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Old 12-21-2011, 02:04 AM   #1
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So I just spent a half hour trying to connect my parent's $1000 brand new tv to their wireless network only to find that they'll need to buy an $80 usb adapter to do this. My Bluray player at home hooks right up to my network. I think I spent about $100 on it. Can anyone explain to me why a Bluray player has this built in but a tv that cost 10 times as much doesn't?

Nice tv Dad but if you want it to be super cool you need to spend more money on it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:43 AM   #2
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So I just spent a half hour trying to connect my parent's $1000 brand new tv to their wireless network only to find that they'll need to buy an $80 usb adapter to do this. My Bluray player at home hooks right up to my network. I think I spent about $100 on it. Can anyone explain to me why a Bluray player has this built in but a tv that cost 10 times as much doesn't?

Nice tv Dad but if you want it to be super cool you need to spend more money on it.
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What kind of TV is it? Most of them don't require a dongle these days
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Sounds like a black friday model where they strip out a lot of the features. I thought all new tvs had them now.

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It's because many of them have limited features via USB and it's prefferred they be wired to a media network.

There are exceptions now that network media has become more prolific.

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What model of TV is it?

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My Bluray player is the same. It was right when they started adding wifi to the models. I would have to buy the $80 usb dongle to get wireless. Luckily I had an old router turned wireless bridge to use instead.

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This essentially is the most confusing thing in consumer electronics, i.e. XYZ vs. XYZ-READY.

WIFI-READY means it's capable of using WIFI with the external dongle. WIFI included is usually the term to look for. Even a gadget geek like me has to stand there scrutinizing the spec sheet or box to figure out which is which. Most new TVs and Bluray players don't pull the wifi-ready marketing scam anymore.

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The tv is a Samsung. Knowing my dad, it was the one Consumer Reports told him to buy. It's got an ethernet port, so the problem could be remedied with a 30 dollar wireless bridge. To be honest, I don't think they'd use it if the thing were connected. It just seems ridiculous that the tv doesn't have it. The sub $100 Visio in their bedroom even has built in wireless.

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