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Sonos BOOST

High-performance network adapter for Sonos devices

58 Reviews | 7 questions - 30 answers

Overview

Our take on the Sonos BOOST

If you want the best wireless performance from your Sonos music system, check out the Sonos BOOST. Like the BRIDGE, the BOOST is a compact device that connects to your network router and creates a dedicated wireless network for Sonos. It offers more stable, reliable performance than using your existing Wi-Fi® network for music streaming. By creating its own network, The BOOST allows you to stream music wirelessly without disrupting traffic on your Wi-Fi network. It's a great solution if your Wi-Fi network suffers from limited range or is easily bogged down by multiple wireless devices.

Get the most from your Sonos system

If you want the best wireless performance from your Sonos music system, check out the Sonos BOOST. Like the BRIDGE, the BOOST is a compact device that connects to your network router and creates a dedicated wireless network for Sonos. It offers more stable, reliable performance than using your existing Wi-Fi® network for music streaming. By creating its own network, The BOOST allows you to stream music wirelessly without disrupting traffic on your Wi-Fi network. It's a great solution if your Wi-Fi network suffers from limited range or is easily bogged down by multiple wireless devices.

Extended wireless range

The BOOST offers twice the wireless range of the BRIDGE, so you can extend your Sonos system into more rooms. It's a great way to ensure you can enjoy music throughout your home, for a robust whole-home music system.

I never had a problem with the old my old Bridge model, so I'm not 100% sure the Boost is that much of an improvement.

Mitchell, Atlanta, GA

What's in the Box:

  • Sonos Boost
  • AC power adapter
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Product Information

Product Highlights:

  • creates a dedicated wireless network for Sonos music players
  • connects to your router, allowing Sonos music players in your system to operate wirelessly
  • offers high-performance wireless functionality for wireless music streaming with Sonos devices
  • ideal for Sonos installations in homes with less robust Wi-Fi networks
  • 2-port Ethernet switch for passing through network connectivity to other devices
  • 4-1/2"W x 1-5/16"H x 4-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • cannot play music — requires at least one Sonos player
Reviews

Sonos BOOST Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(58 Reviews)

Sonos Boost & Player 3's are music to my ears

RonDawg from Oklahoma on 2/19/2017

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Frankly, I'm not big on writing reviews. However, I'm making an exception in this case. I recently picked up a couple of Sonos Player 3 speakers and decided to order the Boost instead of using the WiFi for the system. My Crutchfield account rep answered all my questions about the Boost and then some. I received the merchandise when promised and the set up was very easy. For a couple of small speakers, the Player 3's sound great with the dedicated Sonos Boost. Playing tunes on my iPad or picking a radio station from points across the globe is incredibly easy. I set up the two speakers in stereo in my master bedroom and they fill the room with clean, clear sound...including solid bass, mids and higher frequencies. A little over a week with this system has reignited my listening and just how easy you can choose what source you want.

Pros: Easy set up and great sound.

Cons: None so far.

Sonos Boost

Mitchell from Atlanta, GA on 2/16/2017

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I never had a problem with the old my old Bridge model, so I'm not 100% sure the Boost is that much of an improvement.

Pros: Works as designed.

Cons: Price is way too high.

Boost easy set up

ziggydmon from Palm Beach Gardens, FL on 1/9/2017

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Easy set up. I haven't had a problem since installing it a few days ago. Instructions are simple to follow.

Pros: Simple set up

Cons: Bright white continuous light

Sonos BOOST

Joaquin from Guaynabo, PR on 1/2/2017

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Excellent product to help extend wifi signal.

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Sonos BOOST

Anonymous from Gwynedd pa on 1/1/2017

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I have no signal dropped since I added the booster.

Pros: None

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Works Perfectly

John from Rexford, NY on 12/28/2016

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I'm new to Sonos and starting out with them. I have strong wifi begin with, but wanted to take no chances after wrestling for way too many hours with an Apple Air Play that never really achieved complete stability. So, I went for a BOOST to go with my new Play speakers Hooked up the BOOST, set it up in minutes, and have not touched it since. Running a Play5 and two Play1s since Christmas without a single glitch. Latency is better too. Sonos costs more, but in my mind, these guys have absolutely nailed it. I will be adding to my system every chance I get.

Pros: Reliable, no glitching or drops Easy setup

Cons: None

Sonos BOOST

Sunil from Cary, NC on 12/8/2016

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Always amazing!

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Sonos BOOST

Anonymous from Reedville, VA on 9/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cannot asses the effectiveness of the SONOS Boost with our Play 5 speaker as I haven't tried without the Boost installed. However, previously while streaming on my computer, I had often experienced brief blackouts which have only occurred once on the Play5 with the Boost. Very easy to set up.

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A Boost to Any Sonos System

Larry from Cornelius, NC on 8/30/2016

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We have lots of devices in our house. The BOOST keeps the music on a dedicated wireless network so that our devices don't interfere with our music and sound. Set up takes but a few minutes.

Pros: - Easy to set up - Works as advertised

Cons: - None

Works

Matt from Hillsborough, NC on 7/24/2016

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As far as I can tell this works perfectly. Easy setup as with other Sonos products. I have not had any noticed any bandwidth loss when playing music. Also have not had any connectivity issues since we added the Boost. Range does not seem great and I still had to add a outdoor range extender to be able to use the app around the yard. Good stuff though since this sits within range of all Sonos products.

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Cons: Limited range in my house.

Great gear

Jeff from Norfolk va on 7/2/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sonis boost us fantastic. I was previously using apple play with Philip wireless speakers. They would regularly disconnect. No problem with sonos boost. Play 1 Speakers play throughout house effortlessly. Wish I had converted sooner.

Pros: Set up your own do is network b

Cons: Nobe

Sonos BOOST

David from Claremont, NH on 5/1/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought this as part of a Sonos system; sound bar, Boost and two Play 1 speakers. Fantastic sound and could not be more satisfied. Did have some installation problems and spent several hours on the phone with tech support. Problem turned out to be my router was not working properly. Replaced router and everything worked as it should. I think the Sonos product is sensational and the same for Crutchfield tech support!

Pros: Fantastic sound

Cons: A little pricey

Sonos Boost!

Matthew from howell, MI on 3/17/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

We were having some connectivity issues in the far reaches of our home until we bought this. Now everything is great. Thank you Sonos and Crutchfield. Very easy to hook up, took no time at all.

Pros: Great connectivity, easy set up

Cons: None

Sonos BOOST

Anonymous from bellevue, WA on 3/1/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply put - it just works. We bought two Play: 3 speakers and connected them with Boost to create a mesh network that pulls directly from our NAS where we have all of our music shared. We do have an area that gets weak wifi, but haven't had a problem using Boost.

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Works better than standard

KK from Maryland on 12/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked and started fine. Needed to update all my devices and still needed to bring some of them in the same room to connect the first time. beyond that all worked great and the system is much more stable.

Pros: more stable

Cons: needed to bring components into same room to reset the system

BOOST - love it

Peg from Los Angeles, California on 11/5/2015

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The Boost was so easy to set up. But the best part is that I have a strong signal and haven't experienced any drop outs.

Pros: Small Easy set up

Cons: none so far

Improvement for Us

ChrisB from Seattle, Washington on 11/5/2015

We have a relatively large house (5000 square feet) plus a large garage and a separate guest house. We have two play5s, three play1s, and three connectAMPs that play through stereo systems throughout the house. Previously, we used about 4-5 of the old Bridge devices to cover the whole property. We replaced all that with a single boost. From some of the other comments here, it is clear that if you are living in an apartment, you don't need the boost. But if you are in a larger home, this is the way to go.

Pros: Does the work of a bunch of the old Bridges.

Cons: None

Sonos Boost

Gerry C from New York on 10/20/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product does Not work as advertised/promoted. Supposedly Boost sets up a separate wireless path for Sonos which will reduce/eliminate occasional drop outs. In actuality, it appears to be no more than an overpriced replacement for the Bridge which apparently Sonos realized was an inadequate product. Despite several on line and verbal discussions with Sonos personnel; the submission of specifications, and the removal/replacement of several pieces of equipment which could potentially cause interference....the drop outs continue even after re installing the Bridge as per Sonos advice. Better to buy a wi fi extender for the router as I have done in another venue . This is a far better resolution of the problem. Additionally, the set up instructions are most confusing. Once you understand them (after talking with Sonos tech people,) it is rather easy to set up. Bottom line : No better than the Bridge

Pros: Compact clean design

Cons: Apart from the fact it is over priced and doesn't work as advertised; the set up instructions are confusing and not at all helpful

Sonos Boost

HarryM from Myrtle Beach,South Carolina on 10/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions could have been clearer when attaching to network, never did instructions clarify boost is the same as a speaker

Pros: Small, nice profile

Cons: Instructions vague

Good safety net

Paul C from Fairhope, Alabama on 9/19/2015

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Although Sonos says you no longer have to have a Boost to set up your system they advise you to add one if your system isn't robust in all areas of your home. Mi have sketchy coverage in the far reaches of my home but we've had no issues with connectivity with the Boost. Setup was unbelievably simple.

Pros: Easy set up with a strong signal

Cons: Cost a bit high.

Sonos Boost

JWM from North Carolina on 9/8/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised. Purchased this to create a separate wireless network for all of our Sonos devices (Connect Amp, Play3, and two Play1's) at home and have noticed better performance all around.

Pros: Creates separate network for Sonos devices

Cons: Price - essentially the same cost as another router. Would be nice if this was in the $50 range

Sonos Boost

Steve M from Mill Valley, CA on 7/31/2015

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great product

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Power in a small package

BobS from Oregon on 7/24/2015

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Moved my Sonos 5's into a large house with the router stuck in the basement. Was concerned that the wi-fi signal would not carry from there to the 3rd floor and then the first floor kitchen. It was as though the router was sitting next to each speaker. Flawless performance, no skips, lags or silences. A great product!!

Pros: Small, easy to set up, powerful.

Cons: None

SONOS Boost

Emil from Connecticut on 7/13/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent equipment and reception. No more interference or fading to zero music.

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A Step Up From Bridge

Ed from Arizona on 6/23/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've had my current Sonos system for about five years with small pieces added here and there. One of the issues has always been channel separation issue and the bridge as the primary conduit is a big part of the connection. The boost has eliminated almost all problems associated with channel interference and connection. Sonos software upgrades have also improved the overall stability and working capability. I've got 7 S5s, 2 subwoofers, 1 S3, 1 stereo connect and I can't be more pleased with this wireless system.

Pros: - No channel interference - Clear signal to all other components

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Sonos boost and play 5 speakers

MikeF from Snellville GA on 6/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What a delightful product and what a delightful company to deal with. You plug it all in, download an app and play music. The Crutchfield team answered a few questions without any drama and it was up in 20 minutes. It is so very nice in today's day and age to get what you pay for and to get to deal with a company that truly cares about there customers!

Pros: Great sounding speakers, easy to install, easy to use

Cons: I need to buy more speakers for other rooms!

works

Mark from Wash DC on 5/24/2015

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Since it was fairly inexpensive, I opted to get this from the start and not see how my home wifi system would manage the Sonos system. Set up was easy..plugged into my router upstairs, connect and speakers are downstairs. So far so good.

Pros: Easy to set up and working well; inexpensive

Cons: none

Sonos Boost

Donna from Virginia on 5/21/2015

This item makes my sirius xm radio experience better than ever. No static, no loss of connection, I love it!

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Cons: I didn't purchase it sooner!

Made My Sonos System Better

Melanie from Virginia on 5/3/2015

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I live in a small apartment, with Sonos Connect/my stereo and my computer in the same room. I had been struggling with drops in bandwidth/buffering speed as well as disruptions when I used my microwave oven. Sonos BOOST has eliminated all of these problems. It transmits on a frequency that is not subject to microwave interference. Further, it seems to be able to provide more stability and to "even out" the bandwidth/speed so that the buffering from music streaming applications (TIDAL, Deezer Elite, etc) and my hard drive works properly. My Sonos system is now perfect! A highly useful investment to go along with my Sonos Connect. I wish that I'd bought both at the same time, but better late than never!

Pros: Eliminates disruptions caused by microwave oven use. Improves buffering - no more "network speed is insufficient to play" error messages.

Cons: None, though SONOS might do more to explain that this device will be useful even if every piece of equipment is in the same room.

Sonos system

Chuck S from Cypress, Texas on 4/10/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased the Sonos boost with a Play3, a Play5, a ConnectAmp and a Connect. I spent a considerable amount of time with two different Crutchfield advisors discussing what we wanted in connectivity for music playing. I included the Sonos Boost because I have dead wifi spots in my house. I use a NetGear Powerline device to get the internet connection to the Sonos Boost. The Sonos system is very easy to set up. We have the app on both iPhones and on my wife's iPad. We do find the iPad easier to use because the app uses the screen area well. My wife simply picks up one of the players and takes it where she wants it. After plugging it into the power, it is ready to go and play her music from her iPhone. We gave each Sonos player a distinctive name so it is easy to choose. I especially like the ConnectAmp which I use to drive a couple of speakers by the pool. We can choose which music we want to listen using any of our devices. I recommend the Sonos system to anyone who wants a simple way to listen to their music anywhere in the house or the yard. We have had any number of speaker boxes or little speakers that my wife would connect to her iPhone, but we never got the sound we wanted or the durability, for that matter. I am very pleased with the Sonos system.

Pros: Simple to set up and simple to use.

Cons: None so far.

Sonos Boost for WiFi

Den from Arizona on 3/13/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Sonos Boost is a great item if you think or high a poor Wi-Fi signal.

Pros: Easy setup, and works great.

Cons: Pricey

Sonos Boost

Sue from California on 3/8/2015

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I'm delighted with the Sonos system. I bought the boost and a Pay:3. We have very poor wireless in our house, so this boost seemed like a necessity. It was very easy to setup and get running. The sound is excellent and we've experienced no dropouts. I'll buy more components in the future. The service thru Crutchfield was great!

Pros: Easy setup. No dropouts in house with very poor wireless.

Cons: none

Great System

Anonymous from California on 3/6/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The system was easy to set up and I would highly recommend to anyone needed wireless sound system

Pros: Great system

Cons: none

Sonos Boost

JT from Powhatan,Va. on 2/28/2015

Came with sound bar, didn't know I needed that until I looked at the receipt. Easy to set up and no problems with it.

Pros: Easy set up

Cons: None

SONOS BOOST

Erik from Massachusetts on 2/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome

Pros: No issues. A friend had the system and I liked it and it was so easy to set up and later enjoy.

Cons: Cost

I Guess it Works

Investowiz from California on 2/4/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Strange heading, I know. The streaming sound through my SONOS playbar is flawless. Is it due to the Boost? I don't know. Should have done a "before and after" installation to see if there was any difference. (I have a pretty strong signal from from Apple WiFi setup). As I add additional speakers in other rooms I will know better just how terrific, or not, this device is. For now: 5 stars.

Pros: Now negatives so must be all "pros."

Cons: Can't detect any.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Ginny B from Cranberry Twp, PA on 1/25/2015

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I bought a Sonos BOOST and Sonos COnnect last week. We got it all connected this weekend and I am amazed at how easy the setup was. It works as explained and does just what I want it to. I am now streaming my Amazon, iTunes, Pandora, and I Heart Radio thru our component stereo speakers. I love the sound quality and the flexibility and ease of use. The Sonos equipment is a wonderful investment in our existing stereo equipment and has given new life to our 40+ year old speakers which are still going strong and playing wonderful sound.

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Hardware is great, software not so much

Marty from Georgia on 1/23/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased the Playbar, Sub and Boost for our living room TV. The sound is great, the subwoofer really rounds out the sound especially with movies and streaming music. Connectivity between Playbar, Sub and any streaming device has been good (no chopping or delays so far). From a sound and performance standpoint this gets 5 stars. Then why did I rate it at 3 stars? Because the Sonos 'app' is terrible. I have a fairly complex wireless setup in my home in order to support multiple subnets for work. I bought the Boost in order to segregate the Sonos network and avoid bandwidth issues. During setup the app was very frustrating, because if it doesn't find the Sonos network immediately, it dumps you to a 'not found' screen and the only option is to back out and try connecting again. The only way I have found to get the app to find my Sonos network again is to completely delete it from my device and reload it. If you are just purchasing the hardware to enhance the sound from your TV and can get the app to find your Sonos network for initial setup, you should be fine. If you are counting on the app to use your device to stream music or other audio sources, don't count on the app itself to provide any type of debugging functionality other than to suggest that your network is the issue. Also, make sure you read the specs carefully regarding WiFi compatibility. Many of the advanced security options are not supported by these devices.

Pros: Great sound, Looks good, easy physical setup, expandability, streaming music (when able to connect)

Cons: Can be difficult to configure on WiFi unless everything is 'just right'. Overly simplified app loses connectivity often and has no debugging logic built in.

Sonos Boost

Dtownboys from Downingtown, PA on 1/14/2015

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Very easy to set up. Works as advertised.

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sonos boost

Mike from Drexel Hill, PA on 1/13/2015

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Sonos boost is awesome. This little device is work through my home network to increase the signal for my sonos system. Now the speakers work through out the house with no dropping. I love sonos wirless speaker, it is the best system out there.

Pros: App works well and allows me to get my music when and where I want.

Cons: Non

So far, perfect!

ChrisM from Silver Spring, MD on 1/12/2015

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I have 4 stories in my house and my wifi (even with a time capsule putting out N wireless) doesn't reach everywhere. I bought the boost hoping it would reach all levels of the house. So far, it is awesome. Haven't had a single skip or stutter in any form of listening. Set up was simple too.

Pros: Easy to set up, far reaching sound throughout large home.

Cons: None.

sonos boost

otoole from Florida on 1/11/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

required segment if subwoofer is to be added to your total audio experience

Pros: Great product

Cons: none

Quick & Easy Set Up

Nick V from Connecticut on 1/10/2015

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Quick & Easy to set up the Boost with my existing wifi network.

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This is what you need

MrBee from Nevada on 1/8/2015

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Sonos should give us all a refund for the crappy bridge that most of us originally bought for our systems. The boost actually works.

Pros: Works

Cons: N/A

Works as advertised

craig from Los Angeles, CA on 1/5/2015

The Boost worked exactly as described and we have great sounds throughout the house

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Boost is a valuable component

Rickwil from Massachusetts on 1/3/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed two Connect units and two Play 1s. With the holiday gift cards, I was able to add a Boost to the system for free, and this enabled a surround configuration in our TV room with the Playbar we had and the Bass unit which needed the Boost to function. I placed the Connects in the AV room farthest from the Verizon router, and they work perfectly.

Pros: Enhanced existing WiFi by enabling surround in one room (which I understand Bridge would also do), and extending the reach of the proprietary network.

Cons: None. Sonos is seldom discounted, and getting any price break is kind of a victory. The product is superior.

boost

Richard from California on 1/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy to set up - 2 minutes from box to network.

Pros: Easy install.

Cons: None.

Great product

Dave T from Port Ludlow, WA on 12/29/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Exactly as advertised. This is the foundation for our new audio system.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: None

Too easy, others take note!!!

MattG from Colorado on 12/27/2014

I've been saving up for a Sonos setup for a while now. I was a little bit hesitant to purchase because I figured it was probably one of those products where the marketing folks over promised and made it look better than it was. I finally ordered my Boost and Sonos:1. I was Literally, listening to music is less than 10 minutes. This was by far the best product I have purchased in 2014. On top of that, the 1 has really good sound. There are equalizer adjustments which you can use to tweek for your room, but mine was great out of the box. I've already got plans to order another 1 and a 5 to add to the system.

Pros: Easy setup. Great sound.

Cons: I cannot figure out how to set the Sonos app for my phone to not take over the background. I'm not saying it cannot be done, I just haven't figure out how to do it. I'm sure a call to Crutchfield would solve my issue though. :-)

Sonos BOOST

S from New Jersey on 12/24/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to set up.

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Cons: None so far.

Great

Anonymous from Collierville, TN on 12/19/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As advertised.

Pros: Easy setup.

Cons: None

Sonos Boost

Exellent product from Caguas, PR on 12/17/2014

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Easy to install and efficient

Pros: You can located everywhere on the house and extend the signal perfect

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Boost

AlanH from Georgia on 12/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Boost was easy to set up. It is streaming to our PLAY:5 which sounds great.

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Love the Setup

RC from Virginia on 11/28/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The engineering of the SONOS design makes it so easy to setup and install. The directions are well written and easy to follow. Two or three minutes and your BOOST indicates it's connected and working.

Pros: 1. Small sizes of the SONOS components 2. Great full system sound

Cons: None

Great Improvement to network

MindyH from Florida on 11/17/2014

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I had purchased the bridge first and then this product was released. I was able to send the bridge back. The boost greatly improved my network and I was able to control everything from the patio. Also the network hasnt dropped out as much as it was with the bridge.

Pros: I have slowly been networking my entire house and Sonos has made it so easy to put music through out my entire house and have full control.

Cons: none I just love Sonos

Sonos BOOST

Anonymous from Connecticut on 11/16/2014

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I really do not notice any difference between this and the Bridge. My sonos connects all my audio equipment, most of it high end. I have a large house with a long distance from my router to my bedroom. The sound quality is the same.

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Huge improvement over Bridge

cs from Salt Lake City on 11/15/2014

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This is a huge improvement over the Bridge for the Sonos system. I was having an issue with a speaker some 70 feet away from the Bridge. The new Boost took care of that. Everything works great. Much stronger signal from this unit.

Pros: Increases long runs on the Sonos System. Really works great.

Cons: None

Great Product

L from Centerville, OH on 11/15/2014

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This device is perfect for extending HiFi coverage. My current WiFi has trouble reaching the location of my SONOS equipment, the Boost provides more than enough coverage. Very happy

Pros: Easy to set up! It seems to have no problems with other WiFi interference. The coverage is great.

Cons: The price. I would give it 5 stars if the price point was lower, however I still purchased the item and feel it offers good value.

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Features

Sonos Boost: The Sonos Boost can be used to connect a Sonos Digital Music System to your home network, extend the wireless range of your existing Sonos Digital Music System, or create a Sonos home theater system. The Boost allows all your Sonos devices (sold separately) to work wirelessly and flawlessly throughout your entire home. Even though Sonos can work over WiFi there are benefits to adding the Sonos Boost to your Sonos wireless system.

  • Your WiFi network may already be in high demand with streaming video, gaming, and web surfing. By connecting the Sonos Boost to your router you'll establish a separate wireless network (SonosNet) exclusively for your all your Sonos devices, so you get a more reliable and secure wireless experience.
  • If you are already using the dedicated SonosNet mesh wireless network and you have a very large area to cover or there are a lot of obstructions like walls and ceilings, you can further strengthen the system's wireless performance by incorporating additional Boosts throughout your home between your Sonos components. 
  • The Boost also lets you create an immersive wireless surround sound experience that is easy to set up and control. Simply connect the Boost to your network router and you'll be able to wirelessly connect the Sonos SUB and a pair of PLAY:1 or PLAY:3 rear speakers to the Sonos PLAYBAR (all sold separately) for a wireless home theater setup.
Note: This unit is not a stand-alone device and requires at least one Sonos Play, Connect, or Amp device (all sold separately). 

SonosNet Secure Wireless Mesh Network: The Sonos Boost makes setting up your wireless Sonos system fast and easy by simply connecting the Boost to your router to instantly activate the SonosNet secure wireless mesh network. Not only does the BOOST create a reliable dedicated wireless network for your Sonos system, but it also offers additional benefits such as greater wireless range, more uniform wireless coverage, and advanced interference rejection.

Simple Setup: The Boost has two Ethernet jacks on the back panel, so its easy to connect your network router directly to the Boost. The Boost connects to your router using a standard Ethernet cable connection (2-port switch, 10/100Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX). Then, a simple press of the button located on top of the Boost will start SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network that enables other Sonos products to control and play music wirelessly. The second Ethernet port let you run an Ethernet cable from Boost to your computer or NAS drive, so you can listen to your computer's or NAS music library through your entire Sonos wireless system. 

System Flexibility: Once you've set up your Boost, you can easily add more Sonos components anytime. If your home has structured (built-in) wiring, you can make a wired connection to additional Sonos devices. If you don't have structured wiring, you can take advantage of Sonos' built-in wireless technology. The Boost provides flexibility to place your Sonos components in any room of the house and connect them all wirelessly.

Range Expansion: You can extend the range of the SonosNet Secure wireless network and stream music wirelessly to a remote location by placing an additional Boost between your Sonos component in that remote location and the rest of your Sonos system. The Boost has three wireless antennae broadcasting 360-degree signals through walls and ceilings for flawless coverage even to the most remote room in your home.

Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:

  • High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
  • If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your home network. If you don't have a router, you will need to purchase and install one before setting up your system.
  • If you are going to use a Sonos controller application on an Android smartphone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other tablet, you will need a wireless router in your home network.
  • Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly. Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire connection.
  • For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library collection to your home network router using an Ethernet cable.
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS. Click here for a list of networking equipment that is incompatible with Sonos; be aware that the majority of this list is made up of older networking equipment, but may still exist as part of a home network.

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Why did you buy this?

Tried a system that used this and the sound quality as well as overall operation was excellent! [ Frank  Feb 18, 2017 ]
I want insurance of a good wifi signal when streaming music. [ Eric  Feb 01, 2017 ]
add to existing system [ Marc  Jan 28, 2017 ]
I tried the Sonos Playbar and Sub on our home wifi router, but had difficulty connecting due to many devices (computers, tv, tablets and phones) already on the wifi. The Boost solved all of this allowing the Sonos speakers to function without additional wifi traffic. [ DONALD J  Jan 15, 2017 ]
Have the Sonos 1 speaker but unable to listen to music anywhere else in the house because that has to stay hook up to the modem [ Tammy  Jan 14, 2017 ]
To provide a better signal to Sonos speakers across the house. [ Steven  Dec 23, 2016 ]
To improve the WIFI signal and be able to listen to music wirelessly without interruptions. [ Joaquin  Dec 18, 2016 ]
I already own one Sonos speaker and have experienced drops, so I decided to get their Boost module which is supposed to create a dedicated connection. Hopefully this will eliminate the drops. [ James  Dec 14, 2016 ]
we will be placing speakers up and down stairs and want to make sure we get great reception [ James  Dec 10, 2016 ]
to extend my wifi to reach a room too far away [ KATHRYN  Dec 07, 2016 ]
Bridge did not reach all rooms in my house. [ PHILIP  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Less strain on my wireless network [ Stephen  Jun 27, 2016 ]
To keep the Sonos speakers separate from my WI FI [ Richard  Jun 25, 2016 ]
Great addition to a whole house Sonos system. [ DJ Patrick  Jun 15, 2016 ]
I wanted to leave my wireless network free of the Sonos traffic. [ AVI  Jun 11, 2016 ]
Recommendation from friends who have Sonos; customer reviews [ Lewis  Jun 09, 2016 ]
Big house. [ Robert  Jun 02, 2016 ]
Needed to create a Sonos network to cover the entire area of house and outside by pool [ James S.  May 31, 2016 ]
have one at work - love it [ laurie  May 31, 2016 ]
Large house [ Bradley  May 24, 2016 ]
Sets up system on dedicated wifi system [ DONALD  May 04, 2016 ]
Stronger signal, no need for a speaker at my router [ Kurt  Mar 12, 2016 ]
current customer-needed for additional location [ PATRICK  Feb 23, 2016 ]
Tony suggested the system to me and then I found out that two of the people I work with also have a Sonos system. Tony's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=69 [ Lawrence  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Boost will insure a solid Wi-Fi connection for Sonos throughout a home. [ Bill  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Sonos Bridge needs replacing. [ K  Jan 26, 2016 ]
This was a replacement for an original Sonos bridge purchased over six years ago. The new system works flawlessly and has no signal drop off within my house. [ Edward  Jan 17, 2016 ]
LOVE MY SONUS [ SAMUEL A  Jan 13, 2016 ]
Was having problems with my Wi-Fi connection. [ Lonnie  Jan 11, 2016 ]
I LOVE Sonos stuff! [ Cafe Then  Dec 21, 2015 ]
I did not realize my two new SONOS speakers (PLAY1 purchased from Crutchfield, just 3-days ago) had to be permanently hard wired to my router. That fact could have been made more clear. I thought both of my the SONOS PLAY1 speakers would play through my home wireless network. I ended up purchasing the $99 SONOS Boost to help solve that issue. [ Justin  Dec 19, 2015 ]
Instead of taxing the WiFi set-up for this wireless music system, I wanted to set up an independent network. This new model is very reliable. [ Seyf  Dec 14, 2015 ]
better connectivity to device [ Amy  Dec 14, 2015 ]
The SONOS music system is by far the best portable sound system available today. The sound will blow you away. The SONOS boost connects to your modem and provides a wi-fi network for your SONOS speakers without using valuable bandwidth on your home wi-fi network. [ Howard  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Was recommended to me by a friend that is very well educated in electronics. [ HUBERT  Dec 10, 2015 ]
I have weak WiFi [ Doug  Dec 08, 2015 ]
recommended by advisor based on our internet situation [ JEFFREY A  Dec 05, 2015 ]
I already have a bridge but want the extra signal the Boost will give my system. [ Michael  Dec 04, 2015 ]

7 questions already asked

No. I use boost to increase my coverage, I have week signals around my backyard and boost helps increase signal strength around my backyard where I have a sound bar.. it works great for my need. [ DAVID  Nov 27, 2016 ]
William, the the answer is no. I replaced my Sonos bridge with a Boost a couple of years ago and it improved the wireless signal significantly. No other products are needed. [ Anthony  Oct 01, 2016 ]
No, just hook up the Boost to your router. Make sure you have a good router. From there, download the apps and set up your speakers. [ Cory  Sep 30, 2016 ]
No. Once the Boost is connected to the router, all Sonos connections to it are wireless as with the Sonos Bridge. Just more powerful than Bridge. [ Russell  Sep 30, 2016 ]
Boost is the only component physically connected to my router. Everything else is wireless and generally connects great. [ Michael J.  Sep 30, 2016 ]
I set my Boost up in a room near my back patio so that I could move my Sonos speakers out there from time to time. No ethernet cable needed and it solved my signal issues. [ JOHN M  Sep 30, 2016 ]
I am not aware of any battery in a sonos boost. The boost plugs in to an outlet and your network. [ Peter  May 22, 2016 ]
There is no battery, it plugs in. [ Cory  May 21, 2016 ]
There are no batteries in a Sonos Boost to my knowledge. [ Russell  May 21, 2016 ]
There is no battery in the Boost to replace . [ DAVID  May 21, 2016 ]
Yes you can. I use a Sonos Amp to power my outdoor speakers. [ DAVID  Mar 08, 2016 ]
Yes that is exactly what the Sonos amp is for. I have one and it drives my outdoor speakers. If this is your first Sonos purchase just be aware one of the Sonos devices must be connected directly to your internet router. Note:that is how it use to be unless they have figured out how to go completely wireless. I know they were working on that. If you do need a wired connection buy the bridge. it is about 50 bucks and does the job. I can tell you are going to love Sonus. it is so easy and great. I use mine all the time. Good luck. [ Peter  Mar 08, 2016 ]
Assuming the speakers are in wall, yes. I bought the amp and hooked it up to existing speakers and it worked well. You need to watch how many speakers you are trying to rum off the amp as it does have limitations on how many speakers it can push. [ Cory  Mar 08, 2016 ]
Yes. [ Russell  Mar 08, 2016 ]
what kind of existing speakers? [ Mark A.  Mar 08, 2016 ]
Thank you Cory [ Sharon  Jan 13, 2015 ]
Thank you Robert. Will do, Sharon [ Sharon  Jan 13, 2015 ]
Hi Sharon, I am not familiar with the Polk system. The boost does work for the Sonos system and has made my connections much more reliable throughout the house. I recommend contacting Polk or Sonos support before purchasing. [ Robert L. Block  Jan 12, 2015 ]
Sharon: I don't know. Give sonos a call they are great and knowelegable. [ Cory  Jan 12, 2015 ]
Thanks for feedback! [ Sharon  Jan 12, 2015 ]
The boost works only with sonos equipment as it works on its own propitary mesh network which communicates with sonos equipment only .It does work nicely for the sonos products. [ Donavan  Jan 12, 2015 ]
The Boost works with Sonos wireless speaker products only. [ John  Jan 12, 2015 ]
Sharon, My Sonos boost works with my Bose surround system and my new Sonos system , but I also got the Connect that makes everything work together [ MARIA  Jan 12, 2015 ]
OK, Thanks Marc [ Sharon  Jan 12, 2015 ]
OK, Thanks [ Sharon  Jan 12, 2015 ]
I believe it only works with Sonos speakers and amps. [ Craig  Jan 12, 2015 ]
I don't believe so, Pretty sure everything Sonos is proprietary. [ Marc  Jan 12, 2015 ]
no [ Michael  Jan 12, 2015 ]
I gave this as a (specifically)requested gift, so I don't have an answerr for you. Did you e-mail Sonos? [ patricia  Jan 12, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Oct 24, 2014 ]  Staff
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