I am installing Sonos systems in 8 large Fire Stations... Most of them have areas that are too far away from the base station to connect (i.e. out of wireless range). It is our desire to have BOTH a strong wireless signal AND 2) a Sonos speaker connected to the whole Sonos system (i.e that you can control from ANYWHERE).
Running 2 ethernet cables in not an option. So far as I can tell, you can EITHER use a "Boost" to connect the speaker - but then no way to control the speaker without going back into the main building... OR, use a range extender capable to reaching the remote area but without the ability to connect the speaker to the system. It does appear that you can have a "separate" Sonos network with just the one speaker.
I have gone round and round on this and nobody can give me a definitive answer. Ideally, I would LOVE for someone to share the best way to create a mesh-type of system (so that your devices connectivity was ubiquitous without the need to switch back and forth) which allows for all Sonos speakers to be connected and see each other. Even if this configuration requires a Sonos Boost. I would be eternally grateful for the person who provide the solution.
BTW, the stations a [im]patiently waiting so I can purchase the equipment, set it up and so we can all go back to living our lives!!! :8
Best answer by jgatie
Then you set it up as an AP.
See this link for detailed instructions from Netgear:
Then you simply connect it to the Ethernet port on the Sonos. The Sonos will connect the AP to the router via Sonosnet, just as if you plugged it into the router itself.