I have a number of Sonos devices and have typically used a BOOST to connect them all. I have one Play5 that is set up far from the BOOST - over 100ft away through walls, etc in my barn. When I try to play it it at times kicks out as the signal is not reliable.
So I decided to put a mini switch in my barn area and plug the device in directly. This created and STP loop as the PLAY5 was acting as a route back to my main network (not the wired connection) as part of the SonosNet. Since it is 100Mbps I really don’t want this to be the path. When I disconnected my BOOST from the Sonos system all devices ran through the PLAY5 in the barn. Not what I am looking for.
Since I now have disconnected my BOOST and subsequently the PLAY5 I am letting everything run on my native wireless. My question is if I install the BOOST in the barn will the all the devices in the house try to connect to this potentially making the system unreliable due to the same issues I ran into before - distance - or will only that PLAY5 connect and the rest run off of the native wireless? One would think that Sonos would allow users to choose what wireless network the devices run on but I have only found where you can set up the network for the entire Sonos system.
I know the solution may be buy another BOOST and put one in the living room and one in the barn but it seems an expensive solution to the issue. Also once I hook that up in the barn it again is going to act as the preferred path back to my main network.
Any help is appreciated.