The product is branded “roam” it should be easy to use away from home… right?
I was naive enough to think that.
I am currently traveling for work and my go-to bluetooth travel speaker kicked the bucket. I took it as an opportunity to pickup the roam, something I had been eyeing for a bit. Getting the thing setup (just so I can use bluetooth) while I’m on hotel wifi is near impossible. It also REFUSES to do bluetooth pairing without wifi setup first.
I finally did it, it took an hour and a half. Multiple devices, hotspots, new sonos systems/accounts, etc. Completely unacceptable experience.
This is going to be a ton of people’s entry product into the sonos ecosystem. It NEEDS to work with simple bluetooth pairing out of the box. I don’t know why I have to tell you this, get better product management.
Best answer by ratty
None of your quotes detract from the fact that the unit first needs to be set up on -- or as -- a Sonos system in order to operate.
The FAQ on the product/store page are quite explicit:
Will Roam work with Bluetooth out of the box?
Like all Sonos speakers, Roam must be set up with the Sonos app whilst on WiFi before you can connect a device directly via Bluetooth.