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Offline DeltaNu1142

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What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2015, 08:31:16 pm »
I assume you've seen this thread...
http://forum.micasaverde.com/index.php/topic,12408.0.html
I hadn't, thanks! I may try the talking clock next, as the grandfather clock chimes have become pretty unpopular with SWMBO...

eBay? Or something better? Thanks.
Probably eBay. Or CL. I picked up my Play:1 on CL.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2015, 06:35:28 am by DeltaNu1142 »
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2015, 09:46:57 pm »
Thanks for the tip.  The Sonos Connect new is expensive - high margins no doubt.

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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2015, 11:31:46 am »
Today my dear wife asked me to implement something, for possible burglers, with my new toy (Vera).  I took only about 2 minutes to implement "something" with one motion sensor + sonos and SMS alert message to our mobile phones. 10 points from the queen to me.

Thank you guys !

Thank's also from my wife to the team!


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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2015, 01:08:57 pm »
Ride the appreciation wave as long as you can. It took me weeks to get a motion sensor deadband just right so my wife could "turn off this stupid light without it turning back on."
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #34 on: December 26, 2015, 01:19:50 pm »
Figured to work off my triptophan overdose today and concentrate on tweaking my Sonos setup.

Step 1: Since both my Play:1 have static IP addresses assigned by my DHCP server, I removed the uPnP plugin as it shouldn't really be needed. I also set both logs and queue to Off.

Step 2: Figuring out how to make simple scenes to play eg Pandora stations. I found the simplest way to do this is to whatever station you want as a favorite station in the Sonos app itself. Now all I had to do to play that station from a scene is copy below LUUP snippet into the 'Run LUUP code' session. (Make sure to change DEVICE# to the device # of your Sonos device and the FAVNAME behind SF: to the name of the station as it appears in the favorites list in the Sonos app)

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luup.call_action("urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:Sonos1", "PlayURI", {URIToPlay="SF:FAVNAME"}, DEVICE#) 

This darn plugin is gonna make me spend money on at least one more Play:1 speaker.
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2015, 03:05:15 pm »
Since both my Play:1 have static IP addresses assigned by my DHCP server, I removed the uPnP plugin as it shouldn't really be needed. I also set both logs and queue to Off.
Explain? I have the same setup; static IP to everything, assigned by DHCP server. I installed the uPnP plugin to Vera because it was called for in the Sonos plugin wiki, but I've done literally nothing with it. What's the justification for removal? I never knew what it was doing anyway, I suppose.

This darn plugin is gonna make me spend money on at least one more Play:1 speaker.
You're not kidding.

Worse, for me, is an empty 4' x 10' shelf/sheetrock platform I have that sits below a high 2nd-floor window above the stairs. It hides the HVAC air handler unit in the garage, and I assume some duct work. It is ideally positioned for a Play:x to send sound throughout the 2nd floor, but there's no outlet within 15' of there. I'm probably going to have to cut some investigative holes to see how I can route some romex into a box in that platform.

But first... one Connect for the intercom and one Connect:Amp for the outside speakers.

I have RTFM but still don't know whether the AUX-IN connection for the Connect:Amp is available as an audio source to then stream to other units/groups/zones. Any ideas?
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2015, 03:26:53 pm »
I've removed the uPnP before and the result was that one of my Sonos kept dropping out of the system.  So the plugin seems to be beneficial, at least to me.

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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #37 on: December 26, 2015, 04:59:45 pm »
From what I gather is that the uPnP plugin makes it easier for the Sonos plug in to discover Sonos devices on the network. Like all other devices, I set the Sonos to a fixed IP based on their MAC. I only installed the uPnP plugin for Sonos and from what I can see, on my network, it seems not needed. I've had both Play:1 (grouped) stream a Pandora radio station alternating with a SiriusXM (Good use for the 6 months sub that came with my car) station. Not one hickup. Granted, I have made sure to have good WiFi coverage and bandwidth in my house. Although for some reason the Play:1 units are only Wireless G and not Wireless N or AC. Would have been nice to get them on the less crowed 5GHz band.
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2015, 05:08:32 pm »
VeraLite, UI5, Sonos, Nest, RFXtrx , Window Shades,  Virtualclock, Harmony Plugin, Cameras, dimmers, switchs, sensors and Myvera.

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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #39 on: December 27, 2015, 04:39:47 am »
Please, when you don't know, don't provide bad advice to the community.
The UPnP event proxy has nothing to do with UPnP device discovery !
The UPnP event proxy plugin must not be uninstalled except if you have a very good reason and if you understand why you uninstall it.
The role of this event proxy is:
1 - provide a fast (almost immediate) refresh of data through a notification mechanism between the Sonos devices and the Vera as soon as a data is updated
2 - avoid an overload of your Vera due to the fact that all data have to be requested every 15 seconds if the event proxy is not present.
3 - without the event proxy, the Sonos plugin is very active and you increase the risk of more frequent Vera reloads
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #40 on: December 27, 2015, 07:38:10 am »
Thanks @lolodomo, that helps.

Although, to be fair, no one claimed to have a firm hold on uPNP's raison d'etre. I'm glad you found this thread & provided the info.
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #41 on: December 27, 2015, 09:06:00 am »
@lolodomo: Since you made the Sonos plugin, you best know it's requirements. I better re-install the uPnP plugin then. I'm trying to keep my units as lean as possible and had stumbled across at least one other thread where people had uninstalled the uPnP plugin.

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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #42 on: December 28, 2015, 05:28:08 am »
@lolodomo: Since you made the Sonos plugin, you best know it's requirements. I better re-install the uPnP plugin then. I'm trying to keep my units as lean as possible and had stumbled across at least one other thread where people had uninstalled the uPnP plugin.

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The plugin was initially built to work without the UPnP event proxy. I have not tested it myself without the event proxy since ages.

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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #43 on: December 28, 2015, 11:01:53 am »
I ran it yesterday for a few more hours without the uPnP and kept an eye on Vera's CPU and memory utilization (Gotta love those Virtual Panels) and then re-installed the uPnP plugin and configred both Sonos units to use it. After which I kept an eye on CPU and memory utilization again for a few hours. The difference in CPU utilization is negligable and  the uPnP plugin does not seem to use much additional memory either.
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Re: What interesting things have you done with Sonos?
« Reply #44 on: December 28, 2015, 01:10:56 pm »
Sounds like a 'six in one hand, half-dozen in the other' situation.

I just thought of something I want to try. I don't have wind chimes at my house. I think I'd like to hear wind chimes occasionally if it's windy outside.

My wife LOVES the addition of music to the house, but the integration with Vera... not as much.
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