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31-Dec-2009, 11:44 AM #1
Solved: Problems connecting Blu Ray to WLAN
I just bought a new Samsung Blu Ray player that came wireless ready, but I cannot connect it to my home network. I have a laptop, desktop, and wireless printer hub all set up on my network, but cannot get my Blu Ray player to connect. I tried it with DHCP enabled, and then I disabled it and tried to manually assign IP address, Gateway, DNS etc. (which I have done before and am confident I was doing coeerctly), but all attempts failed. I was getting a strong signal from my wireless router (Actiontec GT701-W, Qwest service), but when entering the WEP key, the connection could not be made. Two things that are really frustrating me:
1) I am POSITIVE I was using the correct security Key (went to my router's address to verify)
2) There is no error code to help me determine what is wrong, just a connection failed message.

Any thoughts on something else I can try? NOTE-my router is upstairs, Blu Ray downstairs, to ethernet connection not ideal.

Any help would be appreciated!
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31-Dec-2009, 02:54 PM #2
take the wireless secruity key off and try it that way - see if it will at least connect
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01-Jan-2010, 08:27 PM #3
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So I made some progress. Thanks for the advice, but I was able to get connected. However, I lose connections sporadically. When I bought the Blu Ray player, I bought a Samsung surround sound speaker system with wireless rear speakers. Any time I turn them on when the player is connected, if I turn on the speakers I believe the signal from wireless speakers interferes with the signal to the player--is this possible?
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02-Jan-2010, 05:41 AM #4
yes, if the speakers use the same frequency
Log into the router and change the wireless channel being used
if possible keep to 1 or 6 or 11

download this program
http://www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php

instal and run
it will show you all the wireless routers devices being broadcast in your area - you can see what channels are in use and change to one that is used the least -
If you change the channel you may fix the speaker issue but get interference from other routers in your area - hence the suggestion above
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04-Jan-2010, 11:59 PM #5
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yes, if the speakers use the same frequency
Log into the router and change the wireless channel being used
if possible keep to 1 or 6 or 11
My understanding is that even if they are on different frequencies they could "clog the airwaves" so to speak. At any rate, I have determined that the best option was to return the "open box" item and get a brand new unit, as well as return the surround sound w/wireless rear speakers. Just not necessary for the way my home theater system is set up.

To follow up: as soon as I got my NEW Blu Ray unit (wirelessly) connected to the internet, I was asked permission for the unit to perform a firmware update--as soon as this happened, it made me wonder if the issue with the "open box" item I purchased wasn't laced to a botched firmware update from the initial owner...

Glad I decided to get a new unit either way!

By the way, thank you for the software link--I imagine it will be quite useful at some point in the near future for me!
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