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Bluesound Node 2i stable over wifi?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Fretbuzz, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    As per title, is it issue-free to use over wifi? Any issues? Assuming a decent wifi speed.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2021
  2. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    In my case, using a 5GHz WiFi network it's perfectly stable.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2021
  3. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    Yes, assuming its location allows a good strong wifi signal and there aren't too many other devices running simultaneously, which have high bandwidth requirements.
     
  4. wd40addict

    wd40addict pfm Member

    Working fine on 2.4GHz here.
     
  5. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    Cheers.

    Is the 2i better than the 2 (none-i) in this regard? I've read it had a better wifi hardware...
     
  6. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    It was bollox on wifi for me. I wired it and now no problems.
     
  7. kabayiri

    kabayiri pfm Member

    The node2i will work on either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz channels, as others have mentioned.
    5Ghz has shorter range but faster speeds.
    It does also depend on your house layout and how many devices.
     
  8. Tillybroon

    Tillybroon Member

    In my upstairs room (with router downstairs) my Node 2i has always worked fine. In this room my phone/laptop/iPad all show strong signal strength while the node (within diagnostics) states a weak signal. Always works fine though - so don't be discouraged if you also find an alleged weak signal.
     
  9. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    The Node 2i supports the newer 802.11ac WiFi standard. The Node 2 supports the older 802.11n standard. Both work well and are capable of streaming high resolution lossless audio, as long as you do not place too many obstacles between the streamer and the wireless router or access point.
     
  10. kristoffer

    kristoffer Danish Hi Fi NERD

    No problem here. I have fairly recently updated my wifi, the extender solution I had before was a bad match for the Bluesound.
     
  11. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    Thanks all. Sounds pretty good then. I'd rather not need a wired connection, and drop-outs would kill it for me.

    With the £100 price reduction they had last year - do we know if there's a new model on the way?

    Could you put that down to anything in particular?
     
  12. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    It is a safe bet that Bluesound is quietly working on its next generation of products, but as a Bluesound retailer I can tell you that last year's promotional discount was not related to a new product release.

    I have yet to encounter a WiFi or other network issue with a Bluesound product that was not down to the network itself. In terms of WiFi specifically, there is a limit to the useful maximum range which is determined by a combination of the distance from the wireless router or access point and the number and type of obstacles that signals must pass through or be reflected around. WiFi networks also have a finite capacity, because the bandwidth is shared with all of the other devices on the network as well as with any neighbouring networks which use the same or overlapping radio channels. I have tried Bluesound products with all of the most popular solutions to WiFi range and capacity problems, including range extenders, mesh networks, multiple access points and power line adapters, all without any problems. If you buy your Bluesound product here, and encounter a problem which cannot be solved by sorting out the network, I will be happy to give you your money back.
     
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