Setting up Sonos with Luma

 

Before getting started with your Sonos system, it's good to have a clear understanding of what equipment you have versus what you'll need to integrate into your Luma network:

Do you have SonosNet (Android users only - see here for more information)?
Do you have a Sonos Bridge connected via ethernet or over Wifi to your Luma hub??
Are you utilizing Station Mode?
Are you planning on a Standard or BOOST setup for your Sonos system (see here for more information)?

Included here is a quick reference Setup Guide for Sonos for easy viewing.

 

Do you have a Sonos Bridge or are you connecting a different Sonos piece to your Luma network to create the Sonos mesh?

You might use a Bridge to connect your Sonos network (guide seen here) to easily integrate with your Luma network.

 "A Sonos Bridge is used to your router to establish a separate wireless network exclusively for your Sonos speakers. If you want to strengthen the wireless performance of your Sonos system, connect a Bridge to extend wireless coverage to all of the rooms where you want music."

The Sonos Bridge should be connected via hardwire to Luma Hub OUT port. The Luma nodes should be taken down during this setup to help create the Sonos mesh network more reliably and ensure that all Sonos traffic is routed through the hub.

 

Is there a switch between the Sonos and Luma hub?

This configuration should work, but if it presents challenges, attempt connecting directly to the hub instead, circumventing the switch, if possible. Switch recommendations for Luma in general are unmanaged switches. 

 

Here are a few tips and tricks for using Sonos with Luma:

If there is no Sonos Bridge present OR if you're seeing strange behavior from your speakers you can try the below steps to get a better connection between Luma and your Sonos speaker system:

1. Unplug the Luma node(s) from power (the Luma Hub is always connected to the Modem and power).
2. On each Sonos speaker, forget the Luma wifi network, (this can be accomplished through the Sonos app via these steps.)
3. Connect each Sonos speaker to your Luma wirelessly (with only the Luma hub online), verifying connectivity of each piece of your Sonos system.
4. Plug the Luma node(s) back into power to bring your Luma network back online. They will spin blue for approximately 2 minutes, and the LED will go out, showing a green dot next to the network name on the front page of the app as "Enabled."

 

Luma Parental Control /Content Filtering and Sonos

There is a potential that the Luma Parental Controls/Policy Filters could disrupt the Sonos internet communication if the Luma home administrator has enabled a network-wide Content Policy Filter (aka Parental Control). A few small changes can be made to help ensure an easy integration of Sonos into the Luma network.

1. Create a new Person in your Luma app. 

2. Assign the Sonos devices to this virtual person in the Luma app (for help, see this article.)

3. Set Content Filtering for that user as “Unrestricted”. 

4. Assign the Sonos system to that user profile. 

These changes will grant unrestricted internet access to the individual Sonos user account.

 

Please note, if you have a previously set up WiFi system and/or have a preference for your old router for configuration purposes, you could also connect the Sonos Bridge directly via ethernet to the older router or modem-router combination. This will establish an additional hardwired connection outside of Luma and will not utilize the Luma wifi network.

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