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Internet-Ready (wireless) Vizio -- connecting to internet

by jerseyrock / July 30, 2011 6:33 AM PDT

I have a new Vizio, which I connected wirelessly to Netflix. It also features a number of Vizio-installed internet apps I can use -- although I think all of them cost me money.

I want to connect the TV wirelessly to the broader internet -- through the same router I used to connect to Netflix. Vizio support person told me I can't do that because the TV doesn't contain a router.

Does that make sense?

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I think the support person misunderstood.
by ahtoi / July 30, 2011 1:15 PM PDT

There is no router built-in the TV that is true, however, if this is a "smart" TV (not sure if it is or is not); but connect it to the router and see anyway. Good luck.

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by jerseyrock / July 30, 2011 2:55 PM PDT

I don't know what would make a TV 'smart'.

However before we get into that, I need to correct my earlier post...

The Vizio support person told me I can't connect through my wireless router to the broader internet because the TV doesn't have a browser. She said all I can do is connect to the various apps they package with the TV. Netflix is one of those apps.

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Does it have Google tv?
by ahtoi / July 30, 2011 6:45 PM PDT
In reply to: clarification

I believe google tv has a browser (chrome) in it. Not sure if it's a "pay or free" application.

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Internet-Ready (wireless) Vizio -- connecting to internet
by 3coursedinner / July 30, 2011 10:17 PM PDT

What I think the Vizio person meant was that the TB doesn't have a browser. It can only access the built in apps that come with it. Google TV, Apple TV, "smart" tv's etc., have browsers built in.
I'm not big on these built in browsers anyway. There's no virus protection.

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Internet-Ready (wireless) Vizio -- connecting to internet
by jerseyrock / July 31, 2011 2:22 AM PDT

So you agree with the support person -- I can't connect to anything but the Apps they packaged with the TV?

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Did you prove the support person wrong?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2011 2:31 AM PDT

I have one of those Vizio's and it does little beyond what the apps provide.

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Guilty As Charged
by 3coursedinner / July 31, 2011 3:42 AM PDT


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