The infrastructure requirements of Sonos wireless speakers have changed significantly over the past few months. While the users of the multiroom systems were still reliant on a Sonos bridge or at least one speaker a year ago, which was connected to the home network via a network cable, the loudspeakers can now simply be plugged into the Wi-Fi network.
Today, new Sonos speakers can be easily integrated into the existing W-Lan – individually or together – and need to be able to set up their music Wireless network no additional hardware.
The Sonos Bridge was also replaced by the Sonos Boost. A wireless base station that should provide an “even stronger and more stable network for streaming music even in the most challenging wireless environments.” The 99 € expensive 2nd generation bridge was launched in mid-October for € 99 and is available as an optional accessory.
But when are you worth it? the use of the Sonos Boost? A question that can be answered by the hidden “Network Matrix” of the Sonos speakers. Just make a note of the IP address of a Sonos speaker on the network (for example 192.168.1.100) and then open the address [EURE IP]: 1400 / support / review in your browser.
After clicking on the link labeled “Network Matrix” you should now see a network overview of all active Sonos speakers:
Here you can check the currently applied signal strengths. Green fields show a good signal connection, gray fields show Sonos modules that are not currently communicating wirelessly (eg wired units), yellow and red fields indicate rather bad radio connections.
Benoit Steiner, who discovered the hidden menu, gives tips on how to read the displayed values:
OFDM signal levels go from 0 to 5, where 5 is best and 0 is way too low to get a reliable connection. Noise floors are typically in the [-80 -110] range, where -110 is considered excellent and -80 bad.