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Limited wireless range,
This review is from: SONOS BRIDGE Instant Set-up Solution for SONOS Wireless Network (BR100) (Electronics)
I bought a bridge and a player in order to play my iTunes music library from my computer (which is in a basement office) to powered speakers set up on our outdoor patio. The actual distance between the bridge/router and the player is maybe 30 meters but I live in Switzerland where houses typically have brick or concrete internal walls. The wireless signal reached the outdoor player at first but dropped out after a few minutes. After that, the player couldn't be located on the system. I tried moving it around to places where it might better "see" the signal but with no effect. I brought it inside to the living room and it worked only if the player was right beside an open door. Here the distance from the bridge is maybe 20 meters. If I put it beside my stereo in order to use my stereo's speakers, it's invisible, I assume because the stereo is in a corner of the room that creates a "shadow" where the wireless can't reach. So I guess I'll have to wire up a network connection to the player and forget about the wireless, which is why I bought the system in the first place.
Also, to connect computer speakers to a Sonos player requires a special cinch adapter that you need to buy separately. That was not really explained anywhere on the website.
After reading a lot of the positive reviews and visiting the company website, I was under the impression that the Sonos wireless system was somehow more powerful than the wireless signal in my existing system. But I would say it's actually a weaker signal, since I can easily use my laptop wirelessly on my balcony but the Sonos system doesn't transmit that far.
So take all the "easiest to use" stuff with a grain of salt. Once again, if you're not a real techie, these solutions are rarely as easy to use as many claim, in my opinion. And to those hoping to have wireless connectivity in a building with thick walls, be forewarned that you may need to invest additional money either in an extra bridge unit or forget about wireless and go for a wired solution using network cables.