Originally Posted by twwilliam
My router is one floor above my home theater system. I want the connection
for firmware updates, not necessarily for BD Live. Whether I run a LAN cable through the walls (virtually impossible) or temporarily down the stairs, the LAN cable run will be 40 feet. The temporary route would require me to down load updates manually.
Any suggestions how to avoid this.
I have 4 components in the living room and another 3 in the basement that need an ethernet connection, 70-year-old construction with lathe and plaster walls make snaking through the walls a challenge. I opted for powerline networking
from Corinex. Much faster than Wifi, it uses your house's power line for networking. You literally plug one adapter in at the router, and another end in at the component and it just works like a standard ethernet cable. 1 adapter becomes the master and the rest become slaves, so to split out my network to two additional rooms only required 3 adapters.
I then use simple (and cheap) network switches in the basement and living room to split this signal out to the various components. For the most part, this works perfectly, but the network switch in the basement has been a little flakier than the one in the living room. I was able to get the BD55 up and running upstairs using DHCP, but for downstairs I did have to assign a static IP address in the network set-up in order to get the connection to work. Not that difficult really, just pick an IP address within range of your router, set sub-net mask (usually 255.255.255.0), gateway (the router's IP address), and a primary and secondary DNS (available in your router's status screen) and I was in business. For anyone who can't get their DHCP network connection to work, try a static IP and you may have better luck.
But again, this was not a shortcoming of the BD55 as it worked fine with DHCP with a different network switch.