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Philips WUB1110 Wireless Wi-Fi USB Network Adapter - exactly what our Blu-ray player needed to connect to our wireless router
on June 27, 2013
Like others have expressed, we too were surprised to find that the Philips Blu-ray player we purchased did not include an adapter (or internal receiver) to wirelessly connect to our router... the packaging it came in did not make this obvious at all. However, the player worked quite well and it was much less expensive than other choices. Since our main goal was to get a decent player, we decided to keep it and research connectivity options.
This network adapter did the trick, and the price of the player and the adapter still totals less than 50% of what the stores wanted for other Blu-ray players. Setting up the wireless router was easy, though a bit time consuming because the player's method of entering letters and number (like for the router password) is just not super user friendly. Once done, the machine worked very well.
Now we play Pandora and access both Netflix and Vudu on a regular basis via the wireless connection that this adapter allows.
As another reviewer mentioned, there is one little connectivity hitch that is fairly easy to deal with... each time that we turn our Philips Blu-ray player off it forgets that the wireless connection should be set as the default connection. When we turn the player back on, the default looks for a hard-wire option that does not exist (in our case) and the system returns an error message saying that no connection exists. This is an issue with the Blu-ray player NOT this adapter, so I can not fault the adapter for the quirky issue.
If you get this error message too, resolving is just a matter of reminding the player that the wireless connection exists and it takes 30 seconds. Here's what we do:
Every time we turn the player back on, we navigate to "Setup" on the player's main menu, then go down to "Network" on the setup page, and then go over and select "View wireless settings". A pop-up window will appear showing the connection to our router (as long as the router is turned on and our ISP service is up and running), and we just click on the remote's OK button to close the pop-up window. After that, we click on the remote's Home button to go back to the main page -- and all works perfectly.
I'm listening to Pandora right now as type this review and am very happy with the player, this connection device, and the money we saved.
If your player calls for the use of this model wireless adapter, give it a go. We recommend it... but remember to have a little patience along the way.