If you’ve picked up one of the newer Sonos Play speakers or Playbar, you would need either a Connect: Amp or Bridge in order for them to connect wirelessly. So while the speakers themselves were wireless, they still required a wired connection to your router. A recent promotion offering a free Bridge helped lessen the hurdle for new owners who had to purchase a Play plus a bridge. Now comes word that it will no longer be a requirement. A new software solution will remove the need for a bridge or wired ethernet connection needed to create a Sonos network.
Developers at the company have figured out a way to enable SonosNet, their propietary network, without having to wire a bridge or amp to your router. By finding a software based solution, the price of entry for new customers is the price of a Play. The Sonos Bridge will still remain in the product lineup. In larger homes where WiFi signals are not always strong throughout, the Sonos Bridge can still play a valuable role.
The process is relatively easy, but does require you have a smartphone. Given the demographic of most Sonos owners, this shouldn’t be an issue. During the initial setup, you have to enter your WiFi password and Sonos will handle the rest.
There is no set date for the release of the new software update. Sonos is taking applications to join the beta program.
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