I bought this player to be able to stream Netflix movies to my television using the built-in wireless card. I also have a Vizio television which I am very pleased with.
There were three significant problems with my unit that led to my returning it to a Walmart store. One was probably a defect (the remote); the the other two are design flaws.
First, the remote control would not work reliably. To get it to work, you had to jiggle or spin the batteries, much as you can do with a typical remote when the batteries are low. Even with two new sets of batteries (three, if you count the included batteries), I could not get the remote to reliably work. This led to confusion as to whether the DVD was not responding or hung up, or if the remote was not functioning. There are not enough controls on the DVD player itself to use any of the setup functions. You MUST have a working remote. However, since this DVD player is hard to find in stores locally (I checked four Walmarts before ordering it online), I had no hope of getting a new remote or exchanging the unit.
Second, the built-in wireless antenna is very weak. Even when I moved my router to within 25 feet of the DVD player, I could not get a reliable connection. I have a brand new wireless router (B/G/N compatible) with relatively basic security (a pre-shared keyword). What I found was that the DVD would connect to my neighbor's unprotected wireless network (with a weaker signal, 50 feet and several walls away) more readily than it would connect to mine! Every time I turned on the DVD player, I would have to play with the wireless settings, connecting, disconnecting, and reconnecting multiple times until a working connection would establish.
Third, I think the computer processor powering this DVD player is woefully underpowered. Booting up took a while, as did processing any command issued by the remote.
When the unit would connect and something from Netflix would stream, the picture and sound were flawless, and in the four movies I was able to watch over a five day period, I only had one episode of re-buffering of the stream. I just didn't think the setup process each time was worth the hassle. Certainly, a houseguest or a non-technically savvy, impatient family member would never get it to work.
I did not connect the unit directly to an Ethernet connection but I'm sure it would have worked much better. But the point was to avoid stringing computer wires to the television.
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