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How to remove Sonos Bridge the right way

  • 29 October 2018
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Hi,

I have a Sonos 5.1 setup with a Bridge which was setup several years ago when the Bridge was not optional. Running out of network ports in my router and I would like to remove the bridge to free up a LAN port.

What is the right way of doing this? Assume I shouldn't simply unplug the bridge or can I? I did also see other similar topics (some over a year old) on this forum suggesting that it is recommended to have the bridge for multiple speakers. I have a decent router (NETGEAR - Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router) and all my speakers are close to the router, so I am not too concerned about wifi network performance.

Appreciate any advice on this.

Thanks,
Lashan
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Best answer by Stanley_4 29 October 2018, 19:11

Buy an inexpensive dumb, not smart Ethernet switch, 5 or 8 port or more if you can use them, about $20 (US) for the 5 port ones, and use it to add available ports to your router.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A128S24/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QR6XFHQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

I use several 24 port switches at my router and several more 8 port switches at my equipment locations so I only need to run a single Ethernet line to each spot.
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Hi lashanw

Read how to at the link: https://support.sonos.com/s/article/3209?language=en_US

Note: Your system may be less stable on your Wi-Fi. You could also employ an un-managed switch :8

Cheers!
You may also need to disable Airtime Fairness on the Netgear.

If it's just a single 5.1 system, only the main Playbar/base/Beam needs to connect to the router. The satellites connect to the main speaker.
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Buy an inexpensive dumb, not smart Ethernet switch, 5 or 8 port or more if you can use them, about $20 (US) for the 5 port ones, and use it to add available ports to your router.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A128S24/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QR6XFHQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

I use several 24 port switches at my router and several more 8 port switches at my equipment locations so I only need to run a single Ethernet line to each spot.
Thanks for the responses folks. I will get the switch since it seems easier and I can added more wired devices if the need arises. I also completely missed that one of the components need to be wired. Thanks again for the help.
I also completely missed that one of the components need to be wired..
It doesn't (though for larger, extended systems it's recommended). For smaller systems, using Standard/WiFi mode should be okay.