Our Vision for Rock-Solid Wireless, Evolved


From the archives: drawing of the original Sonos architecture, 2003.
From the archives: drawing of the original Sonos architecture, 2003.

We created the Sonos Wireless HiFi System to provide music lovers, like ourselves, everything we dreamed of for music in our homes – legendary sound and an easy, reliable way to play anything imaginable with freedom from the barriers of speaker cables. This essentially involved finding a way to make the wires invisible.

The network we created for music in your home, SonosNet, is our solution for the simple and reliable wireless experience you enjoy today. Starting from one component (in most cases, the Sonos BRIDGE) wired to your Internet router, our products communicate with one another to construct a wireless mesh network dedicated to your music. This ensures rock-solid signal strength with no interruption, even throughout the largest homes.

Wireless technology has improved over the last 10 years and alongside other investments in evolving your experience with the changing times, we are preparing to take SonosNet to the next level.

Today, we want to share our vision for the next step in wireless HiFi. We’ve found a way to deliver all the benefits of SonosNet without a product directly connected to your router. This new software solution will make Sonos simpler than ever. Start with a speaker and your smartphone, enter your WiFi password and Sonos takes care of the rest.

We will maintain the core function of SonosNet so that – when several players are linked together as a group – they continue to communicate directly with one another, keeping your music in perfect sync. There are some large homes, where all players are not in the range of the WiFi signal or challenging network environments, that will still benefit from the Sonos BRIDGE, but our diagnostics and early testing show that the majority of homes will work well with the new software solution.

To make sure we continue to deliver the most reliable and compatible system possible, we are conducting the most thorough and extensive real-world testing of this new software functionality that we’ve ever undertaken. You will hear more about this beta program in the coming weeks. Until we complete testing of this technology, wiring a BRIDGE (or other Sonos product) to your router is required.

For consideration in joining our Beta program, fill out this application.