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How to Set Up Sonos Port and Connect to WiFi

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Introduction

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

You can link a Sonos PORT 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.

Unlike the original Sonos CONNECT, the Port has integrated Airplay 2, making it even easier to stream music using Apple devices.

This guide will cover how to hook your home theater or turntable up to the Port. 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 Port
A Sonos Amp

1 Place, Connect, and Power the Port

Placing Your Port

You can place Port just about anywhere. In an electronics rack, on a shelf, or on a credenza with your audio/video receiver (AVR).

The Port fits perfectly in any electronics rack using a third-party shelf. You can fit 3 Ports across a standard rack and take up only one rack unit of vertical space. Or you can place a Port horizontally on a stable and level surface.

If you put it on a shelf, for best performance place it at the front and leave at least 2" space all around. The Port can heat up and needs space to disissipate all that heat.

Connecting Audio Inputs

Connect an input such as a CD player or turntable to make it available to all of your speakers connected to the Sonos Port.
Sonos port inputs

Connecting Audio Outputs

  1. If you have digital inputs on your AVR or amplifier, you can use a digital coaxial cable to connect Port’s digital output to the digital input on the receiver.
    The sonos port digital out
  2. If you have analog inputs on your AVR or amplifier, use a standard RCA audio cable to connect Port’s analog audio output to the audio inputs on the receiver.
    Output ports on the sonos port
  3. 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) to connect from Port’s analog audio output to your computer’s audio input.
    Stereo mini to RCA-Y adapter
  4. Connect the output ports to your device's input ports using the cabling needed.

Connecting Power

Attach the power cord and plug in your Port. We recommend you use a surge protector to connect to your electronic devices so they do not experience damage from a power surge.
The power port

2 Connect the Port 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 Port to continue.
    selecting standard setup
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Selecting Next
  7. Your Sonos Port 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 Port. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Selecting continue
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Port.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Sonos Port.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Port.
    Configuring device
  12. The Sonos Port 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 Port 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.

You can link a Sonos PORT 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.

Unlike the original Sonos CONNECT, the Port has integrated Airplay 2, making it even easier to stream music using Apple devices.

This guide will cover how to hook your home theater or turntable up to the Port. 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 Port
A Sonos Amp

Placing Your Port

You can place Port just about anywhere. In an electronics rack, on a shelf, or on a credenza with your audio/video receiver (AVR).

The Port fits perfectly in any electronics rack using a third-party shelf. You can fit 3 Ports across a standard rack and take up only one rack unit of vertical space. Or you can place a Port horizontally on a stable and level surface.

If you put it on a shelf, for best performance place it at the front and leave at least 2" space all around. The Port can heat up and needs space to disissipate all that heat.

Connecting Audio Inputs

Connect an input such as a CD player or turntable to make it available to all of your speakers connected to the Sonos Port.
Sonos port inputs

Connecting Audio Outputs

  1. If you have digital inputs on your AVR or amplifier, you can use a digital coaxial cable to connect Port’s digital output to the digital input on the receiver.
    The sonos port digital out
  2. If you have analog inputs on your AVR or amplifier, use a standard RCA audio cable to connect Port’s analog audio output to the audio inputs on the receiver.
    Output ports on the sonos port
  3. 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) to connect from Port’s analog audio output to your computer’s audio input.
    Stereo mini to RCA-Y adapter
  4. Connect the output ports to your device's input ports using the cabling needed.

Connecting Power

Attach the power cord and plug in your Port. We recommend you use a surge protector to connect to your electronic devices so they do not experience damage from a power surge.
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 Port to continue.
    selecting standard setup
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Selecting Next
  7. Your Sonos Port 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 Port. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Selecting continue
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Port.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Sonos Port.
  11. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Port.
    Configuring device
  12. The Sonos Port 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 Port is now connected to your home network.