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bkyne
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Registered: ‎11-02-2012

Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

I just bought the Blu-ray player which has a wireless LAN built-in. It is having trouble connecting with Netflix. I don't think the signal is strong enough, since I am in a Loft Condo which has one concrete wall that I think is blocking the signal.

 

If I get something to boost my wifi signal, is that called a repeater. And will it cut the speed in half?

 

What might be a good solution for me?

 

Thank you.

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RealGeorgeW
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Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

I suppose the simplest solution, but you didn't say if possible, would be to simply move the wifi router closer to the BD player..

If not, then it will simply take whatever signal it receives and rebroadcast it. So say on a scale of 1-10. The repeater is picking up your wifi at a 4, it'll rebroadcast at a maximum speed of 4, but the repeater itself will be broadcasting at a 10.

I'm tired, so if that didn't make any sense, please, other peoples, chime in.




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bkyne
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Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

I can't move the DVD player closer to the wifi. It is a second/bedroom solution for streaming Netflix.

 

I didn't really understand your reply. Talk to me like I'm only a minor techie. :smileywink:

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rwillen
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Registered: ‎05-29-2010

Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

Something like this Netgear Wireless Extender should do the trick for you.

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/NETGEAR+-+Universal+Wi-Fi+Range+Extender+with+Ethernet+port/2733324.p;js...

 

For consistency in sofware and firmware updates, I usually recommend buying the same brand extender as your wireless router, so if you have a Linksys router, look for a Linksys extender.

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bkyne
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Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

Will using such a device cut down my speed though?

 

Thanks.

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rwillen
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Registered: ‎05-29-2010

Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590


bkyne wrote:

Will using such a device cut down my speed though?

 

Thanks.


Any traffic going across the extender will be about half what your main router delivers. This is simply because it has to send and recieve traffic at the same time. Traffic going across your primary router won't be affected. It should still be fine for any streaming services like netflix or hulu. YMMV depending on that concrete wall though.

 

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RealGeorgeW
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Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

Silly techie kid slang

YMMV = Your mileage may vary.




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bkyne
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Registered: ‎11-02-2012

Re: Boosting wifi signal on the Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player BDP-S590

I ended up getting a Netgear Universal Internet Adapter. I read that they can be problematic in condos, but I haven't had any problems, so I guess that's my solution.

 

Thanks everybody for your help.

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