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SONOS Driver Question - gReatAutomation - 07-24-2019

Question about the SONOS driver. The screen states you can select one of the available devices for the driver to install. Does this mean that if I have 10 SONOS devices that I will need to install the driver 10 times, one for each device?


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RE: SONOS Driver Question - gReatAutomation - 07-24-2019

To add to this, I have PLEX as my Media Server Repository and a single SONOS speaker as a SONOS CQC Media Renderer V2. I then use SystemCfg to add these, and then add the media to a room, and then auto generate a GUI.

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Interestingly when in the generated GUI, it shoes the movies in the media browser and not the music while, at the same time, allows me to in fact control the volume and to pause, play and even shows the counter

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RE: SONOS Driver Question - Dean Roddey - 07-24-2019

You have to have a driver per UPnP media renderer. That's a high overhead sort of interface, so it's not really practical to try to control a home full of them via a single driver. In general, if it has its own connection between CQC and the device, then it requires a driver. If the thing that requires the connection is a system, like RA2 or Z-Wave, then that's just one driver because there's only one connection to it.

On the Plex thing, currently the Plex repo only understands movies in terms of metadata.


RE: SONOS Driver Question - gReatAutomation - 07-24-2019

(07-24-2019, 12:39 PM)Dean Roddey Wrote: You have to have a driver per UPnP media renderer. That's a high overhead sort of interface, so it's not really practical to try to control a home full of them via a single driver. In general, if it has its own connection between CQC and the device, then it requires a driver. If the thing that requires the connection is a system, like RA2 or Z-Wave, then that's just one driver because there's only one connection to it.

On the Plex thing, currently the Plex repo only understands movies in terms of metadata.

Thanks. So what's the best way to use SONOS for simple streaming services that are added to SONOS as media sources (e.g., Pandora, etc.)?

This is why I had brought up the Subsonic as a music source. http://www.subsonic.org/pages/api.jsp It does a much better job of acting as a media server than PLEX, IMHO. I had originally worked with the author when I proposed to him adding SONOS support many years ago. It runs locally and requires no Internet access.

So, it looks like I or someone would have to write a Subsonic driver and use that in place of PLEX?


RE: SONOS Driver Question - Dean Roddey - 07-24-2019

You can set up streaming services as favorites in the Sonos and invoke those from CQC.


RE: SONOS Driver Question - gReatAutomation - 07-25-2019

(07-24-2019, 05:03 PM)Dean Roddey Wrote: You can set up streaming services as favorites in the Sonos and invoke those from CQC.

And your thoughts as to the Subsonic media server as a media choice vice PLEX for better CQC integration?


RE: SONOS Driver Question - Dean Roddey - 07-25-2019

I don't really have an opinion honestly, since I've only used Plex a little and the other not at all. And the amount of work involved makes supporting another one a substantial undertaking. I'd certainly prefer to add music support to the Plex driver than support another media repo.


RE: SONOS Driver Question - gReatAutomation - 08-12-2019

(07-24-2019, 12:39 PM)Dean Roddey Wrote: You have to have a driver per UPnP media renderer.

Two questions:

1) So if I have 10 SONOS devices in 10 different rooms, I would need 10 different drivers?

2) Any plans to add PLEX music support?


RE: SONOS Driver Question - Dean Roddey - 08-13-2019

You would need 10 drivers. The devices that have a single driver to talk to a bunch of things are the ones where there's a single box that we talk to and it talks to the bunch of things. For individual devices it's a driver per device. Otherwise, it would get really messy from an implementation point of view.

I could put Plex music support on the list perhaps. It would be useful to a number of people. I'll have to see if it's doable within our standard media scheme. But probably it has all the metadata we need.


RE: SONOS Driver Question - gReatAutomation - 08-13-2019

Thanks for the clarification.