Sonos Setup Guide

This Sonos Setup guide will show you everything you need to know about getting started with the Sonos Music System. The install is fast and Easy. You can usually have your Sonos Players up and running in about 10 minutes. Be sure to read my full Sonos Review.

Here is a List of Sonos Setup Requirements

  1. High Speed Internet (DSL, Cable Internet, Fiber-Optic)
  2. DSL/Cable Modem (Usually supplied by your service provider)
  3. Router (I recommend a wireless router)
  4. At Least 1 Sonos Player
  5. Sonos Bridge (Optional, but recommended)

Sonos Setup Requirements Overview

Sonos utilizes your home’s high speed internet connection to deliver music to each place you have a zone in your house.

If you currently have internet in your home or office then it is probably a high speed connection. Examples of a high speed internet connection would be DSL, fiber-optic or cable internet. I am currently using a cable internet connection to run Sonos.

Your Home Network

You will need a router in place prior to setting up your system. A router is a home networking device that is used to connect different devices in your home to the internet. If you want to control your system with your iPad, iPhone, Android or other mobile device, then I recommend a wireless router.

You will also need a DSL/Cable Modem. The modem is usually supplied by your internet service provider when you get high speed internet.

Step 1 – Connect your Sonos Equipment

Option A (Without a SONOS BRIDGE)

If you aren’t going to use the Sonos Bridge, then you’ll need to connect a Sonos Player directly to your broadband router. You have to have at least 1 Player or Bridge connected to your router to create the SonosNet Wireless Network in your house.

Once you have at least 1 Player connected to your router, all of your other Sonos Players will work wirelessly. For example, let’s say you have a PLAY:5 and a PLAY:3. You could connect the PLAY: 3 to your router and use your PLAY:5 anywhere in the house…or vice versa.

The PLAY:3 connected to your router would create the needed SonosNet Wireless Network allowing the PLAY:5 to work anywhere. The downside to this configuration is that the PLAY:3 would be limited to location of your router.

Option B (Recommended)

The recommended installation would be to connect a Bridge directly to your router. The Bridge will create the SonosNet Wireless Network allowing you to put your Players anywhere you want.

The Sonos Bridge will create a very strong signal in your home. With this strong signal, you can even use your Players outside. You could easily take your PLAY:3 or PLAY:5 to your patio and they would still work.

Step 2 – Install the Software On Your Computer

After you have all your Sonos equipment connected and plugged in…the next step is to install the software on your computer or laptop.

After the software is installed, you will be prompted to add your first Sonos component to the system. You will need to start with the component connected to your router first.

So for example…if you have the Sonos Bridge connected to your router, you would add the Bridge first. Adding the Bridge to your system is simple. All you have to do is press the “Connect” button on the Bridge box and the software will automatically find and add it.

Once you’ve added the Sonos component that’s connected to your router, you can add more Sonos components one at a time in any order…All with a simple push of a button.

Step 3 – Choose A Controller

There are many options to choose from when it comes to controlling the music in your house.

You don’t need a dedicated controller for each room or zone.

You can control every location or zone from one Sonos Controller.

Here are the different controllers for Sonos:

  • iPhone (free app)
  • iPad (free app)
  • Android (free app)
  • Sonos Controller (Dedicated controller sold my Sonos)
  • Sonos Controller for Mac or PC

Sonos Setup Resources

  1. Online Sonos Setup Guide
  2. PLAY:3 Sonos Setup
  3. PLAY:5 Sonos Setup
  4. BRIDGE: Sonos Setup