Sonos has announced that it is testing out new software for its Sonos range of devices that will mean there will be no need for the Sonos bridge in the feature.
At the moment, if you want to use Sono’s range of wireless speakers you have to use a Sonos Bridge to connect them all, the device currently retails for $50.
Today, we want to share our vision for the next step in wireless HiFi. 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.
We will maintain the core function of SonosNet so that – when several players are linked together as a group – they continue to communicate directly with one another, keeping your music in perfect sync. There are some large homes, where all players are not in the range of the WiFi signal or challenging network environments, that will still benefit from the Sonos BRIDGE, but our diagnostics and early testing show that the majority of homes will work well with the new software solution.
Sonos will be beta testing this new software, and they will release more information on the beta program in the next few weeks, you can find out more details over at Sonos.