FAQ’s Lode Audio Server

How many zones of audio can Lode handle?

Taking advantage of Lode’s LodeNet protocol, the Lode server can scale to as many zones as your network bandwidth can handle without the need for a matrix. The caveat to this, is that the iOS and Android apps will start to struggle with functions like Grouped Volume control when more than 64 zones of audio are present.

How many zones of Airplay can I have?

The Lode server will present an Airplay zone per output. This means that if you have eight zones of audio, Lounge, Kitchen, Master Bed, Patio, etc…. When opening your iOS device’s Airplay options, you will see an Airplay receiver for each room.

How does Lode’s AirPlay work?

The Lode Airplay implementation is an AirPlay bridge, using the AirPlay protocol to connect your AirpPlay device into LodeNet. This provides much lower latency audio playback over Airplay than other AirPlay devices.

What if my network cannot filter multicast traffic?

As per the installers notes, please do not use the Lode server in a network that cannot filter multicast traffic when multicast transport is selected for audio distribution, it simply will not work and will cause performance issues on the network. Go to the Network settings of the Lode Server web config and change the transport mechanism to Unicast.

Is there any recommended networking equipment to be used with Lode?

No, Lode is designed to work with all networking equipment. No issues to date with any switches or routers.

FAQ’s Lode for Sonos

What is the recommended network configuration for the Lode LS1 products?

The LS1 communicates with Sonos using UPNP so your network must support UPNP for the LS1 to be able to work correctly. Most routers and switch combinations will work, however some higher end business grade networking equipment will experience issues if the network is not configured correctly.

To configure your network correctly for the LS1 and Sonos, firstly ensure all the Sonos boxes on the network are hard wired. We then recommend that you disable the WiFi on all Sonos boxes installed on the network. This can be done by obtaining the IP address of the Sonos box and using the following URL to turn off the WiFi http://sonos-box-ip:1400/wifictrl?wifi=persist-off.

The reason this should be done is to overcome Spanning Tree issues that can be created by Sonos. Sonos routes traffic internally from the Mesh to the LAN to enable controllers to be able to communicate with Sonos boxes that are connected on the LAN directly. This can cause issues with some managed switches as packets from the Mesh network are presented to the LAN. As the Mesh is not the same routed network as the LAN, switches may drop these packets as they have no awareness of the source MAC address, as it is not connected to the LAN and is the MAC of the WiFi network adapter in the Sonos Box. By disabling the WiFi you are disabling the Mesh and forcing Sonos to route all traffic via the LAN. We could get more technical here and discuss BPDU packets and device mappings, but to be honest, it’s just simpler to disable all Sonos WiFi and remove the issue if presented.

You will also find that disabling the WiFi for Sonos boxes on a wired network will have extra benefits as WiFi channels are not tied up in the property.

Which Sonos devices does the LS1 support?

  • ZP90
  • ZP120
  • Connect
  • Connect Amp
  • Play S5
  • Play S3
  • Play 1
  • Play Bar

How many zones of Sonos will the LS1 support?

The LS1 will support up to 32 zones of Sonos. You should be aware that much like other devices added to your control system, the more zones you add the more the control system has to do. The LS1 for Sonos makes is possible to deploy up to 32 zones, as all of the Sonos processing requirements are offloaded to the LS1 unit, leaving the control system with a simple CLI.

What happens if Sonos release an update?

We will do our best to release updates as quickly as possible to ensure that there are no issues with the LS1 and Sonos integration, however it is worth checking the Lode website to see what version of the Sonos firmware is currently supported before applying updates.

We should also mention that in the two years of the products life, numerous Sonos updates have been released and we have been unaffected by all updates.

Can I use the Sonos control as well?

It is not the recommended for the LS1. The intention of the product is to support unified control of all aspects of the home through a single control system. However, if you just can’t live without it, there are no compatibility issues.One word of warning is that the Sonos control application can, on occasion, force a firmware update that may not be compatible with the installed LS1 firmware. For compatible LS1 firmware support, please visit the downloads area of the website.

How does the LS1 for Sonos work?

The LS1 exposes a clean lightweight CLI (command line interface) API to any control system wishing to communicate with it. The LS1 unit takes it’s commands from the CLI over a TCP socket and in turn sends commands and queries to the Sonos system on the LAN. All information responses are also fed back to the control system via the LS1’s CLI making two way communication simple.

Does the LS1 support album art?

Yes, the LS1 system does support album art, in fact we go a step further. The LS1 will collect the album art, resize it to a smaller and more manageable, yet configurable size. Cache it. Provide the CLI with a tiny URL, reducing network traffic and ensuring control system string length sizes are not breached. Typical album art is originally 800 x 800, and the touch panel probably only displays a 200 x 200 image. Resizing and caching the image makes the wider system perform much better. All this is configurable within the LS1 configuration web page.