First off, I’m aware there are numerous topics on “can I use my system offline” and I’ve scanned them but they all seem a bit dated and the final nail in the offline coffin seems to have come with a recent update.
Anyway, I’ve been a sonos customer for several years now, have like 10 speakers between two houses, yadda yadda... I also had a speaker in a school environment (think firewall, annoying login pages...) for about two years. The speaker couldn’t use any music services because the way you logged into the WiFi was through a browser pop up, and you can’t exactly open a browser on a speaker.
That was fine, I used a local library of mp3s on a laptop and that worked great for two years. When I had to update it I took it home and then brought it back because the same internet issue also prevented it from updating.
Fast forward to today. I bought a speaker to leave with the school as a gift, and upon trying to set it up I was greeted with a “no registered speakers on your account” message... after calling them, I got to essentially you need internet now no matter what now. Gone are the days of offline use apparently as you now need a “sonos account” to use anything...
I’m filing this as a question in case my long winded rant is in error and someone knows a method to use their system offline.