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Number 8

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80 posts

90 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Hello,

Ok, so I bought myself a relatively modest 32" Sony Bravia TV with internet capability. I then read some reviews about a Hama wifi dongle that worked a treat with a variety of "smart" TVs (mainly references to Smasung). I plugged the little fella into the Sony TV and it states that the dongle is not setup properly/compatible.

Is it common knowledge, but has passed me by, that you have to use a Sony wifi dongle with their TVs because nothing else will work or am I being dumb and I need to do something to the dongle before inserting it into the TV. The dongle handbook makes no reference to TVs.

Thanks

fatboy b

6,831 posts

113 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Sony TVs only take a Sony dongle. They're about £70. Or you could get an Apple TV for about £100, and that has most, if not all, you'd get through the Sony TV + all the other stuff it does.

Or hard-wire the TV to the internet.

Dave 500

2,598 posts

139 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Or get something like one of these so you can use it with anything.

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB321B/A/AirPort...

I have one behind my TV with a hub which is plugged into the Receiver and TV

172ff

1,916 posts

92 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Dave 500 said:
Or get something like one of these so you can use it with anything.

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB321B/A/AirPort...

I have one behind my TV with a hub which is plugged into the Receiver and TV
Or spend £15 on one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vonets-VAP11G-WIFI-Bridge/...


OldSkoolRS

3,300 posts

76 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Yes, Sony only installed the drivers for their own dongle, so unless you get one of theirs (or perhaps an OEM one that it's based on) then you have no choice but to use some RJ45 connected alternative.

Like a numpty I didn't run a CAT6 cable to my TV when I did my kitchen two years ago, yet ended up with an Internet ready Sony TV. rolleyes

StormLoaded

879 posts

76 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Homeplugs could be a good option?, ideal if you want to stream your HD (BBC iplayer on it?) on the tv.

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,996 posts

81 months

Wednesday 11th April 2012
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Same as you.

Bought a Sony Bravia, bought off of the Bay one of these : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIte...

A minute or two on the home PC, Job Jobbed.

ClassicMercs

1,407 posts

78 months

Thursday 12th April 2012
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StormLoaded said:
Homeplugs could be a good option?, ideal if you want to stream your HD (BBC iplayer on it?) on the tv.
Thats what I did when we picked up a bargain HX723 for the bedroom the other week. Works well - iPlayer is the best reason to use it. YouTube is a bit faffy.

Only thing to watch for - most of the Homeplug's must be plugged into the wall socket and not an extension lead. If wall sockets are at a premium, as they are in most houses these days, make sure you get the pass through Homeplugs.
Or, I'm looking at a 'Piggy 6' to go in the living room behind the TV - sky / xbox - multi need so this fits the bill.

Edited by ClassicMercs on Thursday 12th April 07:30

Number 8

Original Poster:

80 posts

90 months

Thursday 12th April 2012
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Thanks for all your help everyone.

I think I may go down the route of home plugs because I have plenty of sockets; relatively new build and the builders must have loved sockets or over ordered or something because there are 36 sockets in my house and it's only a two bedroom semi!

Dr Doofenshmirtz

9,104 posts

97 months

Thursday 12th April 2012
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Number 8 said:
I think I may go down the route of home plugs
Why not just buy one of those WiFi thingies like in Paddy's link above? I have one and it's excellent.
Those plug in the wall LAN things are pretty expensive.

Glosphil

2,381 posts

131 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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I use these with my Sony KDL-37EX503

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?c...

However, as well as my television, my Humax and my Blu-ray player can also be connected to the internet so I might make use of this http://www.amazon.co.uk/200AV-Power-Ethernet-Socke...

spats

732 posts

52 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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I got a little bit of kit that allows me to use wired equipment, and it connects to the wifi network allowing all my non wifi kit to work.

it can also be used as a wifi repeater to extend the routers range.

I currently have the XBOX, bluray and tv all plugged into it. Streams iplayer fine and even plugging a old pc into it doesnt effect the performance.

was only about 20 quid from amazon iirc.