I bought Sonos Move for cheap and I decided to add it in Home Assistant, so I can make it kind of a smart speaker.
I managed to make it play my music, custom sound effects and Text-To-Speech (TTS) announcements all of that automatically or after some events for example when I enter the room.
Now, I can also monitor the Sonos Move battery and the microphone state in my Home Assistant as well as bunch of other cool stuff
More on that later, because now you may wonder what Sonos Move is and why I bought exactly this speaker and not something else.
Let’s find out together.
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Why Sonos Move?
There are a lot Sonos speaker models with different purposes and form factors even IKEA use them but they are adding their strange names as usual (IKEA Symfonisk).
I choose the Sonos Move, because I can use it anywhere, inside or outside. It sounds great, its battery can lasts a long time. I can connect to it using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Apple Air Play 2 to play music. Plus, it has an embedded Alexa in it.
But most importantly, I bought Sonos Move, because I knew that Home Assistant integration is good and because my Camper doesn’t have a good & loud music inside and the camper Itself is noisy, especially at higher speeds (90km/h haha). I wanted to be able to listen to audio books while I’m traveling and books are usually even quieter than songs. So, I needed sound power and Sonos Move 1 was a perfect fit.
Why not Sonos Move 2?
I know that there is Sonos Move 2 now but it is far more expensive. These people are crazy. See for yourself if you don’t believe me – Amazon Link
And from my point of view Sonos Move 1 and Move 2 are not that much different. Move 1 can be found a lot cheaper now and it is a hell of a speaker. If you want to check the current prices of both Move 1 and Move 2 you can use the affiliate links below.
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Home Assistant Sonos Integration
Now the fun part – Sonos Move Home Assistant integration. In general it was an easy and straightforward experience. Home Assistant auto discovered my Sonos Move, once I powered it up and once I added it to my Wi-Fi network using the Sonos App (iOS Link & Android Link) on my phone.
Use Same Network or Do This…
There is one important network requirement here! Most of the time everything will work perfectly and transparently for users who have Home Assistant and Sonos in the same network, but if you are using separate networks, different VLANs and subnets or other network complications – you may have some issues. In such cases for Sonos devices to work well with Home Assistant TCP ports 1400 and 1443 should be opened. If these port are not accessible, there will be slower updates and you will have issues if you want to play Text-to-Speech (TTS) announcements.
Adding Sonos in Home Assistant
To add the Sonos Move (or other Sonos Speaker) in my Home Assistant I just have to go to the Home Assistant Integrations section and configure it with few mouse clicks.
You can use the My Home Assistant Link below to do the same:
As end result, I gained control or remote visibility to the Alarms, Bass, Treble, Loudness, Crossfade, Status Light & Touch Controls represented in Home Assistant as number & switch entities as well as sensors and binary sensors.
Be aware that Status Light & Touch Controls sensors are disabled by default and you have to enable them
Sonos Alarms in Home Assistant
The Home Assistant Sonos integration brings in a switch for every alarm you set in the Sonos app and they come with several attributes that help to monitor Sonos alarms.
Sonos Battery in Home Assistant
Battery sensors work well for Sonos Move 1 devices using S2 firmware. However, Sonos Move speakers still using S1 firmware might not update as often. So if you have such firmware It is recommended to update it from the Sonos App.
For every speaker with a battery, there’s a sensor showing how much battery is left and another sensor indicating if the speaker is turned on or off. The sensor about the power source tells us if the speaker is currently using external power and what specific source it’s using.
Sonos Mic in Home Assistant
The Sonos microphone can’t be turned on or off using Home Assistant. You can only control it by pressing the buttons on the actual Sonos device.
but there’s a sensor in Home Assistant that shows if the microphone is currently on or off.
What can Sonos Play in Home Assistant?
Sonos can be used as Media Player in Home Assistant and can play different types of media like songs, podcasts, or playlists using the “media_player.play_media” function.
You can use Spotify, Tidal, Plex, or even direct links to songs stored online or locally. Of course, If you want to use music services like Spotify, they need to be set up first in the Sonos app.
Announcements in Home Assistant using Sonos
You can make Sonos to play announcements or audio alerts, like a doorbells and anything you wish, by setting the announce feature to true.
In the example below the audio file that I want to be played is upload in the Home Assistant built-in webserver which is freely accessible in my Home Network.
To use the same functionality you just have to upload the file in the homeassistant/www folder, but to refer to it as your Home Assistant IP and Port slash local slash the name of the audio file. These two samples below can be executed from the Home Assistant Developer Tools.
When you use announce, it plays the audio you choose over the current music, lowers the volume for the announcement, and then goes back to the previous volume when it’s done. You can also set a specific volume level for the alert if you want.
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Home Assistant Sonos Automation
Here is one simple demo automation that will make my Sonos Move to play music automatically when presence is detected. I’m using this cheap DIY Presence sensor that I build myself for an automation trigger and this is the full YAML code for the Home Assistant automation.
alias: When someone move start Sonos Move
- type: motion
device_id: 15d49101732949114ddaf6952fe63b52 #change this with yours
entity_id: a7fdbf18bca5fae36218bc21103d1d92 #change this with yours
- service: media_player.play_media
media_content_id: http://10.0.0.5:8123/local/Robot_City.mp3 #change this with yours
Now if you’re looking to start or expand your Smart Home, the next thing you should do is to register for my upcoming Home Assistant webinar, it is all free and the registration link is below:
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