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Netflix Streaming Issue w/Sony BDP S270 Bluray Player - Need Solution


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#1 blazsox

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:15 PM

To put the long story short, my grandfather received one of those cheap-o Sony Blu-Ray players from Walmart that came wifi ready but of course needed the UWA-BR100 wireless adapter. He wants to use Netflix but the signal strength over the wireless connection hovers around 40-50% and after about 5-10 minutes of buffering, the Netflix stream stops loading the movie and ends up stopping. Only way to get the movie to buff another 5-10 minutes is to close Netflix and re-open it.

His internet connection coming in is about avg. in the area (roughly 10-11mbps download) so it's more than capable of handling streaming. His wireless download speed of where his bluray is located is about 8-9mbps.

I've been trying to think of a solution, and my guess is the UWA-BR100 adapter just flat out sucks (and we can't use any third party ones - it requires the Sony one).

One solution that comes to my mind is running two modems. One modem in his bedroom (which is where he has his internet setup) and then one modem on his TV stand to run directly into the bluray player. I know I can't run two modems at the same time, but is it possible to two modems in a house that don't run simultaneously.

The setup would be this - if he wants to use his internet in the bedroom, he'd have the bedroom modem on and the living room modem off; and then if he wanted to run his Bluray online he'd have the bedroom modem off and the living room modem on.

Is this even possible? He has Time Warner Cable internet.


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:17 PM

Have you asked about this on the avsforums?



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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:18 PM

I posted the issue about it now on that forum just as you asked it.
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#4 bordjon

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:38 PM

I have an insignia (bestbuy brand) wifi bluray player in my bedroom. It's wifi reception sucks - I think it's partly the wifi hardware - but also the crappy programming/software the player is running. I have a roku in there for netflix and it works awesome. Both were connecting to the same wireless-n router.

You could consider a roku or look into ethernet over powerline options if the blu-ray player has an ethernet jack on it (this runs ethernet from a power outlet near your modem/router to another power outlet - say in another room). You could also look into a wireless access point - sorta like a second router - but I would consider the other two first really. You could also physically run an ethernet cable in the attic or crawlspace into the other room. It can connect directly to the device or to a switch or another router serving as an access point. A second modem isn't what you want.

EDIT - also forgot to mention - you might check into if there is a new firmware update for the player first - that *might* resolve the issue - also could try turning off any wep/wpa encryption and see if that fixes the problem - certainly not ideal - but could help determine what is causing the problem.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:17 PM

EDIT - also forgot to mention - you might check into if there is a new firmware update for the player first - that *might* resolve the issue - also could try turning off any wep/wpa encryption and see if that fixes the problem - certainly not ideal - but could help determine what is causing the problem.


It's updated to the latest firmware. About the WPA/WEP key thing, for some reason it seemed to connect better (meaning the player itself connected better) when there was a WPA/WEP key in tact compared to when it was turned off.

I do run a MAC Filter on the wireless setup as I do in my house to keep out lurkers - would that possibly be an issue?

When he runs the internet from his player to run apps like YouTube, it runs just fine, same with browsing BD-Live.
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#6 bordjon

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:22 PM

If you don't see any issues with youtube/bdlive/etc and it's only netflix acting up - I'd suspect lousy programming in the firmware - which is what I found to be the problem with my insignia - nothing you can really do about it though. I wouldn't think MAC filtering would cause the problem (especially if it seems to be only with netflix). If you've posted the question at AVS hopefully you'll get some responses from folks who own this exact player.
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