How To Setup A Sonos For Use With Your Go Connect
We are doing a series of blog posts illustrating how to use your Go Connect to take over 15 different WiFi enabled devices with you when traveling. Our goal is to help you get the most of your Go Travel Router and Go Travel Pro Cellular Hotspot Router product.
In this article we describe how the few steps needed to use your Sonos Smart Speaker when traveling. By using your Go Connect with your Sonos you will be able to fully control your Sonos speaker, just like at home, with the app. This includes all models, even the Sonos Roam and Move, which when used as a “portable speaker” without a Go Connect would have limited functionality.
Sonos With Your Go Connect
To get the most out of your Sonos when traveling with your Go Connect we recommend following these steps
Prior to walkthrough these steps be sure you have not yet powered up your Sonos speaker or launching your Sonos app.
Step 1: Name Your Go Connect The Same As Your Home Network
We recommend naming your Go Gocnnect the same as your home WIFi network, including the same network name and password. Be sure the case (upper cases and lower cases) of the name and password are identical.
You can see our tips and trick page on how to change your Go Connect private network name.
If you’ve already named your Go Connect network the same as your network at home, continue.
Note: Naming your network the same as your home network while at home can cause confusion. We recommend you do this the first time you travel.
Step 2: Connect Your Go Connect To The Internet (for non-cellular versions)
If you have a Go Travel (non-cellular version) of a Go Connect, you will need to connect your Go Connect device to the internet. Simlpy launch the Go Travel App and join the WiFi network at your hotel, Airbnb, RV park or other location.
Step 3: Turn On Your Sonos
Once your Go Connect is fully configured (including restarting if needed) and connected to the internet, go ahead and power on your Sonos speaker.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Sonos
Your Sonos will startup and find your Go Connect network. Launch the Sonos app on your phone and enjoy your Sonos just like at home!
Troubleshooting and Other Sonos Connection Scenarios
Sonos Wants To “Setup”
Your Sonos should not require a ‘setup’ or network change if you followed the steps above. If you use your Sonos at home we do not recommend following thruogh on this process. Power down the Sonos and make sure all of the steps above are complete first.
If the Sonos is new, or you are permanently moving your Sonos to your RV or other location where it will not also be used in the home then you can complete this step using your Private WiFi information.
Don’t Have A Home Network
If you are a full time RVer or other user who may not have a “home network” or have a new Sonos device, simply go through the Sonos setup process to connect to your Go Connect. Then repeat steps 2-4 as you change locations. Because your Go Connect network name does not change even when your location does, you will only need to setup your Sonos the first time.
Phone Not On Your Private WiFi Network
If your Sonos can connect to the internet, but your phone can’t find it the most common issue is that your phone (or the device running the Sonos app) has gotten disconnected from your private Go Connect netwrok. Simply reconnect and relaunch the Sonos app. The app and the Sonos must be on the same network.
Sonos Powers Up and Displays A Light Other Solid White
These generally indicate your device has an error or is not fully configured. If you attempted to run the setup process rather than simply using the same network name this must be completed. If you do need to connect/configure your device you should do it to the Go Connect named the same as your home network – this will avoid the need for this step in the future.
Sonos App Crashes
The Go Connect will have no impact on your Sonos app. If you are having crashes or other problems with your Sonos or app that is not related to connectivity, you may want to contact Sonos support.