In the exact same method as broadcasted television as well as video playback has altered into streaming, IP-TV as well as “on-demand” watching whenever you like, anywhere you like, likewise playback of music is changing. A music system ought to nowadays be a part of the house automation system, being able to set-up for different scenarios. It ought to likewise be able to be controlled from where ever you want.

OpenRemote provides a great summary of your integrated products, however what was missing was the integration of my multi-room music system from Sonos. Sonos introduced their first product 2005 as a high-end multi-room music system: simple installation, wireless, with almost no requirement of cabling. With Sonos your personal music collection, radio channels, Spotify as well as numerous other music services ended up being available, embedded in only one product accessible as well as managed private for every room. Sonos gadgets produce their own WiFi network SonosNET to share info as well as stream music between each other without drain the performance of your own network.  It is possible to link your own amplified speakers, your own amplifier or utilize wireless speakers from Sonos.

Sounds like a ideal service ? The lack of possible methods to integrate with these products, made numerous house automation integrators needed to opt for other solutions.

The Sonos OpenRemote integration – With the Sonos OpenRemote integration your music solution comes one step better to a completely integrated home automation system. now you can manage your Sonos music system not only by the devoted Sonos remote or by your phone.  Sonos OpenRemote integration likewise makes it possible to control functions like “change track” or “increase the volume” as in my situation by KNX gadgets like physical buttons, or automated by defined events such as “turn of the music when I leave the house”.

The OpenRemote integration adds the most common commands to your own OpenRemote (UI) graphical user interface design such as play/pause/next track/volume etc, as well as add the possibilities of screen info like the current track playing.  Another extra feature, is that it´s now possible to reach the Sonos system outside your regional WiFi network.

How does it work? By installing Node.js which is a platform based on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime, you will be able to run the “Sonos HTTP API” server software. The “Sonos HTTP API” server will do the translation of the Sonos commands to “http” commands that OpenRemote can translate as well as execute.  With the API server up as well as running you can freely create “http” commands in the OpenRemote designer to communicate with your Sonos devices. Enjoy your new integrated music system where OpenRemote take care of even one much more function in your house.  See OpenRemote ‘How To – Sonos’ as well as the Sonos house page

Reproduced from the October / December 2013 newsletter with kind consent of Henrik Gjörloff and

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