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Old 08-01-2008, 09:32 PM   #1  
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I don't have a Blu-ray player and HDTV right now, but I plan on getting them around the time that Sleeping Beauty comes out on Blu-ray. Anyways, the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray edition has this new BD Live bonus stuff. I believe the Sony PlayStation3 as well as the Sony BDP-S350 and the Sony BDP-S550 and one other Blu-ray player (that I don't think is Sony) can play the BD Live bonus stuff if I connect it to internet.

Anyways, I am kinda new to HD stuff and there is a lot that I don't know. How do I connect the Blu-ray player to the internet? We have high speed internet comcast in the office and my Blu-ray player will go in my room. Someone at Best Buy said that I could either have a connection from my Blu-ray player in my room to my internet connection in my office or that I could get a wireless router if I get a PlayStation3. I don't like the idea of a long wire going from my room to the office, so I would want to go with a wireless router or something. Is the PlayStation3 the only Blu-ray player that can be connect to the internet with a wireless router? Also is there another way to connect my Blu-ray player to the internet? I don't really need a PlayStation3, but since it's the same price as the Sony BDP-S350, I might be better off with the PlayStation3 for internet connection even if I never used it to play games.
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I don't have a Blu-ray player and HDTV right now, but I plan on getting them around the time that Sleeping Beauty comes out on Blu-ray. Anyways, the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray edition has this new BD Live bonus stuff. I believe the Sony PlayStation3 as well as the Sony BDP-S350 and the Sony BDP-S550 and one other Blu-ray player (that I don't think is Sony) can play the BD Live bonus stuff if I connect it to internet.

Anyways, I am kinda new to HD stuff and there is a lot that I don't know. How do I connect the Blu-ray player to the internet? We have high speed internet comcast in the office and my Blu-ray player will go in my room. Someone at Best Buy said that I could either have a connection from my Blu-ray player in my room to my internet connection in my office or that I could get a wireless router if I get a PlayStation3. I don't like the idea of a long wire going from my room to the office, so I would want to go with a wireless router or something. Is the PlayStation3 the only Blu-ray player that can be connect to the internet with a wireless router? Also is there another way to connect my Blu-ray player to the internet? I don't really need a PlayStation3, but since it's the same price as the Sony BDP-S350, I might be better off with the PlayStation3 for internet connection even if I never used it to play games.
The beauty of the PS3 is that it has built in wi-fi in addition to an ethernet jack. Whether you go with the PS3 or a stand alone player, you will still need a router to be able to distribute the connection amongst multiple devices (I assume you don't want to plug and unplug the BD player every time you want to use it).

You can get a nice Wireless G router ridiculously cheap now. If you are near a Wal-Mart:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3910279

Otherwise check out newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124010

Once you install the router you will now be able to use your broadband connection with multiple devices (i.e. computer, BD player, etc...). Like I said, the PS3 has built in wi-fi so you wouldn't need to run any cables. I don't know if you can get a wi-fi adapter for any of the stand alone players, maybe someone who knows can provide some insight on that.

I recently bought the PS3 primarily for blu ray since I already have an XBOX 360 which is my preference for gaming. I am very pleased with the PS3 though; it is fast and quiet when it comes to playing BD's.
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:46 PM   #3  
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To wirelessly connect a Blu-ray player to Internet, you need a device that may be called by many names including wireless bridge, wireless gaming adapter, wireless access point, and AP client. Even their prices vary all over since it is hard to compare. I ended up creating a page that lists all the Blu-ray wireless connection options available and their pricing.
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This all depends on which Blu-ray player you're going to get. There are Blu-ray players with built-in WiFi and there are those which don't. If you're planning on buying the one with built-in WiFi, you just need a wireless router for that. Speaking of a wireless router, if you're looking for a good one, I recommend you check out the Netgear Wireless Router for Video and Gaming. You can use this device to connect computers, gaming consoles, notebooks, or wireless printers, and also your networked home theater devices such as Blu-ray players. For more information about Netgear's Wireless Router for Video and Gaming, check out this site: http://www.netgear.com/avseries. Enjoy!

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Old 11-30-2010, 08:39 AM   #5  
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i switched my ps3 to wireless and it drops connection in five minutes, tried a few different channels and talked with provider. all agreed, best it to be wired. id run the wire then no worries.
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i switched my ps3 to wireless and it drops connection in five minutes, tried a few different channels and talked with provider. all agreed, best it to be wired. id run the wire then no worries.
No question ethernet wire is best but I have been using a PS3 with wireless for years without any issues at all. I also have players connected with a Linksys WGA600N without any issues ever. That list provided above by vinaykagarwal is great for those that must use wireless without having a player with built-in Wi-Fi.
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I rented the movie Devil in Blu-ray and put in my Blu-ray player. It tried to load then the counter went to zeroes that stayed there for about 15 seconds then went to all dashes. I called the rental store and they told me that i needed to update my blu-ray player software. I don't have it hooked up to the internet so i can't update that way. The sony support chat told me to download the update for my model and burn the image to cd-rom. I have made five cd-roms into coasters now that dont work in the blu-ray player to update it. I chatted with sony support again and they told me that they cannot step me trough using Nero 10 to burn the update image to cd-rom.

What is happening is when i click on the unzipped .bin file or .id file it reports an unexpected file format when using Nero 10 burning rom software. Has anyone successfully burned a sony software update cd-rom with the update download files? I could really use some help and thanks in advance!!!
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Try downloading the file again and unzip it. You may have had a bad download.

Then you need to burn it as an image file and not just burn it to disk. To do this open NERO and choose RECORDER from the menu bar, and then select BURN IMAGE from the drop down menu.
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Try downloading the file again and unzip it. You may have had a bad download.

Then you need to burn it as an image file and not just burn it to disk. To do this open NERO and choose RECORDER from the menu bar, and then select BURN IMAGE from the drop down menu.
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Thanks for the advice, but the burned disc still was not recognized by my blu-ray player. I went to my last resort and relocated my wireless D-LINK router (DIR-825) downstairs nex to the blu-ray player and my network capable flat screen tv. Updated them both with no problem over the internet. I don't know if i will rent the move "Devil" again just to test if works now. But thanks again.
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Did you burn it as an IMAGE?
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PFCS,

Thanks for the advice, but the burned disc still was not recognized by my blu-ray player. I went to my last resort and relocated my wireless D-LINK router (DIR-825) downstairs nex to the blu-ray player and my network capable flat screen tv. Updated them both with no problem over the internet. I don't know if i will rent the move "Devil" again just to test if works now. But thanks again.
My 350 is doing the same thing even after i updated. The update went fine. But there bds that still won't play. Even bds that use to play in it won't load. I think its something beyond an update, or maybe the player has seen better days. Funny if i add up all the use its gotten, it should still be playing fine. Anything without bd java or + will play[early blu-rays ] But anything with bd java or + won't load. It was doing this before the update, thats why i tried the update. I have wondered how long these bd player last, i'm beginning to get an answer. With the new pricing on blu-ray players now, its not worth it to me to get it fixed, so i got the sony 370. I believe the worse thing the Bda did was adopting bd java. And the recent news i saw was the hackers have cracked the whole thing, with bd java ,bd +. The studios, and the bda need to wake up and get rid of the whole thing, There movies are getting hacked anyways. The studio need to protect there product, but there got to be another way. I know this opens a can of worms, but what happens when joe sixpack buys a blu-ray player and it craps out 2 ,3 years later,and the smart one knows the players needs updates, it is a pain in the ass!

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Is there any reason a standard USB Wireless Adapter wouldn't work with my Blu-Ray player? I already have a home network set-up with a Netgear Router and a good wireless signal throughout the house.
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The problem is the USB connections on BD players are NOT computer USB ports. They are hardwired programmed to do certain functions not all USB possible functions like on a computer.

If the USB controlling chip and player firmware are not designed/mfg to do that function then it will not work. Most BD players have a limited sub-set of all USB functions so they do not do it all like computer USB ports do. Just look at most USB connections and how they do not play back many (and sometimes no) movie file formats.

You are better off getting a wireless gaming bridge and then THAT is wireless and you connect it locally via an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet input on the BD player. Something like this for $45.00:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...RSRX23532AW0HP
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The problem is the USB connections on BD players are NOT computer USB ports. They are hardwired programmed to do certain functions not all USB possible functions like on a computer.

If the USB controlling chip and player firmware are not designed/mfg to do that function then it will not work. Most BD players have a limited sub-set of all USB functions so they do not do it all like computer USB ports do. Just look at most USB connections and how they do not play back many (and sometimes no) movie file formats.

You are better off getting a wireless gaming bridge and then THAT is wireless and you connect it locally via an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet input on the BD player. Something like this for $45.00:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...RSRX23532AW0HP
I have that brand and it works great with my BD 370.
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Thanks. It's odd, the wireless USB kinda worked, I could configure Netflix, etc. But can't stream Netflix. Bummer, I'll look into that piece of hardware you recommend.
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