Well, I finally decided to upgrade my almost four year old Panny BD30 Blu ray player with a new one. I decided on the Samsung 6900 due to the fast playback of blu ray movies, the ability to stream via wifi, and the cool look of the unit itself. I really don't care about 3D, since I have a dedicated HT room with a projector I don't plan on getting rid of.
Anyway back on topic... I just hooked it up yesterday and spent a good 3 hrs trying to get the wifi to work. Mind you, I am tech savvy and didn't think it would be such an issue. Boy was I wrong! For the life of me, it just would not connect to my D-Link DIR 655 wireless N router. I have no issues connecting two desktops in the basement, one laptop in the family room, a Blackberry and Android cellphones wirelessly with this router.
First I thought it was just too far away, my router is in my study on the first floor and the HT is in the basement with sound proof walls. I figured, let me try and hook it up to my old front projection TV in the family room on the first floor. It had no HDMI so I just used component cables to get a picture and see the menus. Well, it hooked up and connected wifi just fine! Now I am thinking it is a distance issue. I went back to the HT and tried to place the 6900 closer to the door. I just used the same component cable since my HDMI cable could not reach. Well, it connected!
So now I tried to use the HDMI cable by moving my reciever closer to the door. Nothing.... I then placed the 6900 back on the rack and used the component cable and it connected....
Tried the HDMI cable..no connection.
I contacted Samsung support and they walked me through hard reboot, firmware update (did it already via usb port). Even tried swapping out HDMI cable, still no connection. But when I disconnected the HDMI cable and used the component cable, bang! Instant connection even from the place furthest from the door of my HT.
Sorry to post so long. But seems like the wireless card in the 6900 could be defective? Samsung was baffled (they sent me all the way to level 3 support and couldn't fix the problem. First they heard of this problem) Samsung is supposed to contact me in a few days with hopefully a resolution.
I already ordered a replacement and tagged this one as defective (gotta love Am**on). Anyone have this unique issue?
Other than the wifi issue, I love this player. Very fast load compared to my Panny. The kids just watched Avatar on it and it loaded fast with no playback issues. I hope my replacement works.