Sonos and 5ghz

Paul Quintana
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I am helping out a client that is surrounded by the 2.4ghz wireless band frequency. We added a Ubiquiti LR AP PRO wireless Access Point to the network. Her computers are now running great on wireless on 5ghz; however, Sonos only works on 2.4ghz. Is there anything I can do besides run them wired? There are so many 2.4ghz networks that Sonos will only connect from about 20 feet away no further.
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RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
if the computer can get a strong signal from 2.4GHz then use Channel 11 ( no Overlap ) with other WIFI signals.
Top Expert 2014
Commented:
You could use powerline adapters that plug into the mains.  Stick one where the Sonos is and one near your router/switch.

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Ramin - there are many networks on the 2.4ghz 11 channel frequency already

Craig - any model you recommend? As I have used those in the past with not a lot of success.
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RaminTechnical Advisor

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No problem at all, they don't overlap each other on  2.4 GHz 11 channel frequency.  you can also use 1 or 6 on the same frequency with no overlap.
In the 2.4 GHz band, 1, 6 and 11 are the only non-overlapping channels.
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
It depends on your mains cabling but I've had a few D-Link AV units that were good performers.  You don't need a lot of bandwidth for Sonos to work.

Failing that you could use a 5GHz client bridge.  That'd connect wirelessly to the Unifi AP and wired to the Sonos speaker.  Something like the TrendNET TEW-750DAP would work.

@Ramin, it sounds like the RF environment is already congested with other networks in the area using the same channels.
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
He can try those Channels. but I think it must be OKAY. also use Bandwidth 20 M.
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
Only Use Bandwidth 20 M with 2.4 GHz and 1 or 6 or 11 Channel.
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
Ramin, Paul has said the environment is surrounded by 2.4GHz.  Using the non-overlapping channels won't help if foreign networks are already using them.

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Ramin - I am familiar with wireless, again there are many networks on all these channels

Beck - okay I will see what I could find too by looking at reviews, powerline or bridge, what do you think is better? This area is old and power throughout walls could be old.
RaminTechnical Advisor

Commented:
It's up to you, but if you can try, try it, and test the speed for yourself. I'm using the same configuration with Max Speed,
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
If you've got good 5GHz coverage and signal a bridge might be best if the mains cabling is questionable.

Author

Commented:
Okay, I will just have to find one. I wonder if Ubiquiti makes them?
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
Not as far as I know.

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Thanks!

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