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Getting a blu ray player onto my network/Internet


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diggeryo

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My blu-ray player has a LAN connection on the back of it. Unfortunately, my router is all the way in the basement, so I can't plug it into the router. However, I do have a computer hooked up to the same TV that the blu-ray player is hooked up to. This computer has a wireless Internet connection. It also has a LAN connection on the back of it (currently unused).

Would it be possible to connect the LAN connection on the computer with the LAN connection on the blu-ray, and have the blu-ray player access the Internet that way? In case it's needed, the computer in question is running Windows XP Professional with SP3 and all the latest updates.

Assuming this is possible, it brings up another question: I have my routerís wireless settings to allow only devices with specific MAC addresses. So when I want to connect any device to the router through a wireless connection, I must first add its MAC address to the router. This does not have to be done to devices connected directly (wired) to the router.

The computer in question is connected to the router through a wireless connection. The blu ray player, though it wonít be connected to the router directly, will be using the computerís wireless connection. So will the MAC address of the blu ray player need to be added to the list of MAC addresses the router allows?


thanks for any advice,
mike.

Edited by diggeryo, 16 March 2010 - 12:36 PM.

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Neil Jones

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Should be possible via the Internet connection sharing facility.

However this may be a far better idea and it's no doubt going to be more reliable:
http://www.homeplug.org/home/

Simply plug a homeplug into a socket by your Blu-Ray player, run a cable from it to the homeplug, then do the same by running a cable from the other homeplug into the router. The distance is irrelevant, providing the two plugs are on the same ring circuit it'll work.

Re: Mac addresses, yes you will need to add extra ones to your MAC filter list as and when you add other devices so in this case if you want the router to allow the Blu-Ray player to get an IP, you need to add it. This would apply if you go down the Homeplug route, however it probably will not apply if you use Internet Connection Sharing. Depends on the router, some will see it as a separate device and some don't.
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Thanks for the info, Neil. I'll look into the HomePlug device.
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Well, since you already have a wireless router, this should work well with what you want. Check out the Netgear Universal WiFi Internet Adapter. This WiFi adapter is compatible with most internet-ready devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and more. You can also use it to connect notebooks, wireless printers, and other networked home theater devices. For more information about the Netgear Universal WiFi Internet Adapter, visit http://bit.ly/bByST7 and discover this wonderful device from Netgear. Enjoy!
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