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Why Can’t I Control My Outdoor Speakers from My Deck?

Now that Spring has arrived, many of our clients have added or are adding music to their outdoor Living Spaces. After selecting the right speakers for the space and type of amplifier needed, one critical step is often overlooked, the strength of your Wi-Fi network outdoors. With today’s streaming music amplifiers, whether it’s Sonos or Bose, good Wi-Fi is needed outdoors to control the system. Although your amplifier is installed indoors and can connect to your Wi-fi network, once you step outside, the strength of your network may drop off considerably. This will affect the ability to control your system. Here is a simple step to test if your problem is the system or is Wi-Fi related. Step inside your home and try to control the outdoor speakers with the system’s phone app. If you can control the system, the issue is with the strength of your outdoor Wi-Fi. The solution for this problem is to install a hard-wired outdoor access point. We do not recommend a wireless Access Point since your Wi-Fi signal is already weak, the wireless Access Point will have difficulty connecting to your router. Not only will the Outdoor Access point help you control your music, but it will also improve your overall outdoor internet experience for email, streaming, and browsing. Learn more about outdoor Wi-Fi @ www.wbsouth.com/outdoor-living-internet

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