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Steps to add Speakers to 5.1.2 Surround Sound
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018
Great speakers once you get them connected, the problem is that was a huge headache for me (at first). So much so, that I spent 3 days tinkering with these and my wireless network settings to no avail, only to box everything up in frustration with the intent on sending it all back. Fortunately, once I cooled off and waited for the holiday weekday to pass I called Yamaha, and thankfully they got me working.
Initially, I could only get one speaker to add to my wireless network, but the second speaker simply would not add. I thought maybe it was a bad speaker, so I exchanged it at the store, but sure enough the new speaker also would not connect. After 3 days of trying, I finally called Yamaha, and they said it was common, and that a better method was available (though not in any manuals or guides).
SO, if you are pulling your hair out trying to get your receiver and two speakers to connect for rear surround sound, here is the EASY way (using a receiver and two speakers):
1) HARD WIRE the receiver over ethernet and add it to the Yamaha Music Cast app.
2) Temporarily HARD WIRE the first speaker via ethernet as well, then add the device in the music cast app (give it a specific name like “Surround Left”)
3) Click on the SPEAKER in the music cast app, and go to information > network settings (then notate the IP address)
4) Open a browser on your PC, and go directly to the IP address of the speaker
5) Click on network settings
6) Click on "wired" and it should let you change it to "wireless"
7) Enter the SSID, security type, and password of your wireless network, then click OK
8) Disconnect the ethernet cable, & reboot the speaker (it should connect on its own over wireless now)
9) Now REMOVE the speaker from the music cast app altogether
10) Since the speaker is still connected to your wireless network, you should be able to reconnect it back into the music cast app by holding down “connect” on the top of the speaker for 5 seconds.
11) Repeat steps 2-10 with the second speaker
12) Once the receiver and two speakers are showing up in the app, CLOSE the music cast app completely (swipe up on an iOS device)
13) Re-open the app, click on the receiver, choose "music cast surround speakers" and now add the two speakers.
14) Once you see the “successful” message you should be set with wireless surround.
Why these speakers have so much trouble being added wirelessly, or why Yamaha does not add the above steps in their manual is beyond me, but now that everything is connected properly they work great!
ALSO: While the advertisement of the Yamaha Receiver and these speakers say they only work in 5.1 setups, the receiver DOES allow adding two extra "front presence" (i.e. height) speakers, making it 5.1.2 ....... (which is basically like 7.1), FYI
****** 8/6/19 UPDATE *****
I noticed after a while the speakers began going "in and out" occasionally. To fix this (which may have been overkill, but it worked for me) I moved everything wireless in my house to my 2.4Ghz "N" network, and reserved my 5Ghz "AC" network for nothing but these speakers. I also put a network extender in the room where these speakers are, so that the signal was uninterrupted through walls. Once I did those two things they've never once sounded choppy.
Hope this helps others =)