Sonos speaker update dismantles the bridge in favor of Wi-Fi connectivity

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By Rich Edmonds on 2 Sep 2014 09:28 am
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Sonos has today announced a substantial software update (version 5.1), which will allow consumers to run existing hardware from the company directly through Wi-Fi. This negates the requirement to have everything wired up to a router or even a Sonos Bridge. Simply connect the speakers to a wireless network and you're good to go.

With competing tech giants attempting to wrestle in and tackle Sonos, the company has made it a breeze for anyone who wants to create a wireless home speaker system to get started. Want another speaker in the bedroom? No worries; purchase another Sonos system and connect to the Wi-Fi network. Now hit 'play'.

The new firmware will handle everything technical to ensure owners don't have to put up with echoing, delays or even dropouts (though this will also depend on the signal strength and capacity of the home network). While everything should work over a wireless connection, it's not always the case (just take wireless network adapters as a solid example). Wiring speakers up to the network will better protect the experience from the above issues.

Also, it's worth noting that the Sonos 3.1 and 5.1 home theater setups still require a wired connection, while the standalone PLAYBAR does not. If you already rock a Sonos Bridge and have everything connected and working perfectly, there's no need to change anything. For those who require stronger signal coverage, Sonos will be releasing the Sonos Boost for $99 later this year. More details are expected in the coming months.

Have you updated and connected via Wi-Fi? Let us know your impressions below.

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Sonos speaker update dismantles the bridge in favor of Wi-Fi connectivity

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Very interesting that we no longer need the bridge. I'll keep using mine but might give it a try to see how it works. The biggest thing on this story for me is the Boost unit. I have an extended wifi unit so I can get better reception while outside (I have outdoors speakers hooked up to a Connect Amp that is in the house). It really is the only issue that i have. Plus, when I renovate my basement next Spring, I will be using Sonos as my surround sound system so I may need to Boost the reception down there as well.

Removed the Bridge and plugged in my office Play 1 and it works perfectly. Sucks that I now have a 6 month old Bridge that I can't even sell or give to a friend as it has become obsolete. Johnarobb, I can't wait to get a Playbar and Sub when I renovate my basement next year. One of the reasons that I am anxious for the Boost as well.

Your Bridge can act as a boost for your basement. It still has the bridging capabilities and this was one of the reason's why I opted not to part with mine. You should try it out as a repeater prior to parting with it. (they are selling for $25+ on eBay).