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Interfacing a Blue Ray w/the internet

by azayac / November 28, 2011 1:14 AM PST

I want to interface my blueray player to the internet. The room where I plan to do this has a cable connection but no network connection (i have cable internet and do not want go wireless). I bought another cable modem and have connected it to the cable line but I can't get anything to communicate. What do I need to do?

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Well there's your problem, right there.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 4:37 AM PST

You cannot just go out an purchase another modem, connect it to your cable outlet and expect it to work.
1. The modem needs to be recognized by the cable company, usually by the Mac address, and configured
2. Your cable company will probably want extra money as you now have another account on that cable spur, that's if they allow you to do it at all.

The normal way to add extra connections to your cable modem is to use a router, wireless or not, and connect all the other peripherals to the router.
You either run a cat5 Ethernet cable from the router to the Blueray player, assuming that it has an Ethernet port or you go wireless.

What is your concern with going wireless?

P

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Cable Modem
by azayac / November 28, 2011 7:25 AM PST

Hi P,

Thanks for the info, and you're correct, I should have known. The cable providers Tech people never thought of it either. I'd rather not go wireless as I'd have to buy a wireless router and return the Blueray for a wireless model as well as buy a wireless input for my desktop, but it appears it will be the easiest way to accomplish the task. Thanks.

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You can get wired even with a wifi router.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: Cable Modem

All the models I've seen allow both. In fact you can turn off the wifi if you want.

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As Bob pointed out,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 10:15 PM PST
In reply to: Cable Modem

Wireless routers are just regular routers with wireless capabilities added to them.
They still have wired, usually 4 or 5, ports so you will not need to add anything to the desktop, just connect it with ethernet cable.

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