As part of CES 2016Insteon has announced that it will be integrating Sonos speakers into its connected home system. Using Insteon's wall keypads and hubs, you'll be able to control your Sonos speakers as you would many other smart home devices.
Sonos speakers can be integrated into your scenes. This allows you to add music to your custom lighting setups, so you can hear a gentle tune when waking up, for instance. In addition to Insteon's own keypad, you'll be able to control your Sonos speaker through the Insteon for Hub app for iPhone and iPad (opens in new tab), which will be updated this week with support for Sonos.
Insteon Integrates with Sonos
Control Sonos Speakers from the Insteon Hub app, wall keypads, wireless remotes and sensors
CES – Las Vegas – January 6, 2016 – Insteon®, creators of the world's premier home automation and control technology, today announced integration with Sonos. Audiophiles can now include their Sonos speakers as part of Insteon's connected home system, providing customizable control from Insteon wall keypads, handheld remotes and sensors. Insteon will be highlighting the Sonos integration and its comprehensive line of connected home solutions during CES® in booth 70723, located in the upper level of Tech West, Sands Expo.
Through this integration, music can now play a part in custom Insteon lighting scenes so that while the lights slowly fade on in the morning, gentle music resonates throughout the home and the coffee starts brewing. Alternatively, at dusk, the lights could fade on while users arrive home to their favorite dinner prep playlist.
For on-the-fly sound adjustments, users are liberated from having to pull out their smartphones. By assigning functions like volume up/down or station change to Insteon wall keypads, Sonos owners can easily control their speakers as they walk in and out of rooms or when they simply do not want the hassle of dealing with an app. It's easy for homeowners to replace normal wall switches with Insteon keypads that can be used to control the existing light, while adding additional buttons for control of Sonos speakers or other lights and appliances throughout the home. Users can also pick up an Insteon wireless remote from the coffee table and instantly enjoy control at their fingertips. Insteon will be offering pre-printed keypad buttons specifically for Sonos related functions, which will make basic sound control even easier for anyone to use and understand.
"Integration with Sonos will be a very compelling feature for new and existing Insteon customers who want to incorporate beautiful, crisp musical control into their home, creating a comprehensive home automation experience," said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. "Offering Sonos control from our keypads and remotes removes one of biggest barriers to the enjoyment of smart audio systems and offers homeowners a seamless integration of lights, music and more. In that sense, this announcement is yet another example of Insteon achieving its overall goal of bringing all connected devices into elegant command."
Sonos integration for iOS will be available this week in the App Store. Compatibility for Android will come soon thereafter. For more information, please visit www.insteon.com/sonos.
Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
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