No harm to anyone here - but this is absolutely nothing to do with either Pioneer, iHome, Denon, Marantz or Apple - this purely is down to the fact that the BT homehub is a poorly specified, cheaply manufactured that BT give as a freebie.
Having extensively tested a number of routers and the following devices:
if you manage to sustain a connection for longer than 5 minutes (the longest I experienced was 22minutes) - then try this for giggles.... if you even so much even turn on a computer, blackberry, or any other wifi device...... say goodbye to Airplay!
If you have greif and want a channel to feed it back to.... using BT's own forums is the best place as they are monitored by BT - but at the end of the day BT still won't do anything to help you - they do not manufacture or supply anything that will do your job.
stick along the lines of Belkin, Netgear or other mainstream manufacturers who offer good back up and support for their router.
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Is it not the case that SONOS does not use your router - using its own ZoneNet protocol instead - the only way I think that routers are important in a sonos setup is if you are using and iPhone to control it.
Sonos operates on different radio channels that regular wifi - i think if I remember they have to be about 5 channels apart from your wifi to prevent radio interferance issues.
I already assumed it was common 'wisdom' that BT Homehubs should be replaced with something competent the second after the installer has left.
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Not really, the router is required to provide IP addresses to the Sonos devices and to provide the link from Sonos to the source, whether that's a NAS, PC/MAC or the internet and the link to any non-Sonos control devices.
I don't know what you're thinking of but it certainly isn't Sonos. Sonosnet is based on standard wi-fi and uses EXACTLY the same channels as wi-fi does. In fact the vast majority of issues with Sonos stem from wireless interference, the usual fix is to ensure that your router and Sonos are using different channels and that the router has any wideband options switched off (as they cover far more of the available channels than "normal" wi-fi does).
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Oooodear - I'm pleased I've held back on this streaming malarky given I have only a Talk Talk router. My preferred option was Airplay. (Looking for a Scooby-Doo caption)
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Does anybody actually have an explanation as to why so many routers drop wifi connections on a regular basis? The amount of times I've had to simply turn a router off and turn it back on again to resume wifi is farsicle.
The problem is compounded when Sky/BT etc demand the use of their own routers... For a number of years, I've been using a secondary Apple router (Time Capsule), operated in bridge mode, to handle my wireless connections.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to call Sky and request a new router.
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If you live in a built up area it's almost certainly due to to wireless interference. Wi-fi effectively only has three channels to choose from, if you have three or more neighbours in close proximity then you're going to struggle finding a reliable channel to use.
Someone in my hotel learned a hard lesson about AirPlay this morning... They left their zeppelin attached to the hotels wifi network, so they got a dose of 'banana phone' by rafi
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I've got BT Home Hub 2.0, never had any issues with AirPlay as yet. Wifi dropouts are quite rare as well, despite around 15 devices connected to the wifi network at the same time.
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Really? Only 3? So selecting a channel between 1-13 then (as I have tinkered with) doesn't mean there are 13 channels?
If that really is the reason for drop outs, how can it be that I Never have to turn off my Apple router??
In practice no because the frequencies overlap several channels either side of the one you choose (2 either side I think), generally the recommended channels to use are 1, 6 and 11 because that way you guarantee you won't overlap with someone using another of those three channels (ie someone on channel 1 won't overlap someone on 6 or 11, however some on channel 4 will overlap both 1 and 6 to a certain extent). Many devices will only give you the option of 1, 6 or 11 for this reason.
You may not be experiencing that much interference or possibly your Apple router is pumping out at a higher power than anyone else and they're the ones getting all the problems!
It's not just the router mentioned above that has problems with Airplay. I have a Pioneer VSX-921-K Receiver. I had a ZyXel NGB334W router and it was impossible to use Airplay on the wifi. Tested on two PC's, one mac and two iPhones, no success. Bought a dlink DIR-615, and Airplay worked straight from the box. But then i started having problemes with my modem disconnecting so lost the internet connection, but Airplay worked great. Will now get a new router because of issues with the dlink router and my ISP. Is it a requirement to have n draft to use AirPlay or can you use b and g draft?
Currently using BT Homehub 3 and no issues.
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My set-up was Pioneer connected by ethernet to homehub (100mb) and using iPad in same room running airplay. So streaming music from iPad directly to AV amp. So all these are in the same room. I measured about 80mbps wifi. That is more than enough for audio.
It is extrememly unlikely you are getting 80Mb/s speed on wifi with mobile devices. It may say it connects at 80Mb/s but the actual throughput will be MUCH lower. Ipad2/Iphone4S wifi throughput is generally only around 15Mb/s and thats within 5m line of sight.
(Still more than enough for Audio - I'm just saying).
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