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    Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:58 pm

    I'm thinking of buying a "Smart" BluRay player so I can stream Netflix on my old TV.

    Things to consider:
    1 - TV is from 2003 and is a Panasonic Wide Screen HD Rear Projection TV.
    2 - Modem is on the top floor and this TV would be in the basement. This part is important because I actually had to move the modem upstairs so that the Smart TV in my room would get the Wifi signal. It has been fine for my AppleTV device on the mainfloor but I'm not sure how this will work for a Wifi BluRay 2 floors away from the modem.


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:06 pm

    Cap'n Clutch wrote:I'm thinking of buying a "Smart" BluRay player so I can stream Netflix on my old TV.

    Things to consider:
    1 - TV is from 2003 and is a Panasonic Wide Screen HD Rear Projection TV.
    2 - Modem is on the top floor and this TV would be in the basement. This part is important because I actually had to move the modem upstairs so that the Smart TV in my room would get the Wifi signal. It has been fine for my AppleTV device on the mainfloor but I'm not sure how this will work for a Wifi BluRay 2 floors away from the modem.

    My "smart bluray player" is my PS3. It's got wifi built in and works fine (PS3 is on main floor, wifi router on second floor). You can always get a repeater (or extender or booster or whatever you want to call it):
    http://wi-fi-booster-review.toptenreviews.com/


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Hoags on Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:08 pm

    What input does your TV have? I imagine you don't have HDCP on that. Not sure if that's a problem or not with using component, I don't think they use the Image Constraint Token feature yet(downsampling to 540p on non HDCP output)

    You'd have to test WiFi speeds from your basement over WiFi, MyWiFi router is on my ground floor so I get a decent signal upstairs and basement.

    Worst case scenario you could invest in powerline ethernet and just connect do a wired connection from the Blu-Ray player to the modem? Do you have a router with any ethernet ports available? I just set up powerline ethernet in my house last night and it works great.
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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:55 pm

    Modem is on the top floor and the TV and bluRay would be in the basement. Not sure I want to run a line from my bedroom to the basement.


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:01 pm

    I read a bit about Power line Ethernet and it sounds pretty cool. I'm not tech savvy to put it mildly so how would it work between a modem and a BlueRay player or is that even possible?


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:09 pm

    Hoags wrote:What input does your TV have? I imagine you don't have HDCP on that. Not sure if that's a problem or not with using component, I don't think they use the Image Constraint Token feature yet(downsampling to 540p on non HDCP output)

    You'd have to test WiFi speeds from your basement over WiFi, MyWiFi router is on my ground floor so I get a decent signal upstairs and basement.

    Worst case scenario you could invest in powerline ethernet and just connect do a wired connection from the Blu-Ray player to the modem? Do you have a router with any ethernet ports available? I just set up powerline ethernet in my house last night and it works great.

    These are the inputs: multiple component, RCA, S-video


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:16 pm

    I think there is a very good reason why powerline ethernet hasn't really caught on.

    For $40 you can get a wifi booster -- just stick it on the main floor.


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Hoags on Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:40 pm

    Cap'n Clutch wrote:I read a bit about Power line Ethernet and it sounds pretty cool. I'm not tech savvy to put it mildly so how would it work between a modem and a BlueRay player or is that even possible?

    1) plug an adapter into a wall socket near your blu-ray player
    2) plug an adapter into a wall socket near your modem
    3) plug an RJ-45 cable from your blu-ray player and your modem into the respective adapter
    4) Done

    wprager wrote:I think there is a very good reason why powerline ethernet hasn't really caught on.

    For $40 you can get a wifi booster -- just stick it on the main floor.

    Yeah that's a good point, powerline ethernet isn't very cheap compared to a booster. I didn't want to stick a WiFi adapter into my PCs which are now upstairs and PS3 wireless sucks.

    I got this which made sense for me to hook up 2 PCs and a PS3.
    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-ca/product/d-link-d-link-powerline-av500-3-port-hd-media-starter-kit-dhp-p339av-dhp-p339av/10237456.aspx?path=6637c82818b1115fc653e512a2b02ebcen02

    WiFi Booster probably makes more sense for you.
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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by shabbs on Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:57 pm

    I see DVI!!!! HA HA!
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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:32 pm

    shabbs wrote:I see DVI!!!! HA HA!

    Now, now, Shabbs, it's not nice to make fun of those less fortunate than yourself.


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by wprager on Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:42 pm

    22 seconds in they're a man down. What's going on? At least Steen ends up going to the quiet room for 10.

    EDIT: Oops, wrong thread.


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Number Twenty Nine on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:03 am

    Amazon has Roku LT on for $37. RCA jacks are there as well as built in wifi.
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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:31 am

    shabbs wrote:I see DVI!!!! HA HA!

    Easy now. I do have 2 other TVs that aren't a decade old you know. I just don't see the point in trashing a perfectly good 53' HDTV just because it's old. I have a 50' plasma on the main floor and a 27' LED Smart TV in the bedroom. Dammit!


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    Re: Question about BluRay player and old TV

    Post by shabbs on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:37 am

    Cap'n Clutch wrote:
    shabbs wrote:I see DVI!!!! HA HA!

    Easy now. I do have 2 other TVs that aren't a decade old you know. I just don't see the point in trashing a perfectly good 53' HDTV just because it's old. I have a 50' plasma on the main floor and a 27' LED Smart TV in the bedroom. Dammit!
    Heh. Just buggin'. You got component inputs there. Hopefully you can use those.


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