Sometimes connectivity issues on your Wi-Fi network can cause problems with the performance of Wireless Collection products. These include dropouts, when audio playback is interrupted in one or more rooms during a song, stuttering, when a song has small skips while you are listening to it, and lost connections, where a speaker is completely disconnected from the streaming group.
In most instances, these issues are each caused by your Wi-Fi set up, and can be easily fixed with a simple upgrade to your network. Not only will your Wireless Collection products work better, your overall experience with Wi-Fi at home should improve quite a bit.
Here are some specific conditions to check for if you are experiencing connectivity issues:
Older routers / crowded network conditions:
- You have a router provided by your Internet Service Provider, or
- Your router is 802.11g (or lower),or
- Your router is five years old (or older), or
- You are using Wireless Collection products in an area with many wireless networks nearby, or
- You are using Wireless Collection products in an environment with a lot of wireless devices (like phone systems, earpieces, headphones, or microwaves)
We recommend upgrading to a new router/access point, with 802.11n dual band wireless. The upgrade will improve the performance of all of your streaming activities, not just the Wireless Collection. Click here for a list of specifications and routers we recommend (link to FAQ that details recommended routers).
Large streaming range or difficult streaming environment:
- You live in a larger home, or
- Your Wireless Collection products are placed beyond several thick walls or floors
Be sure you have a top quality router, as suggested above. Plus, we recommend adding one or more additional wireless access points to your network. This will extend the range and reliability of your Wi-Fi at home.
Building materials that hinder Wi-Fi:
- Your Wireless Collection products are in an area with a lot of pipes, metal, tile or water flow
These materials may be interfering with the Wi-Fi signal getting to the speaker, causing dropouts. Try moving the speaker a few feet away from the area.
Wireless network extenders aren’t working:
- You are using wireless network extenders at home, and still experiencing performance issues
We recommend wiring the extended access points to your main router.
Competing audio products disrupting the network:
- You have another wireless audio system in your home that uses the Wi-Fi network
We recommend disconnecting or unplugging it when your Wireless Collection products are in use. Some of these products (like those from Sonos and Samsung) use hubs and network extenders that are not Wi-Fi certified. These products may disrupt normal Wi-Fi traffic even when they are not active.
If you are curious about why these conditions cause problems for your Wi-Fi performance, please call Customer Support at 800-228-7148.
What do I need to get started?
To get started using your wireless product you will need to have the following: - Personal Electronic Device (smartphone, tablet or computer) - App (Definitive Technology app and Definitive Technology Utility app) - Router for Wireless Connection (we highly recommend using an 802.11ac or newer router in the 5Ghz band)
Which music services are available for my wireless product?
We currently have Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Amazon Prime, Sirius XM, Deezer, KKBOX, QQMusic, Rhapsody, Internet Radio and many more.
What are the recommended Wi-Fi routers and specifications?
Wireless Collection products are compatible with all routers that are Wi-Fi certified and meet Wi-Fi standards. Uncertified routers may cause problems for your Wireless Collection products. Recommended Specifications While all certified routers should work, for the optimal Wireless Collection streaming experience, we recommend using a router that is rated at least “N600”. This designation means the router supports 802.11n dual band with a speed of 300Mbps on each band. You’ll see the rating “N600” in the router name, or on the front of the box. These are the detailed N600 specifications you should look for: LAN Ports: WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T Antenna: 2 x antenna for 2.4 GHz with 3.8dBi gain 3 x antenna for 5 GHz with 5.1dBi gain Memory: 8 MB flash and 128 MB RAM Operating Frequency: Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz Data Rate: 802.11n: up to 300Mbps Please note that these are recommendations and not requirements. The Wireless Collection does work with routers with lower performance specifications, and the experience may be acceptable or good. However, using a router with these performance levels will dramatically reduce the chances that your network set up will interfere with the enjoyment of your Wireless Collection products. Examples of Routers that meet this specification: This series of routers has reliable and consistent performance in our internal testing and strong customer reviews. We’ve organized them in a “Good, Better, Best” format:
If you’re using the updated Definitive Technology app for iOS and still have questions after reading the helpful in-app guide, please call customer service at 800.638.7276.