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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by Simon on May 21, 2017, 16:10:32 »
I'll forward the suggestion, but I won't hold my breath. 
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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by MisterW on May 21, 2017, 14:23:55 »
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The reason behind this is that a "non-techy" relative
Exactly how non techy are they ? Ben's suggestion of home plugs might be an option , all they need to do is plug them in and connect the Ethernet cables. They are usually self configuring. Slightly more expensive than the wifi bridge but still cheaper than the Samsung dongle http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5742734
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IDNet Help / Re: email outage - for info
« Last post by nowster on May 21, 2017, 11:38:59 »
Ruddy Norton again! That's been causing problems for ISP support departments for over 15 years.
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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by Simon on May 21, 2017, 10:59:22 »
Thanks for the suggestions.  The reason behind this is that a "non-techy" relative has had a Samsung Smart TV for about 3-4 years, but has never been able to use the 'Smart' services such as iPlayer, etc, as the TV asks for a dongle when trying to set up an Internet connection, so she has never bothered going any further.  MisterW's suggestion of a WiFi range extender would be a cheaper option than a Samsung dongle, but it would mean a trip up to London for me to set it up for her, as she wouldn't have a clue.  Presumably, a dongle would just plug in and all she would need to do is enter her WiFi password, which I think she could manage, so that would be the preferred option.
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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by Technical Ben on May 21, 2017, 10:32:59 »
Does anyone know if a specific WiFi dongle is required to connect a Samsung Smart TV to the internet?  The Samsung brand models seem to be quite expensive, at around £40, but there are cheaper alternatives.  Can you use any WiFi dongle, or does it have to be one for a TV?
What age? Your better off getting a power plug and connecting is via wired network (but piggy backing of power plug/wifi extender or going to a full router if you wish). As MisterW says.

Most new tvs have wifi built in. This was manufactures cheeping out and trying to make extra cash.

Also, why do they want the internet? Depending on age, it may not even be compatible with anything, and a Google chromecast connected to your phone would give more features (but need better understanding... so are they tech literate? ;) ). Some of the not too old Samsungs have had iPlayer updated. It was mainly the older ones and older Sonys that dropped off when apps moved on. Though saying that, if it's just to see facebook, it may work.
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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by MisterW on May 21, 2017, 09:20:19 »
If it has a wired network port then get something like one of these http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5987685 . You'll need to connect it initially to a PC to configure it. Set it to Wireless bridge mode and connect it to the wifi network. Then just plug the TV into it's network port, the TV should just connect as though it was wired directly to the router.

NB you can get more details and download the manual from here http://www.edimax.co.uk/edimax/merchandise/merchandise_detail/data/edimax/uk/wi-fi_range_extenders_n300/ew-7438rpn_mini/
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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by Simon on May 20, 2017, 21:36:31 »
It's not my TV, but I did ask that, and was told that when they try to set up the network functions, the first thing it asks for is a dongle.
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Networking & Routers / Re: Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by Lance on May 20, 2017, 20:52:27 »
Assume you've double checked it doesn't have wifi built in?!
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Networking & Routers / Samsung Smart TV Dongle
« Last post by Simon on May 20, 2017, 13:55:54 »
Does anyone know if a specific WiFi dongle is required to connect a Samsung Smart TV to the internet?  The Samsung brand models seem to be quite expensive, at around £40, but there are cheaper alternatives.  Can you use any WiFi dongle, or does it have to be one for a TV?
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IDNet Help / Re: email outage - for info
« Last post by armadillo on May 19, 2017, 22:13:51 »
Many thanks for the explanation, Miriam.
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