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Old 06-03-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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How to make my blu-ray player work wirelessly?

I am NOT a techie by any means. We just got our 2014 20FC, we have wireless internet at our house, that the laptops pick up just fine in the AS. The Blu-ray has Netflix on it, but the only connection in the settings is for a hard-wired internet connection.

Here's the question...wait for it...

Can someone tell me what I need to buy to make the Blu-ray player pick up my wireless signal so I can watch Netflix in my driveway

I don't know if this is going to require me plugging something into the port on the front of the machine (I hope) as the back is buried in the cabinet (but then I'm sure someone can tell me if it just slides out or not...)

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Old 06-03-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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It's kind of dopey that they put in a wired only internet blu-ray player. But I guess it saves a few bucks.

You'd have to put in a Roku or Apple TV or something- which is fine if you have an old one laying around. If not , I think the cheapest solution would be a new blu-ray. They are pretty cheap.

It would work in your driveway, but I've never found a campground wireless connection fast enough to support streaming movies. I never tried it, but everything else is pretty marginal, so I can't imagine it would work.
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I researched this the other day, and you will need a wireless router with at least one ethernet port, and do some configuring of the router.
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Is there a way to connect directly to the TV with your wireless connection? If it's a smart TV with wireless you should be able to.
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Is there a way to connect directly to the TV with your wireless connection? If it's a smart TV with wireless you should be able to.
The TVs in late model Airstreams are not smart TVs.
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I don't know...

I have the Samsung TV that comes in the 20FC's. I don't believe it in itself is wireless capable, but then I don't know that either - is there a way to tell?

All I know is, when I turn the TV and Blu-ray player on, I have a bunch of icons, Hulu, Netflix, etc. I went to settings to try and set up my wireless, but it says "hard wired connection". Now, I'm really NOT wanting a big long cord coming from my house to the trailer. And that got me thinking...how do people connect and use this camping if it isn't wireless?
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I researched this the other day, and you will need a wireless router with at least one ethernet port, and do some configuring of the router.
Do you have a link to a router? Also, would that be plugged into the back where the Ethernet cable would go or to the front usb plug?
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Now, I'm really NOT wanting a big long cord coming from my house to the trailer. And that got me thinking...how do people connect and use this camping if it isn't wireless?
You don't.
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Do you have a link to a router? Also, would that be plugged into the back where the Ethernet cable would go or to the front usb plug?
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To connect a wired device to a wireless network you would need a bridge. Try googling "Linksys WET610N" for an example. I haven't tried one of these myself...you will probably need to set it up with a laptop (as you would a wireless router in your home). I'm also not sure how well streaming would work from your typical campground wireless network.

Good luck, and let us know if you get this working!
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I have the Samsung TV that comes in the 20FC's. I don't believe it in itself is wireless capable, but then I don't know that either - is there a way to tell?

All I know is, when I turn the TV and Blu-ray player on, I have a bunch of icons, Hulu, Netflix, etc. I went to settings to try and set up my wireless, but it says "hard wired connection". Now, I'm really NOT wanting a big long cord coming from my house to the trailer. And that got me thinking...how do people connect and use this camping if it isn't wireless?
If you go into the TV or Blu-ray settings and find a place for an Internet connection and there is only a setup for a wired ethernet connection, you don't have wireless. You'd have to purchase something like a Roku player to plug into an HDMI jack on the TV (there is a model of Roku that supports a composite connection but you need to purchase the adapter, separately).

What are the model numbers of the Blu-ray and TV? We can look them up and give you more information.
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For what it is worth, here is a YouTube video talking about wireless bridges. It is for business networking, but the same principles apply...

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The track to tech, it never ends! As others have shared, you have to have a device that will add "Internet" to your player. My advice would be a wireless router with ethernet ports. Equipment like that will also POTENTIALLY provide Internet wirelessly inside your AS all other devices- if it can pick up a wifi signal. That is the short of it.

The long of it is that you might want to make the quest a bigger project- to provide a wireless/wired Internet signal to anything inside your AS and provide the internal "router" a way to get a signal outside of your metal shielded compartment (the Airstream) boosting the signal by using a more powerful unit outside mounted high and then "repeating" the signal inside with another router.

There are many roads to this endeavor but suffice it to say that it requires an antenna and two routers for optimum capability. There is a bunch of techno talk about all of this but here is an actual packaged product you may consider (I did):

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The go2 link shows the inside router device. I mounted mine on a wall behind the TV in my AS. It connects to the electric and also requires a cable be run to the roof of the AS, to the router and antenna. You would also have to run an ethernet cable from your Blueray player to this device. An Apple TV or Roku unit will provide you a connection hardwired and could be done in addition to this (if you cannot get cables to a router) I mounted mine on the winegard tv antenna pole and ran the cable through the fridge vent down and into the coach. I purchased the mobilTi unit. The other option is the sky. I am not sure what specifically you might need for a sky unit in addition but the company is very helpful. The mobileTi has a more powerful transmitter. The point of having something on the roof is to get beyond the "faraday cage" of the AS (shielded by metal that loses a great deal of signal to pick up any wifi signal available and then rebroadcast that inside your coach via a second router. The two routers work in tandem (insert more techno talk). There are several ways/companies that go about this process but they packaged it up for less technical people. Here is a link to a testing of individual items you can buy. This guy also has done several videos on his "experiments" on getting Wifi to his RV. Really good. He also attends the FL AS rally.

Look under his section titled Wifi boosters

I know this is bigger than you were thinking beyond the driveway and Netflix but you may also travel beyond and want a signal from somewhere further than the house. Where is your TV wall in the 20'?

I just looked that the floor plan of the 20'. You would come down the fridge vent and into the camper around the top of the fridge where the LED TV is mounted, put the router there and hook it up. Is the player there as well? Hope so.
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A wireless router provides a wireless access point. You need a wireless client adapter or a bridge such as the WET-11 someone suggested. An adapter such as Amazon.com: IOGEAR Universal Ethernet to Wi-Fi N Adapter for Home or Office GWU627 (Black): Electronics would also work and might be less expensive.

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