Switch Sonos between a wireless and wired setup

Your Sonos system can be configured in either a wireless or wired setup. This article will show you how to switch from one configuration to another. If you’re unsure of which setup is best for your system, see our article on choosing between a wireless and wired setup for more information.


Switch to a wired setup

Connecting one of your Sonos products to your router with an Ethernet cable will put your system into a wired setup. In a wired setup, the wired product will broadcast a dedicated wireless network that your Sonos products will use. A Sub, Sub Mini, or surround speaker cannot be used as the single wired product.

  1. Make sure that the product you plan to wire to the router has already been added to your Sonos system. If the product is brand new, add it to your system first using the steps in our article on adding new products to existing systems.
  2. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to your Sonos product, then connect the other end to your router. You should hear a “click” when it is fully connected to the Ethernet port.
  3. Some of your products may disappear from the Sonos app as they connect to the newly created Sonos network. Wait about one minute for all your products to appear in the Rooms tab. If any of your products do not reappear in the Sonos app, reboot each missing product, and wait an additional minute for them to power on and connect to the Sonos wireless network.


Switch to a wireless setup

You can switch from a wired to a wireless configuration by connecting your Sonos products to your Wi-Fi network.


Sonos S2 app

  1. Open the Sonos S2 app for iOS or Android.
  2. From the Settings tab, press System > Network > Manage Networks.
  3. Press Update Networks and follow the prompts to connect Sonos to your Wi-Fi network.
  4. Once the wireless setup is complete, disconnect the Ethernet cable from any Sonos products wired to your router.


Sonos S1 Controller app

  1. Open the Sonos S1 Controller app for iOS or Android.
  2. From the Settings tab, press System > Network > Wireless Setup and follow the prompts to enter your Wi-Fi password.
  3. Once the wireless setup is complete, disconnect the Ethernet cable from any Sonos products wired to your router.


Check if Sonos is in a wireless or wired setup

See our article on checking if your system is in a wireless or wired setup to verify the above steps were successful. Note that Sonos Move can’t connect to the dedicated Sonos network and will remain connected to your Wi-Fi network in a wired setup.

Still need help?

Our technicians can help over the phone or with a live chat. You can also ask questions and find answers with other Sonos owners in our Sonos Community.