Monday, April 26, 2010

Wirelessly enable your Samsung HDTV or Bluray player for cheap

So a little while ago, had their deal of the day as this great Bluray player that also handles Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora, and Youtube. Even though I haven't upgraded to an HDTV yet, it seemed better to spend the money on this rather than a regular DVD player since mine was acting up. Once it arrived, I realized I had to connect it to the network in order to test out the Netflix service and compare it to my Roku and Wii Netflix experiences. I noticed the port on the back labelled Wireless Adapter.

I just happen to have a Wireless USB adapter upstairs connected to my infrequently used Dell Studio 19 mounted on the wall in front of my elliptical trainer. I grabbed it from the back, plugged it in, and saw it immediately prompt for the wireless network to connnect to. After configuring it and testing the service, I ordered a replacement stick (different brand) and waited for it to arrive. Well, it did, and as soon as I plugged it into the player, it did nothing. Plugging it in to the Studio revealed that it work (with drivers) but still nothing on the player.

After doing a little research, I found that Samsung only supports/recommends/offers their own brand of wireless USB adapter for their Bluray players and televisions.

So how did my USB stick work?

Turns out, the USB adapter that I have, which is an Encore ENUWI-N must have the identical chipset to the much more expensive Samsung branded adapter that is for sale at Amazon, etc. Now, I also believe there is an ENUWI-N3 adapter for sale that may not have the same chipset based on what I've been able to find online. If you're looking to get a wireless USB adapter for your Samsung device, get yourself an ENUWI-N and save a little money.

For you techies, it is likely that this device is based on the RT2870 chipset so you may be able to find other devices with the same chipset that work just as well.

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