just now got my bd65 and only took a couple of minutes to connect it wired to my router after i found where the mac address was displayed--i use mac filtering. i know it doesn't make much sense for a wired connection, but my router doesn't distinguish between wired and wireless for the mac filters.
firmware upgraded to v1.23 from v1.14.
this is replacing a bd30 i've had a couple of years now, my only complaint being its slowness. i was astonished at the size comparison--the bd30 seems 3 or 4 times the size of the bd65.
i was pleased that it seems i'm able to use my bd30 remote and i didn't have to change a single harmony one setting--i simply unplugged the bd30 and plugged the bd65 in, the only addition being the ethernet cable.
i tested it for an hour or so using 5th element and avatar. although i didn't time things, the bd65 doesn't seem that much faster than the bd30. i was able to play 5th element pretty quickly (approx 60--120 seconds) but avatar took at least twice that long, throwing up 'reading' icons at least a half dozen times.
also, the bd65 seems no faster in operation and like the bd30, causes 'no signal found' to appear on my tv when i simply advance to the next or prev chapter, for instance. of course the fault for that could like anywhere in the hdmi chain from the dvd, through the receiver, to the tv.
i was able to login to youtube and netflix (after a frantic search for the '_' character) and test them briefly. netflix seemed decent, but youtube displayed garish colors for a video i had uploaded. since i have netflix and youtube already on my tivo, i doubt i will use the bd65 for these functions, but did i see some folks discussing pandora? i would use it for pandora since tivo uses rhapsody which i dislike.
for the price i paid (1/3rd the price of the bd30 when i bought it) i am very well pleased. especially since it plugged right into my system with no re-configuration. the feature i use the most next to dvd viewing is the sd-card avchd--i love being able to go right from my cameras (which shoot video in avchd) right to viewing on my lcd tv.
We were somewhere around the Withywindle on the edge of the Old Forest when the drugs began to take hold. ~Hunter S. Tolkien