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Tip: Play your S5 beyond the network

At Sonos, we understand that sometimes it’s not about all the great music services you can access from the internet. Sometimes, it’s just about getting straight to your music.  With the summer months starting to heat up, it’s time to grab that Sonos S5 and bring it with you to the pool, the yard, the cabin – heck, anywhere with a power source.

Which of course begs the question: How do I get my Sonos units to play music in a place where there’s no network? The answer is AutoPlay, and a few simple steps is all it takes.

Step 1: Open your Sonos Desktop Controller and select Zones, then ZonePlayer Settings.

Step 2: From the list of available ZonePlayers, choose the Zone of the S5 you want to designate for AutoPlay.

Step 3: Click Line-In. Then, under source Type, select the type of device you’ll be plugging in (Portable Player, for example).

Step 4: Under Automatically play music (Autoplay) to, make sure that the listed Zone matches the name of the Zone of the S5 you want to take to go.

Step 5: Click OK.

Credit: Jacques Taberlet, via Wikimedia Commons

And you’re done! Now, even if you plug your S5 into a generator in the middle of the Sahara, you’ll be able to play music via line-in.

Where will you use AutoPlay?