Hi, I’m occasionally living in a 1,600 sft single floor apartment in an appartment complex. Sonos is in there for 9 years now. Over the last years I spent tons of hours keeping it going. Yet it is increasingly unnerving how often I get dropouts.
I have 3 ZP90 and one ZP120 operating here. A while ago I added a BOOST. All WM0. My last try was to wire the BOOST to the hub after the router setup, at the entrance. One ZP90 at the other end of the apartment, about 10 meters away, is wired too. The other ZP90 and ZP120 are not wired. I had tried zero wire to no avail. The NAS is of course wired.
Network matrix is not bad most of the time, green yellow some orange. Occasionally however I also see red. Then better colors again. Then reds again with noise floor -80 -87 -85 for example.
phyerr many entries in the 5000 column, up to a value of 90, for the ZP90 which is wired and would, as I interpret the network matrix, feed two of the not wired ZPs.
I have no better explanation than this: the WiFi epidemic around here makes it increasingly difficult for Sonos. I could wire one more ZP, but two remaining ones would have to stay unwired.
BTW, I ran channel 1 for a long time, now 11 to avoid one neighbor’s fairly strong WiFi. My own WiFi is on 6 I used WiFi analyzer and could also see the SonosNet lobes.
Also BTW, I stream lossless for convenience, as I keep everything in lossless at my main home, where I have some audiophile equipment also. Typically 50 MB and up to 71 MB for a song on the latest Metallica CD.
Now my three questions to the experts:
a) shall I also wire the one ZP which I could? (it’s a bit of an effort, this is why I did not try yet)
b) shall I add a scond BOOST or ZP for better coverage? (there are two rooms, both with LAN wires, which have no Sonos device in them yet)
c) would you recommend to recode into 256 kbits/sec or something just for the Sonos here? (quite a bit of effort to keep differently coded libraries current)