Our Vision for Rock-Solid Wireless, Evolved

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Sonos Staff in News, Products

 

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.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Sonos Staff in News, Products

  • Rainer

    Hello,

    do i’ve to use wifi? My current setup is LAN only with a CR 200 for control. Wifi for some android devices via Sonosnet.

    Rainer

    • crazyg0od33

      literally said in the post that you can still use the bridge or LAN ports…

  • Nobu Fukuhara

    YouTube and Vimeo and all the video players must be incorporated into the Sonos appli. That is the most annoying thing.

  • http://canary.is Andrew Kippen

    Team Sonos – congrats on the achievement! I’ve been a happy Sonos user for 3 years now. It wakes me up with NPR in the morning via TuneIn, gets me dancing with Soundcloud playlists on the weekend, and lulls me to sleep with nature sounds from Spotify at night.

    Everyone who visits my place and uses it… loves it.

    Keep up the good work!
    Andrew

  • http://www.flyingberimbolo.com millardtyrone

    Where is the Windows Phone app?

    • naturallmystic

      Windows makes a phone?

      • http://www.flyingberimbolo.com millardtyrone

        Yup. Some of us out there even use them.

  • Denis

    Removing the bridge is OK, having a bridge that is more useful is better !
    What’s about adding a Host USB port on the bridge to connect a 2.5 HD as a NAS for music ?

  • swedishfan

    Great news from Sonos, so hopefully you are now able to give us all what we have been asking for for years – a rechargeable speaker that we can take out and about with us! I have got the Google Play Music App to use with Chromescast and am delighted that I can use this directly with my sonos speaker without having to use the Sonos App! Brilliant, the app is awesome but so many people are used to playing to a speaker direct from their music app and this is now available from Sonos.

  • Z1pp0

    I bought my sonos system 10 days ago. Bridge included. I ma SO disappointed i spent money for nothing

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Z1pp0, if your BRIDGE was purchased directly from Sonos within the last 45 days (60 days in Europe and the UK), and was not part of a free BRIDGE promotion, you may return it under our 45-day money-back guarantee.
      If you’re currently using the BRIDGE, you’re getting the benefit of a dedicated wireless network for your players. We hope that removing the first wire requirement will make it easier for new customers to get started with Sonos and to offer greater flexibility when deciding how to set up Sonos in your home.

      • Satin

        just curious, So if Z1pp0 had indeed returned the bridge, and you still haven’t released the ‘bridge-free’ solution out of BETA yet, how does one network your speakers.

        more importantly, if I am considering buying a Sonos product, should I or shouldnt I buy a bridge now, as its been 2 months since this was posted??

        • Nick

          Right now you still need a bridge. I can send you a referral link that lets you buy a sonos product from them and includes a free bridge. send me an email at nick at bonfatti dot net and I will send you the link for the free bridge.

          • Nick

            Sorry, I should clarify that better. Some sonos pieces have ethernet ports built-in, but the play:1 (and maybe play:3?) requires the bridge to work.

          • Satin

            Oh Thanks Nick, sure will send you a mail?

          • Rumi

            Can I have the link for the play 1 with the free bridge? f00fightrs@aol.com

          • ArnColon

            Hello Nick,

            I have two people that are thinking of joining the Sonos family. Could I get a link please.

            Oh I see your email now. I will send you an email.

  • Todd

    That is awesome, but now can we have OUTDOOR speakers please??????

    • SonosSteve

      100% this!!! Weatherproof speaker please.

  • John

    So if one component (out of several) is outside of decent WiFi range, but within Sonos mesh network range, does that mean that a bridge (or other cable-connected component) needs to be used?
    A few more details on how this would work would be nice.

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi John, while this feature is undergoing Beta testing we aren’t currently divulging technical details. Rest assured that when it’s released, you’ll still have all functionality which currently exists within SonosNet, along with some new options as well.

      • Bradly

        Any news or updates on how the testing is going and if this will be released in the near future?

  • Mikebc

    I’m getting a high pitch noise from my new sound bar

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Mike, if you’re experiencing any audio issues with the PLAYBAR itself, please give us a call on our Customer Care phone line. We’ll want to take a closer look at the hardware with you so we can help solve the problem. Our contact information can be found here: http://www.sonos.com/contact.

      Thanks.

  • brickraster

    I need the Spotify “Your Music” feature… SOON PLEASE

  • Byron C Mayes

    This sounds great! For the record, it should be “There are some large homes, where not all players are in the range of the WiFi signal…”

    If “all players are not in range of the WiFi signal” currently, then the system isn’t functioning at all because nothing is attached to WiFi.

  • Barrett

    Hi, will there be any change in the way that one can stream audio from a record player? Will the connect be replaced with another device any time soon?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Battett, we don’t have any plans to replace the CONNECT at this time. You can stream from a record player by attaching the line-in to a CONNECT, CONNECT:AMP, or PLAY:5. Many record players will require a phono pre-amp before the line-in connection.

  • Oscar0321

    Hello team Sonos. I am very glad to hear the bridge will be replaced with software. Congratulations. Also, I was wondering , why do I need Spotify premium? I think spotify on the sonos app should be like the actual spotify app, which lets you play any music you would like even if it has to be in a shuffle mode as it is in the iPhone version of the app. On iPad and PC, spotify users are able to play any song they want without premium. I would love to see the same capability through the Sonos app. I was disappointed to find out you needed a premium subscription to use spotify. It just isn’t fair.

    • Nick

      That’s because they have no way of showing you the ads you’d normally see on the desktop client or phone app. I agree about the shuffle mode, though – that would be pretty cool but it’s up to spotify to allow that usage.

  • WRA

    Nice idea to eliminate the hardwired connection. I hope quality won’t suffer. Personally I’m fine with the bridge. I’ve actually hardwired my playes wherever possible. What I would really like is the opportunity to switch of the lights on the bridge in my bedroom. Next update?

  • Paul

    Are you considering wireless headphones anytime soon?

  • Denny

    I am on the verge of buying Sonos Play 1 + Bridge and now I am not sure whether the above mentioned vision will make my investment in this Bridge obsolete (assuming no WiFi issues etc). May I ask: will be a firmware (software) update that will allow me to upgrade and use the current model of Sonos Play 1 without a bridge or will it require me to buy a new speaker instead?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Denny, this is a software solution so no hardware upgrades or replacements will be needed. Once your PLAY:1 is using the new software, it’ll be able to connect to your network without a wired BRIDGE. A wired BRIDGE will still provide the benefit of having a dedicated wireless network (SonosNet) for your Sonos players though.

      • Topher

        Is there an ETA on this being available? I currently have my play 1 connected via Ethernet. I was thinking of moving the speaker and buying a bridge. However if the bridge won’t be necessary in the next few months, I can wait. I know you can’t commit to a date but are you able to tell me if this is something in the coming months or are we looking at the coming years?

  • Trudyp5

    Any more news on when the software will be available to replace the bridge?

    • gilahacker

      Ditto. I was about to pull the trigger on a Sonos PLAY:5, but don’t want to have to mess with a bridge.

      • Nick

        The PLAY:5 doesn’t require a bridge if you plug an ethernet directly into it. If you want I can generate you a link with a coupon for a free bridge with purchase.

  • MondoTechnoir

    I am ready to buy a Sonos Play One (yes keep in mind your market segment of starters without disposable income) and I am hesitant on placing my order until SonosNet is fully wireless. The 6-month GooglePlay offer ends in July 5th 2014, what’s a person-in-a-budget to do?

    I live in an apartment and I do not want a Bridge if it won’t be useful soon – even if it was free it won’t work for small homes so 6 months of free streaming are a more attractive deal.

    Any updates on your deadline or alternative offers? e.g. free Spotify Premium.

    • Nick

      I can send you a link for a free bridge w/ sonos purchase when you are referred by a friend. I’ll be your friend! Send me your email at nick at bonfatti dot net and I’ll send you the referral link.

  • Ray Miller

    I am a new sonos user and have just purchased a play 1 to get started. I want to listen to the sonos on my deck and most likely purchase another speaker. My question is do I purchase a bridge or is the new update available? I would rather not have the bridge.
    Thanks
    Ray

    • Nick

      Update’s not available yet, but I can generate a coupon for a free bridge with purchase if you send me your email.

      • volarmc

        Nick, can I get a coupon too. I have been researching the play 3 and the need for the bridge was holding me back as well. If I can get them both together I’m ready to buy. thanks.

        • Nick

          Send me your email address nick at bonfatti dot net and ill be glad to send you a coupon.

  • Jonathan

    So when is this actually going to be released? It’s been two months now…

    I’m trying to buy a Sonos system and it would be nice to have an idea if this is going to happen next week or next year.

    • Nick

      if you’re interested, I can send you a link where you can get a bridge for free when you buy your sonos direct from sonos.com.

      • Javaguy01

        Please send one this way

        • Nick

          I need your email address. You can email me at nick at bonfatti dot net if you haven’t already.

          • Mike

            Nick is there anyway you can send that link to me at mike at snapbooth dot com it would be much appreciated!

      • http://about.me/jeffrobson Jeff Robson

        Dude! I’d love one.

        • Nick

          I sent you a google hangout message. I need your email address to generate the link.

      • Joakim Johansson

        If possible, send one for me as well. Holding off my purchase of Sonos because I have to buy the bridge. One for free… now we’re talking :)

        • Nick

          Send your email address to nick at bonfatti dot net and I will be glad to hook you up with the coupon.

          • William

            Hi Nick Is that free bridge coupon applicable in Toronto, Canada?

          • Nick

            US only according to the rules.

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Jonathan, we’re still in the testing stages for the new software. We don’t have a firm release date to share at this time.

      • DMC

        Any news on when this will be released? I want to buy a Sonos product and would prefer to not invest in a bridge until I have tried the product. The free bridge offer is not valid in Ireland :(

        • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

          Hi DMC, no update on an official release time. Currently, you can wire any Sonos component, such as one of your players, into the network and it’ll setup the wireless Sonos network for others.

          • Bradly

            This is a major bummer as the house I’m putting it into only has an Apple Airport Express with no ports to bring a cat5 out of. I was hoping it would be released by now but it looks like I’ll have to buy them a router along with a bridge.

            You should change the blog post and say something along the lines of * this post was a little premature. We have no release date planned at this time. Sorry for any confusion.

          • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

            Hey Bradly,

            As stated in the article, we are currently doing testing on this with our extensive Beta Program and until testing is completed, a wired device is still required. When testing has been completed, we will let everyone know about the availability of this feature.

            If this is something you are interested in testing, I encourage you to you apply for our Beta Program and take part in testing this feature first hand.

  • bjs1000

    I’m about to purchase a play 3 in Australia. Is it possible to qualify for the free bridge offer? Or do I need to order through website?

    • Nick

      It’s US only as far as I can tell, sorry.

  • http://www.michaelballarchitects.com Michael Ball

    Just purchased a play bar through my television dealer. Do I still need a bridge for installation or is new software in operation. Seems unfair to purchase hardware that will be obsolete soon.

    • nicka99

      I dont think this release is just around the corner. I give it a few more months to appear. Also, if you plan on getting a sub or surrounds with the playbar then you MUST use the SonosNet wifi with one wired component (bridge or other sonos device) – this is a little mentioned limitation of using your own wifi for sonos. If you can wire your Playbar directly to your network then you dont need a bridge anyway.

  • Eduardo

    Any news on this? My bridge was stolen and now I can’t use my lovely Sonos. I’ve applied to the beta, but no news…

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Eduardo, no news to share currently. If you have another Sonos unit that you can wire directly to your network, it can function as a temporary BRIDGE for your other Sonos players. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help out: http://www.sonos.com/contact.

  • Mark Swift

    Come on Sonos, we NEED this… My bridge just failed!

  • Denners

    I have tried to apply for the beta testing and have heard nothing in reply. This leaves me without a working Sonos system as I have recently moved to a rented apartment with a wireless 4g portable router (no ethernet ports for the bridge). Can you tell me why I have heard nothing in reply from Sonos?