Wireless speakers are rising in popularity thanks to their convenient portability. Unlike wired speakers, these devices offer additional perks such as water resistance that increase longevity. Though wireless speakers are amazingly useful, these gadgets do not always provide 100% connectivity.
Nearly all wireless speakers can be effortlessly connected to a compatible device, such as a computer or a smartphone. But they may not always sync as seamlessly as promised. This article explains how to connect a wireless speaker perfectly to the device of your choice:
How to Sync a Wireless Speaker with a Compatible Device : 5 Things You Should Note
- Buy the Right Type of Wireless Speaker
Firstly, the type of wireless speaker matters a lot when it comes to establishing a reliable connection. These speakers rely on different types of wireless technology, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, AirPlay, and so on. These technologies all provide the same function, but each works quite differently.
The most common wireless speakers are Bluetooth devices, popular due to the affordability. A Bluetooth speaker can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device located within 33 feet (or up to 50 feet in some cases). And it’s not difficult to find Bluetooth-compatible devices since almost all modern handheld devices, computers, and even smart TV sets support this technology.
After Bluetooth, Wi-Fi speakers are popular because they offer a higher-end resolution in comparison. However, Wi-Fi devices tend to be more expensive and are reliant on an internet connection, often a router at home. AirPlay is essentially Apple’s version of Wi-Fi.
The most suitable wireless technology for you would depend on usage. For example, if you want to stream music between an iPhone and a Mac, and AirPlay-enabled speaker would be the best choice. But if you want to sync the speaker with multiple gadgets such as an Android phone, an Amazon smart TV, and a tablet, then a widely compatible Bluetooth would be the best bet.
Also, take note of the range. Bluetooth, for example, covers a range of less than 50 feet, which is suited for only a limited area in most homes. To stream music wirelessly throughout the house, a better option would be a multi-room wireless speaker system.
Therefore, to achieve the best connection, choose the right wireless technology for the speaker.
- Reset Settings before Pairing with a New Device
The most common reason some devices fail to connect to wireless speakers is prior settings. If the device was previously synced to a different wireless gadget, then it might not recognize the new one. To navigate this problem, reset the sync setting on the smartphone or the computer. Remove any old “remembered” devices for the device to identify the new wireless speaker.
It’s highly recommended to purchase a wireless speaker that can sync with multiple devices at once to avoid syncing problems. If a wireless speaker is only capable of syncing with one device at a time, then it would connect with the closest gadget that supports a tech like Bluetooth. The user would have to reset the connection to sync to a different device. Such a problem can easily be avoided with a speaker that can support being connected to more than one device at a time.
- Eliminate Avoidable Interference
Wireless signals can be blocked or distorted due to various interference between the speaker and the connected device. Some interference, such as walls, could pose a problem. However, users can take steps to prevent or minimize signal interference.
Wireless speakers will not work as smoothly if there are multiple devices in a room sending out wireless signals. It usually leads to competition for airspace. To prevent this problem, disable wireless signals on devices that are not in use or don’t need the wireless feature turned on all the time.
- Mind the Range
Users often stretch the wireless range as far as possible. Rather, users should keep devices within the recommended wireless range. For Bluetooth, this is usually 33 feet. The closer the wireless speaker is to the device, the stronger the sound signal would be.
Look up the range for the wireless speaker recommended in the user manual. Try to keep your speaker within this range to prevent any weakening. Keep this range in mind when setting up home theater systems or homebound music streaming systems.
- Update Software
This is particularly important when pairing a wireless speaker with a computer. Computers have driver software that enables wireless tech like Bluetooth. Certain newer speakers may not connect to computers if the driver is outdated. Therefore, keep all wireless driver software up-to-date.
Not only does this ensure that wireless devices are connected and perform well, but it’s also important for the security of your computer and wireless device.
Last but not least, the performance of your wireless speaker will depend on the quality of the device. Quality is determined by factors such as durability, longevity, and sturdiness. Refer to customer reviews before buying a product, to differentiate between quality products and knockoffs. Choose a wireless speaker with a warranty for free service if the device doesn’t connect as advertised.
Tracy Plunkettis a technology researcher and a blogger. A former tech journalist, she focuses on consumer devices intended for personal use. Tracy works in San Francisco but frequently travels to NYC.