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Master Geek

#60191 21-Apr-2010 14:18
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I would like to buy a WIS09ABGN LinkStick Wireless LAN Adapter for my Samsung B650 so i can watch movies stored on my computer via my wireless router.

the problem is Harvey Norman wanna charge me $199 for a bog standard little wireless dongle that should retail for about $30 because it says Samsung on the side. The same items is retailing for about $69 in Australia.

Was just wondering if anyone can recommend a good Australian or US IT shopping site that will ship to New Zealand?

I used to live in the US but none of the retailers i used when i stayed there ( etc) want to ship internationally...

Any suggestions much appreciated. hoping to spend less than about $125 NZD.



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Master Geek


  #321430 21-Apr-2010 19:41
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Have you considered a wireless (or hardwired) router? That's the setup I have and it works well allowing me to also hardwire the PS3 to the same router behind the telly (ie good for expansion options), and network the lot with the PC

The wireless usb add on that Samsung offer will only allow you to reliably send SD video, so if you were wanting to view HD content (and why not on a 650?) then the configuration you are suggesting will struggle.

For about the same price you get way more flexibility


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Master Geek

  #321633 22-Apr-2010 12:09
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thanks for that - but why would connecting via the lan port to a wireless router make it any faster than just plugging in the usb wireless dongle?

to confirm i currently have the TV in the living room and a wireless router connected to my DSL in the spare room.


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Uber Geek

  #321640 22-Apr-2010 12:28
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This page says
"The Samsung's WIS09ABGNX LinkStick Wireless LAN Adapter is a re-badged D-Link DWA-140 or D-Link DWA-160." at the bottom of the posts.

The DWA-140 is $101 cheapest price on pricespy and the DW-160 is $118.

So $125 isnt bad considering anything else you buy has the potential to not work.

The general trick is to find out what the chipset is in the original unit - the driver in the TV will only work with this. Theoretically another device with the same chipset *should* work.

I googled and found lots of speculation about what should and shouldn't work.

PS. I see you said its $199 - not $125 - sorry....
Also found this as well:

Lots of posts saying that the Rosewill RNX-N1 works fine and is cheap - cant see that its being sold here - but if you want to purchase by mail order you could save a couple of $s

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

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Master Geek

  #321678 22-Apr-2010 14:03
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fantastic, thanks for that!
I might try to pick up the RNX-N1 if its cheap enough - from the states.
much obliged!

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  #321784 22-Apr-2010 17:50
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samdouglas: thanks for that - but why would connecting via the lan port to a wireless router make it any faster than just plugging in the usb wireless dongle?

to confirm i currently have the TV in the living room and a wireless router connected to my DSL in the spare room.

Ahh yes - you would at least need to hardwire it back to the router in the spare room. You may not be able to do that easily.

For HD and wireless you would need to look at Wireless N. So Lan port to Wireless N router, to Wireless N router in spare room, hardwired to PC. And I agree that just sounds messy Smile


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Master Geek

  #334748 25-May-2010 20:13
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update: i got one for a few $ from a friend who got one with his TV and didnt ever use it.
... in short... it sucks :( glad i didnt pay full price - DLNA is a joke, it doesnt play half the movies i have on my mac and you cannot ffwd or rewind etc. and the built in 'widgets' using online are pathetic. a weather widget and youtube...

wish i hadnt bothered now... still connecting my external HDD up via USB when i need to watch a movie...

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