Sonos Just Fixed Its Most Annoying Feature
Completely wireless music in your house is the future, and
Sonos setup is already very easy: Plug one component into your router, fire up the Sonos app on your computer or your phone, and you're guided through the process of adding speakers and creating groups for different rooms in your house. But that wired connection to your router remains a clunky piece of the otherwise seamless system. Sure, sometimes your router is conveniently located so you can just plug right in, but sometimes it's not. The company's Bridge exists basically exclusively so you can connect to a router that's across the house from where you want music.
A few months ago,
Sonos' multi-room system wasn't strictly impossible without the wired connection to a router before. When Sonos first launched, however, the tech wasn't quite to the company's exacting standards. Wireless multi-room
According to the company, most users won't need that wired connection any more. There are exceptions. If you're using the company's Playbar with a Sub or surround sound speakers, you'll still need a direct connection. What's more, if you're in a particularly tricky space or a very large house, a Bridge will make the system run smoother. To help users in these settings, the company is also rolling out the $100 Boost, a more powerful version of the Bridge.
The new wireless setup is comes just as Sonos is getting some serious competition. Imagination Technologies