The Samsung WIS09ABGN USB Wireless Dongle is designed to allow you to get your Samsung Blu-Ray Player and Samsung Television on the internet without the need for long, network cabling. If you have a Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router, you will be able to watch NetFlix or even YouTube movies from the comfort of your living room chair without ever having to use a computer to access the content. In this review, we will examine the setup of a Samsung wireless adapter and the side benefits like the ability to get firmware updates for your compatible Blu-Ray player.
Can I use the Samsung WIS09ABGN USB with my home computer as a wireless internet source?
How reliable is the Samsung Wireless Dongle?
Read On To Find Out! How To Use The Dongle With Your Samsung BD P3600.
If you already have a 802.11 G or N wireless router without wireless encryption enabled then all you should have to do is plug in this device and your Samsung Blu-Ray player will detect it automatically. Within a minute, I was watching video streams from YouTube on my Samsung PN63B550 63" plasma television
. Bevis & Butthead video has never looked better! Of course I was in an ideal situation for this to work. My LinkSys WRT54G router was less than 50ft away and I have no security features enabled on my home wireless network.
The good news is that if you have a security enabled wireless network, the setup menu of your Samsung compatible product allows you to enter the proper security code and it will remember those settings even after you have disconnected the power. I was able to test this functionality for myself and after a five minute session of scrolling through menus, I was able to prove that it works. The video streaming did seem a little slower though. Of course, 30 minutes after I locked down my LinkSys router, the neighbors called and complained that their free wireless internet was down. To keep the free cookies and brownies coming to my front door, I disabled the wireless encryption soon afterwards.
Your setup may not be complete by just activating the wireless USB accessory in your Samsung Blu-Ray player. I discovered that YouTube was not installed on my BD P3600
player and that a firmware update screen appeared asking me to install it. I followed the on-screen steps and after a 30 minute download the system shut down. For many users of this Blu Ray player, the update crashes their system but that is often because they shut off the power to quickly while it is updating. Luckily my system came back up once I hit the power button. The screen showed two new surprise applications ready for me, Blockbuster and YouTube content were now available for download over the internet. Will The Samsung Wireless Dongle Work With My Computer?
I decided to test out the Samsung Wireless Dongle with a spare USB 2.0 port on my ASUS 1005HA netbook
. As soon as I plugged it in the following message appeared in my task tray, "802.11 n WLAN". Unfortunately, this Samsung product is proprietary and its use in Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista is not supported. Video Streaming Performance Of The Samsung Wireless USB Dongle
First, you need to have a N speed wireless router in order to get full quality from your HD movies via NetFlix. Unfortunately, I only have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router so I am stuck with getting their HD service but it is a little slow at times.
YouTube works good for standard definition video and even cuts out that hollow sound you hear while watching video on the computer. When I watch HD video streams from YouTube, it becomes apparent that the Samsung USB Wireless adapter cannot keep up. The video gets choppy, showing 5 seconds at a time and then pausing to load more video. Specifications Of The Samsung Wireless Adapter
Model Number: WIS09ABGN
Model Code: WIS09ABGNX/XAA
Compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g Summary
Like it or not, the Samsung WIS09ABGN wireless adapter is the only device of its kind that will work with your Samsung BD P3600
. Samsung did a great job providing us with easy to use menus for updating firmware and navigating network security settings. I enjoy watching YouTube during commercial breaks or when it seems nothing else worth watching is on network television. Since it is based on proprietary hardware technology there is little option for finding lower cost products so pricing is dependent on the vendor with the lowest price on this particular product. You should research the documentation for your Samsung Blu-Ray player to find the recommended wireless adapter model to avoid purchasing the wrong product.
In all I give the Samsung USB Wireless adapter two thumbs up.