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Connect to your router for easy wireless operation with your Sonos system
Our take on the Sonos® BRIDGE by Crutchfield's Amanda P.
The Sonos BRIDGE is an easy, cost-effective way to expand your Sonos Music System. This tiny device connects to your router, allowing you to use any of your Sonos music players wirelessly, anywhere in your home. By creating a dedicated wireless network for Sonos, it offers more stable performance than using a Wi-Fi® connection for your Sonos speakers. It's a great way to ensure you can enjoy more music in more rooms throughout your home.
Improve the range of your Sonos system
The Bridge also lets you extend the range of your Sonos system. Just place a Bridge between a player in your system and the new area where you'd like to listen, such as a detached garage, for example. Or enjoy your music on outdoor speakers — easily control a player located indoors from your pool on the far side of your yard.
Expand your Sonos system
You can have up to 32 Sonos music players in your system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.
Easy set up, great app that manages your whole home sound
CoryO, Salt Lake City, Utah
What's in the Box:
- Sonos Bridge
- AC adapter with 6' DC cord
- 59" Ethernet cable
- "Set It Up" Guide
- Important Product Information booklet
- communicates with other players via proprietary Sonos wireless technology, or wired Ethernet connections
- connects to your router, allowing Sonos music players in your system to operate wirelessly
- automatic wireless setup
- 2-port Ethernet switch
- 4-3/8"W x 1-11/16"H x 5-5/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- cannot play music requires at least one Sonos player
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Overview: The Sonos Bridge is used to connect a Sonos Digital Music System to your home network or to extend the wireless range of your existing Sonos Digital Music System. The Sonos Bridge makes setting up your wireless Sonos system fast and easy by simply connecting the Bridge to your router to instantly activate SonosNet (a secure wireless mesh network). All your Sonos players (Connect, Connect:Amp, Play:3, Play:5, and Play:1) will work wirelessly and can be placed anywhere in your home. Although the Bridge doesn't play music like a Sonos player, it's an effective way to extend the range of your Sonos system and expand the Controller's wireless coverage. It's also a way to connect other products to the Internet.
Note: This unit is not a stand-alone device and requires at least one Sonos player (Connect, Connect:Amp, Play:3, Play:5, or Play:1 device)
Instant Wired/Wireless Setup: The Bridge 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 Bridge will start SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network that enables other Sonos products to control and play music wirelessly.
System Flexibility: Once you've set up your Bridge, you can easily add components anytime. If your home has structured (built-in) wiring, you can make a wired connection to additional Sonos players or Bridges. If you don't have structured wiring, you can take advantage of Sonos' built-in wireless technology. The Bridge provides flexibility to place your Sonos players in any room of the house and connect them all wirelessly.
Ethernet Ports: The Bridge has two Ethernet jacks on the back to bring standard Internet connectivity to your set-top box, PC, Game Console or NAS drive.
Range Expansion: You can stream music wirelessly to a remote location by placing a Bridge between your Sonos player in a remote location and the rest of your Sonos system. You can also improve Controller access to SonosNet by placing the Bridge in areas where wireless coverage needs a boost. The Bridge is ideal for retrofits, where your Sonos players might be in one location instead of being placed throughout 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 may 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.
- 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.
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3 questions already asked
25 yards [ PETER C Aug 16, 2014 ]
Ir can be but a speaker will act Like a bridge. So if the speaker is 50 ft from the bridge put another speaker in between. [ YADIRA Aug 15, 2014 ]
My situation has the bridge and a Sonos Connect device located around 70-80 feet apart. If you look at Sonos' literature, their claim for range is for an "average" distance of 50-60 feet, such that they are likely conservative. If you just get online and do a Google search using something like "Sonos Bridge Range", you'll find several articles that address the subject. Sonos does mention that you can use another Bridge to extend their range, if necessary. If it goes like activating the Connect device, that takes a couple of clicks to do. [ MAURICE Aug 15, 2014 ]
Hi Ken- Your answer is technical in nature and my input can only be circumstantial, that is to say based on my experience. If you contact SONOS they will answer any question you may have as they have done for me. [ ARNOLD J Aug 14, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Sonos Play 1 (or any other Sonos player, for that matter) can't be connected directly to a router, however, you can purchase the Sonos Bridge and connect the Bridge into the router. The Bridge will then send the wireless audio signals to the Sonos Play 1. And, yes, the Sonos player has to be plugged in for power. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jun 11, 2014 ] Staff
Mary R, I have a SONOS BRIDGE connected to my ONKYO TX-SR605 receiver in my Family Room that outputs through seven (7) speakers [i.e. center, two front, two surround, two rear & subwoofer] and it works fine. I'm considering buying another SONOS BRIDGE to connect to my ONKYO TX-NR808 receiver in my basement which is wired to a different set of seven (7) speakers. The main system is a SONOS PLAY 5 system in the master bedroom. Hope this helps. Lindsey [ LINDSEY S Dec 27, 2013 ]
Mary: Yes, you only need one Bridge that you will connect off of your router. From ther you can link up multiple speakers (I currently have three and will be adding a fourth) off of that one Bridge. Hope that helps. [ CURT Dec 17, 2013 ]
one bridge, I hope you have better luck then I had. I spent a totall of 4.5 hours ovev 3 days with their teck and we could not get Sonos to work on my PC. I will unfortunately be sending it back to Crutchfield. Good Luck [ ANTHONY J Dec 13, 2013 ]
Only one bridge is necessary [ LAURIE S Dec 11, 2013 ]
Yes just one, I have one with 4 speakers and works great. [ YADIRA Dec 11, 2013 ]
Yes, only one is needed. But not if you have a Playbar. That will replace the Bridge. If you don't have a playbar, you will need just one. And that has to be hard wired to your dsl or wireless modem. It should have a eithernet port on it. An eithernet cable is included with the bridge. And you must download the sonos app onto a smart phone or tablet. That is your remote control. At the moment Sonus is giving way bridges with each speaker. So I have extras, they sit in my closet. [ JOHN Dec 11, 2013 ]
Hi Mary. Yes. [ DAVID Dec 11, 2013 ]
We only use one Bridge hardwired our wireless router for a very large, old farm house with a five speaker set-up. Suppose you might need another to boost the signal if you have a huge area to cover; I would test before investing in another Bridge. We do have a second Bridge in another building on our property about 150 feet from the house. There was no way to put a Bridge between the house and the outbuilding so for that I ran an ethernet cable underground connected to the Sonos Connect in the house closest to that building...works like a charm. [ Thomas Dec 11, 2013 ]
I have a sound bar on my tv and a play 1 in my bed room both on one bridge. [ JOHN R Dec 11, 2013 ]
Most likely one will do the trick. One needs to be plugged into your router. As long as the speakers are not too far apart from each other and the bridge your fine with one. Each speaker is its own bridge. If for some reason they are placed far apart you may need another bridge as a jumper between the speakers or the base bridge [ PHILIP Dec 11, 2013 ]
Hi, I see you asked if you need more than one bridge for your Sonos components. I have nine Sonos pieces running on one bridge. That's all you should need. If one of your units is far away from the bridge, you may need to get an extender for your wi-fi. No big deal. As you will see, this is one incredible product. The sound is beyond words. Apple should buy this company! Enjoy! [ MARTIN S Dec 11, 2013 ]
My understanding is that Sonos needs one component hard-wired to your router (Ethernet) in order to create a wireless network for Sonos communications. I think any player (e.g., PLAY:5) or a BRIDGE can make this hard-wired connection. So if you don't want to (or can't) hard-wire a player unit, you can use a BRIDGE instead. The latter is my configuration; my PLAY:5 is not near an Ethernet location, but I was able to connect a BRIDGE to my router. The setup could NOT be easier, including the download of the controller app to Android phone and iPad. The system is brilliant, and I'm planning on buying additional PLAY:x units. Hope that helps -- good luck! [ LOUIS Dec 11, 2013 ]