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Expensive and a little dissapointed, but works well!,
This review is from: Panasonic DY-WL10E-K Wi-Fi Dongle Facilitates Wireless LAN Capability (Electronics)
Bought this to go with my new Panasonic Plasma TV. My local dealer quoted me £95 and a two month waiting list, so thank goodness for Amazon! Not sure why it is so expensive as other dongles are quite reasonable, but I was told the TV will only recognise the proper Panasonic one (not sure if that's true).I do not have Sky etc or Freesat, but I bought it so that I could surf the internet and stream things from my laptop, and most of all watch all the catch-up services on the TV, in all these I was rather dissapointed. The 'internet' you can access is in fact 'Viera Cast' which turns out to be a very limited set of 'channels' that you can view, many of which seemed to be German. The only one I really use is Youtube, there are no catch-up services (like BBCi-player), but hopefully they will follow at some point. The streaming from my laptop is also only photos and videos, not hugely useful, so I have ended up buying an HDMI cable to connect it properly and can at last watch all the catch-up services on the TV- it is annoying to have a cable trailing around though. The dongle itself is well made and fairly unobtrusive when plugged into the side of the TV and was easy to set up, but I had alot of trouble getting my windows7 laptop to stream to it and had to phone the Panasonic helpline(they also found it hard to sort and had to E-mail me a booklet of instructions)- so much for 'set up for windows7'!!
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2011 14:28:10 BDT
C Harvey says:
If you have an internet connection you can watch BBCi-player via the Freestat consul on your TV so it will give you much more.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011 16:07:19 BDT
P. Chandler says:
Yes I agree, i-player works very well using that method.
An even easier and cheaper method than the dongle is to change the network option on the tv from wireless to wired and connect an rj45 cable from your tv to your router.
I personally connect an rj45 cable from the tv to a homeplug which then connects along the mains to another homeplug which then connects to the wireless router, this option works out a bit cheaper, but it is a lot more flexible as the homeplugs can be used for other computers too.
Posted on 28 Nov 2011 10:57:04 GMT
E. Ralph says:
I had thought of this item for streaming BBC iPlayer. I think I will just get an HDMI cable instead. Thanks Karen for a useful review.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 16:45:27 GMT
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