Rocki = Cheap Sonos Alternative?

(Kirsten27) #9

anyone ever hear of this airmobi?

they sell on amazon and in us, and ive seen reports of it working well on other forums… basically same as rocki as far as i can tell, slightly cheaper…

(Kirsten27) #10

do you think rocki will be a choice in the standard app to do things with soon? debating purchase

(Hans Holm) #11

Personally, I wouldn’t count on soon. If you are planing on outfitting your house with multiple audio units, it may be worth the wait.

(Kirsten27) #12

or invest in sonos? =P

(Brian Smith) #13

Keep an eye on the HAM project @scottinpollock is working on as well. As soon as I get back from vacation, I’ll be all over that app!

(Geko) #14

So, have anyone tried Rocki? It’s on Amazon for $49. I’m looking for inexpensive options to add voice notifications for my smart home.

(Eduardo Veras) #15

Hello guys, I have now 5 rockis in my house, they look like are improving very fast, the only missing thing is multi-room sync, I believe I should not be hard to write a smartapp to use it with SmartThings, it has an api to send an stream and to stop music.

(Ule) #16

I have release an generic Media Renderer device type to use some cheap speakers. try it

(Eric Wright) #17

This is definitely interesting. I’ve been looking for a cheap alternative to SONOS and haven’t been able to find one. Heck I was tempted just to start my own business, make my own stupid speaker system, connect it to smartthings, and sell them for way cheaper than sonos with more functionality than sonos and make tons more money. Sonos is nice and all, but it’s WAY overpriced.

(Eduardo Veras) #18

Dont buy Rocki’s, they suck, now i have 5 paperweights in my desk …

…(unless you only use spotify and are a premiun user)

(Douglas) #19

Actually, I have multiple and haven’t had any issues with them - I use Tuneblade to stream the output from my PC and play it throughout the house. Occasionally they get out of sync with TuneBlade, but if you pause the stream momentarily it fixes it. You can also use iTunes to play music on them directly (they show up as individual speakers you can select within the program).

(Eduardo Veras) #20

havent tried it with itunes, gonna try it later today :slight_smile:

(Ule) #21

Hi @Anseld1986 , I have read Rocki support DLNA , could you try the Media Renderer Type to confirm Rocki works with SmartThings, I would appreciate it RELEASE Generic Media Renderer (DLNA Speakers). Cheap Sonos Alternative (Update V2)


Yes! ROCKI uses UPNP and DLNA open standards to stream music and many other apps are compatible with this. In the Google Play store you can find Bubble UPNP which works great with ROCKI and adds a few features such as NAS playback and Google Music.

(Eduardo Veras) #22

i too want to know if it works :slight_smile: i have 5 rockis but no hub

(Douglas) #23

Sadly, I have no hub right now, or I would gladly test it out =(
As soon as I get this rectified, I’ll let you know…

(Ule) #24

Rocki is confirmed by @rog is working with SmartThings

(Ule) #25

I think the cheapest way to SOUND to SmartThings could be this

Lario HD Airplay DLNA 30 pin adapter.

Convert your old dock speaker in DLNA and Airplay

It have DLNA and would works with Generic Media Renderer

Now $14.99 in amazon

(Eric Wright) #26

Hey everyone, I may have found a solution:

check it out. use teamspeak or mumble or ventrilo, but you don’t need a high setup for a reliable wifi audio system. grab some random smart devices that can access the wifi network and install teamspeak (or whatever), and just aux them into a speaker you get off someone and BOOM, there you go. A cheap, but very effective alternative to buying a sonos speaker system.

(Tom forti) #27

Anyone know where I can still get the lario HD AirPlay?


Seems we can integrate Rocki with SmatThings

Haven’t tried it yet…