Apparently the speakers I have all do support 5GHz (contrary to what most say) because when you have a Surround setup it uses 5GHz to communicate between the speakers. So PLEASE let me enable 5GHz on all of my other speakers to avoid this interference. If the hardware exists in the speaker, let me use it!!!
I understand it won't have the same range with 5GHz but I don't want range anyway. I want flawless playback.
I've invested a lot in Sonos and to not have this capability is ridiculous... unless there is truly a technical limitation preventing it, in which case it should be detailed by Sonos.
Please reply here if you're in a similar situation.
Best answer by jgatie
1) Not all support 5 GHz. The Connect and Connect:Amp do not.
2) Sonos has found that 5 GHz is actually less reliable, because while it has the low latency needed for surround sound, 5 GHz has less range and penetration, so it is not suitable for whole-home audio which requires a longer range must pass through walls and floors. This is why it is only suitable for surround sound setups which are by nature close range and in the same room.
The fact you do not want the range of 2.4 GHz means nothing if you need to to go through walls or floors. In addition, you are not the only customer, and for every one of you that would not complain about the range, there are many, many more who would expect their systems to work. I imagine Sonos has done the math on that equation and have found 5 GHz through the whole home is not practical.