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Best Wireless Dongle for a Pansonic VT25 TV??

Hi all,

I have a 58" Panasonic Viera VT25 TV, that I used to have hardwired to my modem for use of the Smart TV functions, but now my fiancee and I have moved in together and given the way the room is arranged, hard-wiring the ethernet cable isn't really a possibility, so I'm starting to look at what my best options are for a wireless dongle to take its place.

Having done some research, there is a Panasonic branded one, but it looks like it has gone out of production along with Panasonic's TVs, so what would you recommend as the best dongle for me that will work with my VT25?

Not looking to spend a fortune, but I want something that will work, and won't crap out on me after 6 months, which a few other dongles have.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Mike

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I would skip the dongle and try a wireless bridge instead

In reply to: Best Wireless Dongle for a Pansonic VT25 TV??

Many old/unused routers can be re-purposed as simple wifi extenders to bring along a wireless signal a few feet so you can continue to use an ethernet cable. That's what I recommend you do instead of dealing with finding the rogue dongle that happens to be compatible. Grab an 'N' spec Linksys router (w/ 1+ ethernet ports) for $5-10 and give it a go.

FWIW, there are plenty of friendly experts here in the PC related hardware forums who can show you how to rig up this system.

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Not sure how that would work?

In reply to: I would skip the dongle and try a wireless bridge instead

Not sure how that would work?

Right now, for a temporary fix, I have an ethernet cable running straight across the room on the floor. I don't see how there's a way to use a cable without it being very unsightly.

I guess I don't understand what you're suggesting.

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I prefer it over powerline options, but that would work too

In reply to: Not sure how that would work?

I primarily prefer it over powerline since I often have a pile of old routers laying around for use w/ other networks/projects.

The connection with a secondary router used in 'bridge' mode would be as follows:

<your current router> (wifi connection) --> Linksys (or other brand) in 'bridge' mode, located near HDTV

Linksys router in 'bridge' mode (ethernet cable out) --> (ethernet in) HDTV

Voila!

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About the unsightly cable

In reply to: Not sure how that would work?

You can simply run a slightly longer cable along a perimeter/inside a raceway to hide it, etc. Search 'how to hide cables' on youtube for the DIY details Wink

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Skip the dongle.

In reply to: Best Wireless Dongle for a Pansonic VT25 TV??

So far the only dongles that work (USB!) are the ones from the TV maker.

So I like to use the bridges as noted and I really give heavy nods to powerline WiFI (or a bridge if you can't bear to get both.) Here's a picture and it has the model in it.


I prefer that since it's not a WiFi link which folk scream over the drops.

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