I have a Sonos Boost wired to the Fritz Box router. I have speakers dotted about the house using SonosNet but my dining room Play 5 keeps dropping out. Sonos Support said that it looked as if the signal strength was low in the dining room which might account for it. Today I received a Fritz Repeater which apparently provides a mesh network - better than the old network extender. Logically it shouldn’t have helped the speaker problem and sure enougn it hasn’t!
I have moved the speaker that drops out, a little nearer the Boost - within the constraints of my wife’s parameters. If this doesn’t work, can I do anythig with an old Bridge to boost the signal? Would it be worth moving the Boost away from the router and using the ethernet cable, plugging it into the repeater - the repeater is upstairs and in the room above the speaker in question - at present the signal has to go through walls to get to the speaker from the Boost. Lastly would it be worthing buying an new Boost and putting it between the current Boost and the problem speaker? Can these Boosts be plugged in without a speaker attached?
Best answer by buzz
ODFM weak signal level is an indication of interference coping strategy. Weak signal level=3 is not a major issue, but it is a “flag”. Noise Floor is also important. Below -100 is very good, -116 is the lowest that I’ve seen. -80 is not good, somewhere in the mid to low -70’s the unit will drop off the network
BOOST is more effective than BRIDGE.
Note that older models will display “ODFM Weak signal level” while the newer models will display “ODFM ANI Level”. These are similar metrics, but the newer models have more effective radios. I assume that the problem unit is an older unit. You may have better luck if you can physically swap the older unit with a newer model. Or, it may be possible to wire the older unit.