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Not "Internet ready" as advertised
on September 21, 2011
Before I wrote this, I searched the net for a fair definition of the phrase "Internet ready" as applied to a TV. Universally, including Amazon's own definition, you can expect an Ethernet port, and usually some means to connect via wi-fi, either built in or by adding an adapter.
My first hint of trouble was the lack of an Ethernet port. The next hint was the absence of any mention of networking in the manual. I connected a Samsung wi-fi adapter (one that based on the supplied chart should be the correct model). No dice. I have another Samsung HD TV that does work in this manner, so I'm familiar with the procedure and have the online Samsung documentation for connecting a 5000 series unit to back my efforts. It simply did not provide any network configuration options.
I contacted Samsung tech support next. At first the tech said it should have worked, but when I insisted it didn't he went away for an extended period to look further. When he returned, he apologized but stated this TV can not be connected to a network.
And that's it. It is advertised as being " Internet ready" when it in fact is not. That is false advertising.
I give it two stars overall instead of just one because apart from the falsehood it appears to work as your run of the mill small screen HDTV and the picture isn't bad at all.