So I've picked up a Sony BDP-S270 Blu-ray player advertised as being "wireless LAN ready". I figure this is no problem for a guy that hooked up his second PC to the wireless LAN in the house. I have an extra USB wireless LAN adapter ready to go.
When I plug it into the device, I get a message saying "USB adapter is not compatible with this device." I do some digging into the manual and find that I've been hit by a marketing gimmick. The flashy print on the outside of the box was not accompanied by the small print in the manual that says you have to use a Sony adapter (Sony recommends the UWA-BR100).
What I should do is return the player and get my money back and vote with my dollars (a friend got a competing brand's player and it came with the USB adapter so he didn't have to go buy an overpriced proprietary one).
Has anyone found a wireless alternative to proprietary requirements like this? If I choose to keep the player my best options so far appear to be:
- Buying Sony's adapter
- Finding some way to use the wired Ethernet connection on the player
But are there other ways to use third party equipment with the player?
Thanks for the answers. I've upvoted everyone that gave me good ideas. To David: thank you, and it's nice to know I wasn't the only one perturbed by this cheap marketing tactic. To David and Ignacio both: using a stand-alone wireless access point is something I hadn't done before, but a quick check shows that some reliable consumer-oriented units are available for half the cost of the Sony wireless USB dongle. In addition, they include several Ethernet ports on the back in case I ever get other devices (gaming system, TV, media player) that I could hook up with easily found and inexpensive Ethernet cables.