adding sonos boost to existing system

In case you’ve attempted adding Sonos Boost to existing system but you’re not quite sure what went wrong, then this is the guide for you!

When adding Sonos Boost to an existing system the most important thing is the initial preparation. The approach is different for a first-time setup and includes additional steps such as establishing the connection with your router and powering the device on.

Keep reading to understand what you need to do before you start adding Sonos Boost to your existing system and later how to perform the operation smoothly.

Before Adding A Sonos Boost To An Existing System!

Sonos themselves have said that there is little preparation for adding an entirely new speaker WiFi to your system.

For instance, when connecting the Sonos Boost device to the power, the LED must flicker in green, otherwise, the Sonos won’t be discoverable.

Note: A yellow light means no good. That’s when the Boost is unable to connect with the router’s WiFi and something is wrong in your setup.

Preparation For First Time Setup!

If you’re just taking the extender out of the box and you want to add it to your system, you must first connect it to power.

There are supplied components within the package, such as a cable, adapter, and an Ethernet cable for the router connection.

There are two cable connections your Sonos Boost must have:

  • The power adapter must be plugged into a power outlet.
  • The supplied Ethernet cable must be plugged into one of the router’s ports.

What To Do If Sonos’ LED Isn’t Green?

  1. Unplug the unit from power.
  2. Hold the Join button for 30 seconds.
  3. Next, press the Play/Pause button at the same time.
  4. While holding the play and pause buttons, reconnect the power cord.

If the LED of the device turns green after this, you shall proceed to connect the Sonos Boost to your existing system.

Note: If the LED however still remains yellow or orange, contact Sonos for additional support.

How Do I Connect My Sonos Boost To An Existing System?

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Once the LED light is green, it means that you’re ready to go! We’ve prepared a step-by-step tutorial that will describe each step in detail and help you establish the connection.

It’s essential to follow the steps below in consecutive order, otherwise, you might fail to connect the Sonos Boost.

Let’s start with the Sonos application first:

Step #1 Open Up The Sonos App

To get your Sonos Boost added to the existing system, you must first go to the Sonos app.

This is where your system settings and configurations are and where Sonos Boost will later connect with all of your speakers.

  • If you already have the Sonos app, simply open it up on your smartphone, from the device’s home screen. Additionally, ensure that the app is updated to the latest available version.
  • If you do not have the Sonos app, go to Google Play or App Store on your smartphone and write “Sonos” in the search field. Download the first result and log into your account.
Alert: Avoid acquiring the application from untrusted sources!

Step #2 Go To System Settings

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To get the Sonos Boost hooked up, you must go to the System tab. This configuration tab is found within the settings of the Sonos app and can be accessed by pressing the system icon.

Here’s how to easily navigate to the system settings of your Sonos controller app:

  1. From the Sonos app’s home screen, go to Settings by tapping the icon at the top.
  2. Scroll down and search for the tab, labeled “System”.
  3. Select the System tab and you’re there!
Tip: Viewing the system settings can help you understand how your entire system works.

Step #3 Add Your Sonos Boost

The next step to adding your Sonos Boost to the system is to press the “Add Product” button within the system settings of the Sonos controller app.

The “Add Product” button is located on the top of the system settings at the top left part of the screen.

By tapping on this button, you will be redirected to the next screen, where your app must discover the Sonos Boost item and add it to your system.

Note: With older application versions, the Add Product button might be located elsewhere.

Step #4 Discover & Connect Sonos Boost

After tapping on “Add Product” in the controller app, let’s proceed with adding Sonos Boost to the existing system.

On the screen you were redirected to, will be a list of all available devices that can be added to the controller app.

If your Sonos Boost is hooked up with the power and the router, it should pop up as an available connection for the controller app to make.

Next, you will view its code on your screen and by tapping on it once, your Sonos application will begin establishing the connection with the WiFi device for your Sonos speakers.

Note: Discovering or adding the Boost device to your system may take a while. Don’t shut down your router or Sonos Boost during that time.

Step #5 Switch Speakers’ WiFi

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Since the main goal for your Sonos Boost is to create an alternative WiFi network for your Sonos speakers, it’s time to shift the WiFi of your units.

This is done through the Sonos controller app that you just used and it’s relatively easy finding your way through the settings and configurations.

If you tend to add additional speakers to your system along with the Sonos Boost, we’ve created a separate guide for you:

  • Adding a new Sonos speaker – When connecting your brand new speaker, select the network that Sonos Boost has created and not your router’s WiFi.
  • To switch the WiFi of the existing speaker – In the Sonos controller app, go to Settings > WiFi Settings > Change Network and select Boost’s network.

And that’s just about it. Ensure that you have your Sonos Boost in a healthy range from within your speakers and that the device has a secured wired connection with the router.

Important: If the router’s WiFi goes down, keep in mind that your Sonos Boost will get disconnected as well. Only until the WiFi is up again.

No Green Light On Sonos Boost. What To Do?

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In case the process fails and you’re not able to bring the green light, maybe you’ve got a not supported network device.

Here is a list of the best routers for Sonos Boost:

  • WPA2, IPv6, and WPS type devices.
  • Wireless feature devices with ON/OFF functionality.
  • Dual-bad and Tri-band routers with one 2.4Ghz band.
  • 11ac WiFi type compatibility devices

When your device does not support any of these factors the connection might fail. The best next step would be to contact Sonos customer service for more info about compatibility.

Tip: Check if the Sonos Boost warranty is intact.

To add Sonos Boost to the existing system you need to connect the Ethernet cable to your router and the power adapter to a wall outlet. When the LED light is green proceed with adding the device to the app.

Lastly, you need to discover and connect the app to the device after which finalize by hooking up the speakers to the newly created WiFi.

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Bottom Line:

Now when you know that adding Sonos Boost to existing system isn’t hard at all, you can re-establish the setup whenever necessary.

Make sure to save our guide in case you forget and need a reminder. For other Sonos “how-to” guides check our online blog to discover the steps you’re looking for!

Nicole B