If getting decent Wi-Fi coverage - and uninterrupted streaming music - has always been a challenge around your place, a Sonos
system powered by their new Boost product could be the answer. Boasting enterprise-grade hardware, it delivers a robust, powerful wi-fi signal that will provide 360 degree coverage throughout even the most challenging home environments.
As we reported in a recent post
, Sonos recently enabled 'native' wi-fi connectivity with its products, doing away for the need to hard-wire at least one speaker to the network or use their Bridge product to create a Sonos mesh network. That solution will work fine for most home users, but when the going gets tough, a dedicated mesh network can't be beaten. Sonos Bridge has done that well for years but the new Boost product is around twice as powerful as the Bridge, solving even the toughest wi-fi challenges.
The device uses three antennae to provide seamless 360 degree coverage, and as it creates a dedicated mesh network, it's immune from interference from devices on the main wi-fi network.
Sonos Boost is available now with a recommended retail price of $149.
Sonos Boost Specifications
||2-port switch, 10/100 Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX
||2-port switch allows Ethernet devices to connect through SonosNet™
- Easy Internet connectivity for other products in the house - SonosNet can stream any data in between its nodes. A BOOST has two Ethernet jacks on the back to bring standard Internet connectivity to your set-top box, PVR, PC, Game Console or NAS drive.
- Extend the range of the Sonos system - stream music wirelessly to a remote location by placing a BOOST in between a Sonos component and the rest of the Sonos system.
- Expand the wireless reach of the controller- improve Sonos controller access to SonosNet by placing a BOOST in areas where your wireless coverage doesn’t reach. Ideal for retrofits, where all Sonos products might be in one location instead of being placed throughout the home.
||Works on SonosNet™, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network dedicated exclusively for your Sonos system to reduce WiFi interferenceAlso works on your home WiFi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast capable router
||Internet connection required for system-wide access to Internet radio stations, online music services and software updates. (DSL, cable modem or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection required.) Internet functionality may require payment of separate fee to a service provider; local and/or long distance telephone charges may apply.
||Automatic wired or wireless setup of Sonos system
|Front Panel Lights
||Slim external power adapter, Output: DC 5V, 2A
|Dimensions (H x W x D)
||33 x 115 x 115 mm
|Recommended Mounting Screw
||American standard #6 round head screw; Metric M3.5 round head screw
||32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
||White/high quality polycarbonate material