Bye-bye Ethernet, Hello Sonos Wi-Fi!

September 5, 2014
1 min read

Pat Pilcher is stoked that his favourite multi-room system just got even simpler.


ALL_Full_Hardware_LineupAS A GADGET reviewer it’s easy to become jaded, as an improbably large pile of tech crosses my desk on a daily basis.

One gadget that has continued to amaze me and remains part of my daily existence to the extent that I’d be lost without it, is Sonos.

Consisting of a series of media streaming devices for music, radio and home theatre, I awake to Radio New Zealand chewing out politicians on my Sonos Play 5 every morning.

Hitting the shower, I lax out to music streaming from my NAS to my Sonos Connect Amp and some ceiling mounted JBL marine speakers.

Getting home, my Sonos Connect belts out some tunes as I prepare dinner.

When it comes to house work, I usually have some high energy music playing on all the Sonos zones throughout my house.

Except for my smartphone (which I use as a remote for Sonos players), there is no other gadget I use as often.

Now, thanks to a software upgrade, Sonos users can connect their Sonos gear to their Wi-Fi network, no cables needed. Beforehand, Sonos users needed to hook their router to a Sonos device using an Ethernet cable. Being able to get connected sans cables simply requires that the Sonos gear is within range of your Wi-Fi network. It’s also such a straightforward process that even the most technophobic should be able to do so with relative ease.

Where Wi-Fi coverage isn’t available, Sonos still recommends users make do with a Sonos Bridge.

Sonos home theatre setups still need wired connections, although a standalone wireless Sonos Hi-Fi Playbar doesn’t.

I’d love to say more but my elderly neighbours are demanding I play some more Sex Pistols as loud as possible. PAT PILCHER

Steel has been penning his pungent prose for 40 years for publications too numerous to mention, most of them consigned to the annals of history. He is Witchdoctor's Editor-In-Chief/Music and Film Editor. He has strong opinions and remains unrepentant. Steel's full bio can be found here

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