice control devices, just like they do today with handheld support for IOS and Android. It is also possible that they may add their own voice control device to the mix, like they have with their own handheld controller. I would not be surprised to see some of this before the end of the year. Fingers crossed.

In the mean time, if you are up for a technical challenge and can follow instructions closely, the solutions mentioned here will do the trick.
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Unless you own and have used Alexa (Echo) you may not get what Collin is saying. It is so wonderful just saying "Alexa, play the Beatles" and the Beatles play. If Amazon, or anyone else, comes up with a HiFi system along the lines of Sonos that is properly integrated with Alexa, I would drop Sonos like a hot potato.

I have been using Sonos for 7 years, and love it, but Alexa is so good that I am willing to move from Sonos to get proper integration.


I have been a Sonos customer for 10 years. I too love it. I'm now an Alexa owner, and it rocks too. Sonos should look carefully at the history of those technologies that refused to play well with others. History has shown that failure to integrate leads to loss of market share. If I were running Sonos, my directive would be in integrate to as much as possible to gain as much market share as possible. Also through integration comes the possibility of assimilation. Just my 2 cents.
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As has been mentioned in other threads, Sonos will announce it's "vision" for the future on the 30th of August, and one of the rumors is that they will announce something with regards to voice control. So let's hear what they have to say there first, before making any judgements. :)

http://www.whathifi.com/news/sonos-set-to-announce-big-changes-30th-august
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I installed the Yonomi app a couple days ago. I find it to be really limited as far as what it can do with Sonos, but definitely something to look into if you have echo and sonos. It's not going to be all you want, but it's a good stop gap till something better comes along.

It's someone hard to describe how it works without getting too detailed. It will essentially setup each of your sonos units as a separate smart device that echo can see and command. You are limited to what you can do with the device though. Turn on, turn off, pause, mute, unmute, play a sound. What you cannot do (in this context anyway) is specify what song, playlist or service to play, or group rooms together. obviously, that makes it rather limited.

However, you can get around the music select limitation by setting up a routine in advance. For example, I set up a routine to specifically play my daughter's playlist on the living room sonos at a specific volume and named it "Samantha". So you can now tell echo "Alexa, turn on Samantha" and it will follow the routine.

An important factor in this is that Yonomi is not about controlling Sonos only as it can control your other smart home devices as well. So for example, I can add turning off the living room lights to the previously created "Samantha" routine. That's definitely something to consider if Sonos makes it's own skill. It's not just about voice control, but about automation as well.

One other thing worth repeating is that Yonomi ties your smart phone so it is aware of additional events. For example, Yonomi sets the GPS location of your home, so when you arrive home, it knows this based on the gps and can automatically run a routine. I have set to having the living room sonos say "welcome home", turn on the light, and play Pandora Fleetwood mac station, but only between 8 am and 8 pm. It also is supposed to be able to run a routine when I start a phone call (mute the music) or end a phone call (unmute), but I haven't gotten that to run smoothly yet.

Be aware though that if you already have a wink or some other hub on your network, and yonomi is going to cause some confusion. Alexa got confused when I asked it to turn off the kitchen light because it thought I had more then 1 of those...one kitchen light on wink, one kitchen light on yonomi. I had to rename to light on yonomi to avoid the confusion.

So yes, yonomi is definitely worth a try in my opinion, but don't expect it to be the final solution.
I installed the Yonomi app a couple days ago. I find it to be really limited as far as what it can do with Sonos, but definitely something to look into if you have echo and sonos. It's not going to be all you want, but it's a good stop gap till something better comes along.

It's someone hard to describe how it works without getting too detailed. It will essentially setup each of your sonos units as a separate smart device that echo can see and command. You are limited to what you can do with the device though. Turn on, turn off, pause, mute, unmute, play a sound. What you cannot do (in this context anyway) is specify what song, playlist or service to play, or group rooms together. obviously, that makes it rather limited.

However, you can get around the music select limitation by setting up a routine in advance. For example, I set up a routine to specifically play my daughter's playlist on the living room sonos at a specific volume and named it "Samantha". So you can now tell echo "Alexa, turn on Samantha" and it will follow the routine.

An important factor in this is that Yonomi is not about controlling Sonos only as it can control your other smart home devices as well. So for example, I can add turning off the living room lights to the previously created "Samantha" routine. That's definitely something to consider if Sonos makes it's own skill. It's not just about voice control, but about automation as well.

One other thing worth repeating is that Yonomi ties your smart phone so it is aware of additional events. For example, Yonomi sets the GPS location of your home, so when you arrive home, it knows this based on the gps and can automatically run a routine. I have set to having the living room sonos say "welcome home", turn on the light, and play Pandora Fleetwood mac station, but only between 8 am and 8 pm. It also is supposed to be able to run a routine when I start a phone call (mute the music) or end a phone call (unmute), but I haven't gotten that to run smoothly yet.

Be aware though that if you already have a wink or some other hub on your network, and yonomi is going to cause some confusion. Alexa got confused when I asked it to turn off the kitchen light because it thought I had more then 1 of those...one kitchen light on wink, one kitchen light on yonomi. I had to rename to light on yonomi to avoid the confusion.

So yes, yonomi is definitely worth a try in my opinion, but don't expect it to be the final solution.


Hi there, thanks for the information. Tell me please how did you set up a routine to include a chosen playlist? In "Routines" I only see my saved Sonos favorites.
Thanks.