May 13, 2016

How To Connect Sonos Devices To Each Other

One of the best features of Sonos is that connecting multiple speakers and devices to the same system is extremely easy.  Instead of the hassle of networking speakers with wires and worrying about all the programming involved, there is a much easier way.

Step One To Conecting Multiple Devices: Choose your Setup

Step one is to choose the speakers you want!  Depending upon the application you may want to connect 2, 3, or dozens of speakers.  Sonos is sophisticated enough to handle large residential or even commercial applications.  The great thing about using this kind of speaker is that you can put multiple devices in the same run, you can put single devices across multiple rooms, or even multiple devices across multiple rooms.

You are then able to play the same thing in every room, or different things in every room easily chosen with the remote app used to control the system.

Playbar- Great As A Standalone

If you only have one speaker in a room, you are probably going to want to make it a playbar.  This is the most powerful stand alone speaker unit.  It actually has 9 separate speakers held within itself, six mid range speakers and three tweeters.  This speaker is ideal to hook up to a television for a big improvement in sound.

Each speaker has its own amplifier and driver so the sound is precise because power output is always sufficient and even to run all speakers as intended no matter how loud or soft your volume.  It is also capable of getting loud, but this is not the primary objective of the playbar.  The playbar was created for ultimate sound quality and precision to act as a standalone speaker which still creates a rich sound environment for an entire room.

You can also kick a playbar up a notch with a sub, or pair it with a Play:5 or multiple Play:1’s to create a surround sound system.

Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 – Great To Put in Every Room

If you are looking to connect speakers in multiple rooms, consider adding a Play:1, 3, or 5 to every room you want to hear the vibrant tones of your favorite music.  You can add multiple speakers in every room for consistent volume all over, or put 1 device in each room.  No matter what, connecting the devices to each other are easy.

Step 2- Set Up Your Speakers

No matter which speakers you choose, you need to set them up.  Luckily Sonos makes setup a breeze across the entire product line.  Plug in your speakers, and make sure that they are within range of your home WiFi network, or that you have purchased a Boost to connect them all.

Sonos speakers look great so you can display them proudly.  They also have a sleek design, both aesthetically and in their economical dimensions, so you can also tuck them away, build them into walls, or make them invisible if you want.

Download The App

You will need the controller app on either your mobile device or PC (or both).  You can download here for Apple products from the Itunes store.  Here is the link for downloading the app on other devices.  Make sure that your device is connected to your home WiFi network so that you have internet access and access to the other Sonos devices.

Open the App And Add Speakers

Adding speakers is incredibly easy.  When you open the controller app, it will ask you if you want to setup a new system.  Choose that you do.  It will then ask if you want a standard setup or a Boost setup.  If you are connecting everything to your home WiFi network, choose standard, if you are using a Boost choose this.

Now, as long as your speakers are within range of your network they will appear on the controller app for you to choose to set up on the next screen.  Pick the device, and you will be presented with a selection of rooms/parts of the house.  Choose the most relevant room on the list that you would like to name your speaker, and it is now added.  After you do this you will be presented with a choice to add another speaker.  Choose that you do, and pick the next speaker that you want to add.  You are done!  Keep repeating until you have set up every speaker that you want on your system.

Add New Speakers to Existing System

You may have an existing Sonos setup, but you want to add new speakers to it.  This is also easy.  Plug in the speakers within range of your network just like you always would, then on your Sonos Desktop Controller for Mac or PC, select Manage -> Add a Sonos Component. The screen will then prompt you to press and release the mute and volume + buttons on the device you are adding.  You will then see it on your controller app and you can add it and give it the appropriate room titling.

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