I am gutting a kitchen and plan to install music using Sonos. I will also have a flat screen TV in the kitchen but at this point (unless advised to try) do not plan on routing sound thru Sonos system. The kitchen size is narrow and long, 12 feet by 25 feet. One end will be cooking/cleaning area with island, the other end will have a breakfast eating area with small table. I am planning on 4 speakers in the entire kitchen, Zone 1. Also a deck with 2 speakers, Zone 2. At this point no plan to incorporate a living room home entertainment system / audio system.
I currently have structured wiring from DirecTV satellite to multiple TVs throughout the house.
I also have an AT&T DSL modem/wireless router on our home's third floor. The kitchen is two floors below the router, about 40 feet as the crow flies or 80 feet if CAT 5e wired after winding around obstacles. The router is somewhat limited, 4 wired ports plus wireless. May need to expand (thoughts?).
I want to source music from Pandora, ipod, laptop iTunes and probably use iPad as controller.
In the future, may want to integrate our home entertainment area with surround sound as a Zone 3.
Some of these questions may be dumb or make no sense, but to be honest, this setup thing is not straightforward.
I can get Cat 5e wired to the kitchen. I plan to run two lines from the third floor router, one for future internet TV and one for Sonos.
Should I terminate in the kitchen with a Sonos ZoneBridge or a ZP120? I initially thought I needed the bridge, but on further reading looks like I can run CAT 5e and terminate at the first ZP120 and it will then communicate with the other ZP120s.
I assume my kitchen will have two ZP120 (for four speakers total) and also a ZP120 for the deck (2 speakers).
Should I plan on having all three of these ZP120 in sort of the same area, behind a high cabinet perhaps with power source, with easy though limited access to humans. It seems only one of them needs to be hard wired to CAT 5e?
My speaker wire runs will be between 15 feet and 40 feet. Assume this is not a problem with #16?
I assume the deck ZP120 should NOT be exterior. Plan on running speaker wires thru the exterior walls. Correct?
Do the 2nd and third ZP120 communicate wirelessly with the first ZP120 (or BridgeRouter) directly or thru the home DSL router?
Does the laptop with iTunes communicate with Sonos thru my home DSL router (ie. thru the home network) or directly with the ZP120 (or ZoneBridge)??
Does the iPod wireless dock communicate directly with the Zp120 (or Bridge Router) or thru my home DSL router?
The purpose of these prior questions is to determine if I have to upgrade my DSL modem/wireless router to handle all these new Sonos wireless nodes.
I can only imagine that the iPad used as a controller does communicate using the home DSL modem/router.
Does the laptop with iTunes need any black box from Sonos or does it just need to be on the home network where Sonos "finds" it?
Finally, in this long kitchen would I be best positioning 2 left channels at one end and 2 right at the other end OR should I have a left and right channel over the breakfast table and another left and right channel at the island end of the kitchen?
Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.