Brains of the Operation, Pt. 2

Brains of the Operation, Pt. 2

Pipe in Music Wirelessly

If you’re like us, you have most of your music stored on the Mac - which is sitting in your office or another part of the house. Unless you have a laptop, accessing your music collection from the bedroom isn’t all that easy. Using a digital streaming device like the Sonos Bundle 130 ($999) solves the problem. It comes with an LCD remote, one main amplified unit, and one unit you can use in the bedroom with headphones or a stereo.

 

1. Plug in

First, plug in the power and connect the cables for each unit. Use the Sonos ZP100 in your office, connect it to your router using an Ethernet cable, and connect speakers. Then set up the ZP80 in your bedroom, along with the LCD remote control and cradle (Sonos calls this the Controller). Install the Sonos Desktop Controller app on your Mac (just copy it into the /Applications folder) from the included CD.

 

Yes, it's pricey. But it does its job well.

 

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2. Establish Contact

Launch the Sonos Desktop Controller software and follow the instructions to add a zone. When prompted, simultaneously press the Volume and Mute buttons on the ZP100 in your office for a second so they flash back and forth; the Desktop Controller will find and configure it. In the software, click continue, then, back in the bedroom, do the same on the ZP80.

 

You can add a player for the den, the back porch, or any other room and play the same song on every one.

 

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3. Share Your Music

Back in your office, go to System Preferences > Sharing and place a check next to Windows Sharing. This allows your Mac to share its music library.

 

If you've already enabled Windows Sharing (say, for iTunes Mac-to-Mac sharing), you can skip this step.

 

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4. Listen and Enjoy

In the Desktop Controller software, select whether you want to use the default iTunes folder for streaming music, or pick a different folder. Now you can start playing music that you’ll hear in the bedroom.

 

Control your music her, from the Mac, or with the LCD remote.

 

To continue on this journey of home-automation, view part 3 of Brains of the Operation here.

 

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