Choose between a wireless and wired Sonos setup

Sonos can be configured in either a wireless or wired setup. This article will cover the differences between the two setups and provide recommendations for which setup best suits your system and home network. If you are switching between setups, see our article on switching between a wireless and wired setup for more information.

Wireless setup

In a wireless setup, your Sonos products connect to your home’s WiFi network, just like other wireless devices in your home (smartphones, tablets, computers, etc.).

In this wireless Sonos setup, the blue lines show how each wireless device (including Sonos) connects directly to the router’s WiFi network.

When to use a wireless setup

Use a wireless setup if you have a strong WiFi connection that reaches all the rooms where you want Sonos.

Wired setup

In a wired setup, at least one of your Sonos products will stay wired to the router with an Ethernet cable to create a dedicated wireless network specifically for your Sonos system. Additionally, your Sonos products will be able to pass the wireless signal to other Sonos products, which means it’s possible for Sonos to operate in a room that is beyond the reach of your WiFi.

In this wired Sonos setup, a Sonos One is wired to the router with an Ethernet cable. The red lines show the wireless connections between the other Sonos products on the separate, dedicated Sonos wireless network.

When to use a wired setup

Use a wired setup if your home WiFi network is slow, unreliable, does not meet our system requirements, or does not reach all the rooms where you want Sonos.

Still need help?

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