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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orpington, Kent
Connecting a Smart TV
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Iíve just bought a full HD Samsung Smart TV. Brilliant, except it didnít want to connect to my Virgin WiFi Superhub. They are in opposite corners of an average 3 bedroomed deatched house, the WiFi router upstairs in the front bedroom, the TV downstairs in the living room at the back.
I borrowed a USB WiFi antenna (itís about 18 inches tall), plugged it into the TV and hey presto, found the network and connected to it. I can sometimes access BBC iPlayer, but if I try to play a programme, the BBC gives a message saying thereís a problem, and that itís probably the internet connection.
Iíd guess this is down to bandwidth. (Though I can park my laptop next to the TV and play the programme happily).
Bored yet? What are my options?
Iíve thought of running an Ethernet cable, which is a pain, but a white Cat 6 would not be too conspicuous, and would hide most of the way in picture rails. Obviously Iíd have to get through a floor and ceiling en route. (And post on the thread of incompetent DIY-ers).
However, Samsung specify a Cat 7, presumably because of the HD, and Cat 7 is 8mm thick with a minimum bend radius of 4x diameter. Also they seem to be any colour but white, and hugely expensive.
Do you think I could get away with a Cat 6 for this? And why is the TV so demanding compared with an eight year old laptop which is how Iíve normally watched programmes in the past?
I shall be pathetically grateful for your thoughts.