Originally Posted by AVMN
I may just be lucky, but I have had my Oppo 93 for two months now and the Net functions have been fine. I watch Netflix movies about three times a week with no problems. Yes, YouTube is slow to start but fine once running, and the unit streams photos far faster than my Denon AVP-A1. I use 12 meg DSL service, the supplied wireless dongle, and have an Actiontec GT784WN router/modem. I wonder if the problems others are experiencing are compatibility issues with the associated equipment.
I use Wifi all the time connecting to the latest model Apple Airport Extreme which acts as my router -- there's just a cable modem between it and the outside world.
The VUDU Network Speed Test (Home Menu > VUDU > MyVudu > Settings) consistently pegs at the top of its range every time I check.
Netflix does have sluggish behavior from time to time, and the first thing I do when that happens is check here to see if the world at large is reporting problems against the Netflix service at the moment:http://downrightnow.com/netflix
More often than not, when I'm seeing problems the complaints are pouring in from other users -- on other hardware -- as well. This won't always be the case, even if it *IS* a service problem at Netflix end, since the problem may be limited to a particular server farm or path affecting a limited geography. And each time you connect you may get a different service path, which means you can't always even judge by trying two different devices at the same time.
There *IS* a bug being worked on in the current firmware. The symptom is freeze during Netflix playback -- not while browsing in the thumbnails or searching -- which requires a power cycle to cure. I've stated that its occurrence is "very rare", and that's exactly what I'm seeing. And as best I can tell from following the discussion in Beta Test Club, that's a fair assessment.
I know there are others who've posted here that they are getting hit with this a lot, and it may very well be there's something about their setup or connection that makes it happen more frequently than what I'm seeing. But my first inclination is to try to eliminate OTHER problems as well.
For example, ANYBODY who is having performance problems with Wifi that go away when connected by Ethernet wire should first check the reported Wifi signal strength (Setup > Network Setup > Connection Information). You may need to move the Wifi antenna (the dongle). That's what the extender USB cable that came with the player is FOR. If you have good signal strength but are still having Wifi problems, there may be interference from other Wifi setups (neighbors) or devices (microwave ovens), or you may have a faulty Wifi base station, *OR* you may have a faulty Wifi dongle on the player! It's just a piece of electronics, and some will fail just as happens with every other piece of electronics ever made.
Which means, before you give up you should contact OPPO and see if a replacement Wifi dongle is worth trying. (They may also have history regarding whatever router and Internet modem you are using.)
(NOTE: Interference can often be fixed quite easily by changing the Wifi radio Channel the base station is set to use. The Wifi dongle will find the connection automatically on the new Channel.)