Installation Guide for Sonos and Buffalo LinkStation

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Installation Guide for Sonos and Buffalo LinkStation

This guide is provided to assist customers who have purchase the Sonos digital music systems and Buffalo LinkStation network storage.

Quick Steps

  1. Connect first Sonos ZonePlayer (BRIDGE, CONNECT, CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:5, PLAY:3) to your wired Local Area Network (LAN)
  2. Connect the Buffalo LinkStationPro to your Local Area Network and power On
  3. Install the Buffalo software from the Installation CD
  4. Create a new Folder in the default share on the Buffalo called "Sonos"
  5. Copy your music files to the new “Sonos” share on the Buffalo LinkStation Pro
  6. Position the other Sonos ZonePlayers (if any)
  7. Install the Sonos Desktop controller software
  8. Configure each of the Zone Players
  9. Configure the Sonos Music library to access the Sonos share on the Buffalo
  10. Relax and enjoy your music!

Connect first Sonos ZonePlayer to your wired Local Area Network

The first Sonos componet, (BRIDGE, CONNECT (ZP90), CONNECT:AMP (ZP120), PLAY:5, PLAY:3), should be connected to your home network using a wired Ethernet connection. Typically this is to a stand-alone Ethernet switch or hub, or more commonly to the built-in switch fitted to most ADSL/Cable broadband router devices.

Connect the Buffalo LinkStation to your Local Area Network and power On

It is recommended that you also connect the Buffalo LinkStationPro to you wire home network. In the above diagram you have the option to connect the Buffalo LinkStationPro to a spare port on the back of the router or to one of the ports on the back of the first ZonePlayer.

Install the Buffalo software from the Installation CD

Insert the Buffalo installation CD and run through the setup procedure. We have included some of the screens below:

Click "Begin Installation"

Click "Connect LinkStation to Network"

Click "Next" through a number of additional steps.

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Eventually a screen similar to that shown above will be displayed.

Note the unique Host name and IP address that has been allocated (LS-GLB88 and 172.30.1.146 in our example). Click "Ok"

The Buffalo LinkStationPro software will continue. Instrall the "BUFFALO NAS Navigator". Click "Install".

The Installation will automatically map the L: drive on Windows PCs to be a share on the LinkStation Pro.

The final summary screen will be displayed showing the details specific your installation.

Create a new Folder in the default share on the Buffalo called "Sonos"

From your Windows computer open "My Computer" you will now see the new Buffalo shared folder mapped as drive L: as shown here:

Open up the L: drive and create a new folder called "Sonos":

Copy your music files to the new “Sonos” folder on the Buffalo LinkStation Pro

Copy/Move your digital music files (MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC etc) to the newly created Sonos folder:

Position the other Sonos ZonePlayers (if any)

Install the other ZonePlayer (wired or wireless now) and connect up the speakers and switch on.

Install the Sonos Desktop controller software

Click "OK" at the default language selection.

The installation will begin:

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The main installation screen will be displayed. Click "Next":

Accept the license agreement.Click "Next"

Accept the suggested installation folder (usually C:\Program Files\Sonos). Click "Next".

Click "Install"

Check the "Lanuch Sonos Desktop Controller" and click "Finish":

The first time the Desktop controller is used the Welcome screen will be displayed. Click "Next".

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Check the "Yes, check for software updates now." (assuming you have a live internet connection) and click "Next".

Configure each of the Zone Players

Click "Next".

Press the "Volume Up" (+) and the mute button together in the ZonePlayer.

The Desktop Controller software should report that the ZonePlayer has been connected to the network successfully.

Click "Finish".

The Main Desktop controller screen will be shown with the connected ZonePlayer(s).

Configure the Sonos Music library to access the Sonos share on the Buffalo

Select the "Set Up Music Library..." option off the "Music" menu in the Desktop Controller software.

Click the "Add a Share" button.

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Select the "Add music stored in folders that are currently shared on my network" option and click "Next".

Enter the path of the network share using the host name displayed in the "Buffalo NAS Client Utility" (LS-GLB88 in our example above).

e.g. \\LS-GBB88\Share

Note that the host name is specific to each installation - you must use the host name that is displayed by your software.

You may also use the ip address in place of the host name - this is also specific to each installation. In our eaxmple we could have used \\172.30.1.146\Share.

Enter the username and password to access this share. The default username and password for the Buffalo LinkStationPro is username admin and password password.

Check the details entered are correct and press "Next".

Note: If you plan to use the LinkStationPro for files other than those used by the Sonos digital music system, for example images and word processing documents, then it is recommened that you create a dedicated share specifically for music files named Music or Sonos. This ensures that the Sonos digital music system will only find and index music files. If we had created a Sonos share in our example we would enter \\LS-GBB88\Sonos as the path. New Shares can be created using the LinkStationPro administration interface found at:
http://<Buffalo LinkstationPro ip address>/cgi-bin/top.cgi
e.g. in our example http://172.30.1.146/cgi-bin/top.cgi

Press "OK" at the confirmation screen.

The system will now index all the music found on the Buffalo LinkStationPro.

Relax and enjoy your music

Once the music has been indexed you will now be able to listen to the music from each of your ZonePlayers!

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