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It works, but had to change the network settings.
on May 21, 2012
I got this to go along with my TCL42E50. It would have been nice if it had been built in, but if one wants it is available in a higher priced TV. This review will not rate it on that basis.
I installed directly into the USB port, did not use the stand. In my configuration that works best, though I noted that it partially blocks the other USB port and can also interfere with the SD card slot. Signal strength is 4 bars.
In order to get it to recognize and connect to the wireless network, I had to permanently disable two security settings...
Originally they were:
1.) SSID broadcast DISabled.
2.) MAC filtering ENabled.
1.) SSID broadcast is ENabled.
2.) MAC filtering is DISabled.
This is unfortunate as I prefer the added security of the previous settings.
My other gadgets worked fine without SSID broadcast and with MAC filtering, but not this.
Installing the WiFi adapter allowed me to use the IOS 'VIERA remote' app (kinda cool), do a software update, and run some of the included apps. No issues with any of them.
Performance is adequate within the limits of my Internet connection speed.
If you elect to not purchase this but do have an Internet connection available, I suggest connecting via the Ethernet port and doing a software update. My set was mfg in Feb, 2012 with software rev 1.06. By the time I purchased in early May, 2012, the software revision was 1.17.
The need to reduce the security of my network is enough for me to knock it down a bit. 3 stars.
[begin update 6/17/2012]
There was another software update (1.19), again tried to disable SSID broadcast and enable MAC filtering again, still no luck getting a connection with those settings. Note that one person has reported success with SSID broadcast disabled; maybe it doesn't like my router (2Wire wireless DSL modem/gateway from AT&T)?
FWIW, I do think this is pricey, though the price of the TV has dropped over $100 since I bought it, so it's a wash for anyone buying it now.
[begin update 1/6/2013]
A few months ago there was another update... Version 1.23. As of this date it is still current. Still unable to configure WiFi as I would prefer.
[end update 1/6/2013]
[begin update 2/25/2017]
The Wi-Fi reception went south a year or two ago. When new, I got 4-5 star connections, no problem. Last couple years it's been 0-3 stars. Due to the cost and limit availability of replacement adapters, I bought a Blu-Ray player with built in wi-fi for $50. Problem solved, except for the occasional firmware update. The Blu-Ray player has the advantage of being a more recent design, with faster processor, etc. Wifi connection with the player is great. Like the Panasonic adapter used to be...
[end update 2/25/2017]