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New Sonos update will allow most users to say goodbye to the BRIDGE

In an announcement on their blog today, Sonos has revealed plans to make their music streaming even simpler to set up.
April 17, 2014

There are plenty of ways to fill your entire home with music, but a Sonos system is one of the easiest methods currently available. In an announcement on their blog today, the company has revealed plans to make setup even simpler, and cheaper for new customers to boot.

A Sonos system works by setting up its own network — aptly named SonosNet — to stream music throughout your home. If you were to set up a system today, you would either need to plug a Sonos speaker or the Sonos BRIDGE box into your router. A new feature, currently in beta, eliminates this need.

The new method seems simpler than ever, according to this morning’s blog post:

We’ve found a way to deliver all the benefits of SonosNet without a product directly connected to your router. This new software solution will make Sonos simpler than ever. Start with a speaker and your smartphone, enter your WiFi password and Sonos takes care of the rest.

The post goes on to mention that there are users who will still either require or significantly benefit from a Sonos BRIDGE. Specifically, customers with large homes where the WiFi might not reach far enough or other “challenging network environments” might need a boost from the BRIDGE. Early testing has apparently shown that this will only be necessary for a relatively small number of customers.

If you own a system and would like to try the new software solution, Sonos is currently accepting applicants to the beta program. You can sign up via the Sonos website.