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How to Set Up a Sonos CONNECT

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Introduction

You may be surprised at how simple it is to turn your stereo into an amazing streaming music player.

Sonos has a CONNECT for that.

You can link a Sonos CONNECT to your stereo, home theater, or powered speakers to stream music to them using the Sonos Controller App. This treats your existing sound equipment to a Sonos upgrade, without having to replace everything.

This guide will cover how to hook your home theater or turntable up to your Connect. It will show how to get it powered up and finally, synced to the Sonos app.

Tools You'll Need:
  • Correct cabling to connect your devices to the CONNECT
Sonos Connect

1 Hook Up Cables and Devices to the Connect

Connecting audio inputs

Connecting an input such as a CD player or turn table will make it available to all of your speakers connected to the sound system. This way you can use the Sonos app to control those devices.
Line in for Connect

Connecting audio outputs

  1. If you have digital inputs on your AVR or amplifier, you can insert a digital coaxial cable to the Connect's digital output to the digital input on the receiver. The port on the Connect is orange and labeled coax.
    Digital coax out
  2. You can use a TOSLINK optical audio cable to hook up the Sonos Connect’s TOSLINK digital audio output to the audio inputs on a separate audio component, such as an amplifier or your home theater receiver.
    Toslink optical
  3. If you have analog inputs on your AVR or amplifier, use a standard RCA audio cable for the Connect's analog audio output.
    Output for Connect
  4. If connecting to a computer you’ll need a stereo mini to RCA Y-adapter audio cable (one 1/8" stereo miniplug to dual RCA male connectors).
    Stereo mini to RCA-Y adapter
  5. Connect the output ports to your device's input ports using the cabling needed.

Power on the Connect

Attach the power cord and plug in your Connect.
The power port

2 Sync the Connect to the Sonos App

Install the Sonos Controller App

Before connecting your Sonos devices to the app, you need to, well, download the app!

iOS Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App
If you are viewing this guide on your iOS device this link will allow you to jump directly to Sonos Controller App in the App Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store Icon
  2. Type in "Sonos Controller" in the search bar.
  3. Find Sonos Controller in the search results and tap on GET.
    Selecting the sonos app
  4. Tap on Install to start download.
    install button
Android Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App on Google Play
If you are viewing this guide on your Android device, or have your Google account linked on your Android device and your browser, this link will allow you to jump directly to the Sonos Controller in the Google Play Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play store icon
  2. Search for "Sonos Controller for Android" and tap on the app.
    Sonos in the search bar
  3. Tap Install to start downloading the app.
    The sonos app selection
  4. Once installed, tap Open.
    The app has been installed

Connect to the Sonos App

  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    Setting up a new sonos system
  3. Sign into your existing Sonos account, or select Create account to create a new one.
    Select Create Account
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Selecting continue
  5. Select Standard setup for your Sonos Connect to continue.
    selecting standard setup
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Selecting Next
  7. Your Sonos Connect should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    Selecting Next
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Connect. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Selecting continue
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Connect.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Sonos Connect.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Connect.
    Configuring device
  12. The Sonos Connect is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
    Selecting next
  13. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
    Wireless set up
  14. Open your Wi-Fi settings, and select the Sonos network.
    • Select Settings.
      Android Settings icon iOS Settings icon
       
    • Select WiFi.
      Selecting wifi
    • Select Sonos from the list.
      Selecting sonos
    • Return to the Sonos app.
      Sonos icon
  15. The Sonos Connect is now connected to your home network.

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You may be surprised at how simple it is to turn your stereo into an amazing streaming music player.

Sonos has a CONNECT for that.

You can link a Sonos CONNECT to your stereo, home theater, or powered speakers to stream music to them using the Sonos Controller App. This treats your existing sound equipment to a Sonos upgrade, without having to replace everything.

This guide will cover how to hook your home theater or turntable up to your Connect. It will show how to get it powered up and finally, synced to the Sonos app.

Tools You'll Need:
  • Correct cabling to connect your devices to the CONNECT
Sonos Connect

Connecting audio inputs

Connecting an input such as a CD player or turn table will make it available to all of your speakers connected to the sound system. This way you can use the Sonos app to control those devices.
Line in for Connect

Connecting audio outputs

  1. If you have digital inputs on your AVR or amplifier, you can insert a digital coaxial cable to the Connect's digital output to the digital input on the receiver. The port on the Connect is orange and labeled coax.
    Digital coax out
  2. You can use a TOSLINK optical audio cable to hook up the Sonos Connect’s TOSLINK digital audio output to the audio inputs on a separate audio component, such as an amplifier or your home theater receiver.
    Toslink optical
  3. If you have analog inputs on your AVR or amplifier, use a standard RCA audio cable for the Connect's analog audio output.
    Output for Connect
  4. If connecting to a computer you’ll need a stereo mini to RCA Y-adapter audio cable (one 1/8" stereo miniplug to dual RCA male connectors).
    Stereo mini to RCA-Y adapter
  5. Connect the output ports to your device's input ports using the cabling needed.

Power on the Connect

Attach the power cord and plug in your Connect.
The power port

Install the Sonos Controller App

Before connecting your Sonos devices to the app, you need to, well, download the app!

iOS Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App
If you are viewing this guide on your iOS device this link will allow you to jump directly to Sonos Controller App in the App Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store Icon
  2. Type in "Sonos Controller" in the search bar.
  3. Find Sonos Controller in the search results and tap on GET.
    Selecting the sonos app
  4. Tap on Install to start download.
    install button
Android Devices
Sonos IconSonos Controller App on Google Play
If you are viewing this guide on your Android device, or have your Google account linked on your Android device and your browser, this link will allow you to jump directly to the Sonos Controller in the Google Play Store and install it immediately.
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play store icon
  2. Search for "Sonos Controller for Android" and tap on the app.
    Sonos in the search bar
  3. Tap Install to start downloading the app.
    The sonos app selection
  4. Once installed, tap Open.
    The app has been installed

Connect to the Sonos App

  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    Setting up a new sonos system
  3. Sign into your existing Sonos account, or select Create account to create a new one.
    Select Create Account
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Selecting continue
  5. Select Standard setup for your Sonos Connect to continue.
    selecting standard setup
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Selecting Next
  7. Your Sonos Connect should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    Selecting Next
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Connect. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Selecting continue
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Connect.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Sonos Connect.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Connect.
    Configuring device
  12. The Sonos Connect is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
    Selecting next
  13. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
    Wireless set up
  14. Open your Wi-Fi settings, and select the Sonos network.
    • Select Settings.
      Android Settings icon iOS Settings icon
       
    • Select WiFi.
      Selecting wifi
    • Select Sonos from the list.
      Selecting sonos
    • Return to the Sonos app.
      Sonos icon
  15. The Sonos Connect is now connected to your home network.