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As you say, I am not sure if that TV has a wireless internet built-in.
If it helps, I have found the guys at PC World and Maplins very helpful with advice on these issues, but at the moment I would say the internet plugs or 'smart' DVD/freeview box are the best bet at the moment.
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I literally installed one a half an hour ago on my computer internet link. It took me five minurtes and works brilliantly. It can be used for televisions as well. One advantage is that you don't lose the use of the socket that it's plugged in to.
An update for everyone who's followed this thread thus far, and a request for further info / advice, if anyone can help.
The TP-Link Homeplugs arrived yesterday along with a 5-metre Belkin Cat 5e cable. Connected everything up, and as others have noted, that was dead simple. Paired the plugs as recommended and thought, here we go. And, indeed, I am now able to access iPlayer (but only iPlayer, and only BBC programmes to boot - no 4 OD or anything like that) on my telly, so the plugs and the connections are all working fine.
However, there are two problems. The first is that programmes take FOREVER to download: OK, so I can go off and make a cup of tea. But the second, and more frustrating aspect, is that once I have the selected programme up and running, even at standard def, a few minutes into the show and it just freezes up; starts again; freezes again; and so on. No-one can watch TV this way and not think about the most painless form of suicide.
Now, the thing is, I can download and watch programmes effortlessy on my PC, which is a fairly powerful beast, custom-built, and relatively new, so I'm assuming the problems I've described are really nothing to do with line speed (where I live I get about 9.5 Mb/s download speed); in which case, can it be the software/hardware in the TV that isn't able to keep up? As I've noted above, the TV is about 3 years old, which in the days of analogue was nothing, but in these ever-changing digital times is an eternity. Interestingly, the iPlayer screen on my PC monitor is way more sophisticated than the one I see on my TV, so I am wondering if the problem lies with the TV. I'm pretty certain it must, but I don't know enough about the technology to understand why. I can't think of anything else.
Incidentally, I take it that if I decided to buy a Humax box or similar 'smart' box in future, and use the ethernet connection on that rather than the one on the TV, the broadcast quality and availabilty of catch-up material would increase exponentially?
If anyone has any answers, I'd be very grateful. I'll be around today but away for a week from tomorrow, so if anyone can find the time to post a reply before I disappear, that would be good - otherwise, I'll pick up any replies in a week's time.
The TV pausing and starting will be down to lackof bandwidth on its network connection. You aren't getting enough through your home plugs. You computer has more bandwidth so is OK.
Quote: You aren't getting enough through your home plugs.
Sorry Meredith, not quite sure I've got this. Are you saying that it's the fault of the television - which would be as I suspected? As in, it's all down to the low-tech software/hardware in the TV itself, and is nothing to do with the external plugs, cable or line speed? Just want to be sure I've understood your comment.
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