I have a funny shaped house with lots of RF-opaque walls. So I have 5 WAPs, each with the same SSID&password, but on different channels. Most of the WAPs are dual band. They're connected to the router (which contains DHCP etc) over reliable powerline.
I have a largish number of Sonos players distributed through the house. A couple of them can be connected to wired, but most are wireless only.
I'll describe the configurations I've tried and where I've ended up, with a few fun questions and observations on the way. Perhaps someone cleverer than me can help.
Assume I'm doing all the basic stuff correctly i.e. set controller in and out of airplane mode to select nearest WAP, allow devices to settle following config changes (to allow STP to propagate). Assume I'm checking on the network matrix that what I'm saying about wired/wireless is correct, etc etc
1/ one Sonos wired, all others wireless
I assume this puts them all on SonosNet?
- all Sonos devices always discoverable (i.e. they respond to ping) and can be seen in all controllers
- playback of live streaming services (e.g tunein Radio) is poor, with frequent dropouts
- ping times highly variable, between 2ms and 2000ms
The house Wifi 2.4Ghz channels are set to a repeated sequence of 1, 6, 11 across the WAPs. Assume that this is interfering with Sonos Net.
2/ no Sonos devices wired
(note that one of them _is_ wired, but has its wireless disabled so I think it's irrelevant here)
- some devices can never be discovered
- playback seems more reliable but I confess I haven't tried this for a very long time. Over 30 minutes it was fine except when the devices disappeared
The Sonos devices are on the house Wifi - BUT they are unable to cope with multiple access points and are randomly selecting them. Not all WAPs are RF visible from some rooms
I went to preferences->advanced settings on various of the controllers, and got a dialogue saying that it's not possible to configure the Wifi. This seems to happen in any of the above scenarios.
3/ one Sonos wired, all others wired, and 2.4GHz house Wifi disabled
- Sonos system is reliable
- Ping times all steady on about 6 ms
- all my 2.4GHz clients are disappointed as they can't use house Wifi
this works as it has removed the WiFi interference experienced in scenario 1/. The Sonos devices are now using SonosNet.
SO there we are. Please advise. The ideal would be to have the Sonos devices working properly on my home Wifi and able to cope properly with multiple access points. I've gone to a lot of trouble to get the coverage around the house working and it's a shame that Sonos can't work with this....