questionswhats the easiest (cheapest) way to add wireless…

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If your unit has a usb that supports a wireless dongle there is that...but since I don't know what you have...you may just want to go Roku route.

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How about a Blu-ray player with WIFI and DLNA.

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@xarous: Thank you! So many things I don't know. I do have a USB connection as well as a couple others. I don't know what a wireless dongle is, but it sounds interesting. I'm, gonna check this out

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@mybestuser1: I've thought about a blueray player, but then the technical stuff comes into play and I'm a little overwhelmed and short budgeted as well. I don't know what that other thing is you mentioned but if its a plug and play, I'm interested. Thank You!

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I guess I should have done this at the start; this is what I got a couple weeks ago http://www.woot.com/offers/lg-47-or-55-1080p-led-hdtv

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@kryzer: The LG LS4500 (47" or 55") are great t.v.s, but are not wifi ready. Meaning a usb adapter will do nothing for you.

You would need to pair it with a wireless, or wired depending on distance from router, streaming media device. Such as a console, blu-ray player, roku, apple tv, or wd tv live.

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@xarous: Thank you! I appreciate the specific things you listed. Would any of those let me control the internet connection from the couch? My router works where the TV is. Could it be as simple as a wire connecting my laptop to the TV? Netflix keeps coming up as something I could afford.

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@kryzer: If you are looking at the Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime route then honestly the easiest thing is a Roku 3. You will get HD programming that is slightly different than cable, but most users enjoy it. It would be wireless, so it would easily connect to your home network.

http://www.roku.com/why-its-cool (their site)

(Over 1500+ reviews) http://www.amazon.com/Roku-4200R-3-Streaming-Player/product-reviews/B00BGGDVOO/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

With Roku you would pay (with streaming premiums, like Netflix, Hulu) a little more than 200 dollars the first year (including 99.00 purchase price) versus cable package for a year at over 1000 dollars.

Roku also has MANY free to stream apps for news, weather, sports, independent broadcasting. If I were in your shoes I'd go that route.

You can hook your laptop up to your t.v. though it would depend on what cable, what your purpose for doing so was, how old your laptop is, etc.

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I'll throw in another vote for the Roku 3. I resisted getting one but didn't want to get cable so I reluctantly got one. I use it every day and wouldn't hesitate to buy it all over again. It's so much better than regular TV.

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I have a Roku 2XD, and I love it. I have more than a dozen channels linked to it, but I mostly use the free video I get from Amazon Prime. I was originally planning to sign up for Netflix, but so far I have so many free movies and TV series sitting on my watchlists for the channels I already have - that I see no need to pay for stuff, yet. (I live way WAY out in the country, so no cable. Just an over-the-air antenna and DSL.) I worried that my WiFi and DSL would be too slow for HD movies, but so far (few months) the link has been flawless.

Very easy to set up and use.

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OK, now you really got my attention - FREE? How and how is it that I'm the only one who hasn't heard of this?

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If you have an HDMI plug on the TV and your computer, I'd get an HDMI cable to run from your TV to your computer and run the computer on extended screen mode. That way you can use the laptop on the laptop screen and have YouTube running on the TV or whatever.

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@supersox: Thank You! I do have a plug on the TV for HDMI (whatever that is). While the other ideas are very interesting, for me, I think playing with the laptop this way may be the best way to get my feet wet with this world..

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Many thanks to all! If y'all are ever near San Antonio, ping me

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Buy an android TV which is basically a tablet but on your TV that's what I have and I watch Netflix and YouTube on my TV and they're only like 50~,you can buy an OEM one or dell is coming out with one in july

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@lordreaper28: Thank You! That does sound like a simple way to just get started. Usually these things become intuitive after a bit, I'm just trying to speed up the learning curve. Stuff like this was much easier when I had teenagers running around the house.

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One more vote for the Roku. Amazon has the LT model for $50. I would get an Amazon basics HDMI cable to go with it (HDMI is just the hi-definition version of the old red-yellow-white cables that came with things you hooked up to a TV). For under $60 you should be set. Once the Roku gets hooked (takes literally 5 minutes) up you can add "channels", which are basically just places that have content like shows and movies. Crackle is one that's all free - lots of lame movies, but a few good TV series. After that I would get Netflix for $8 a month, which gives you access to an insane amount of stuff through the Roku, your laptop, or your smartphone. We haven't had cable in 3 years, just a Roku and Netflix, and I don't miss it a bit.

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Some people mentioned roku. Something similar would be a google TV box. I think currently Vizio makes the cheapest one for $99 (last time I checked) called the co-star. I have it and it works ok. The interface is terrible, but once youre watching something, who cares. Netflix and youtube all work fine. Just plug it into your TV and go. If you have cable, you can plug that into the co-star and google-tv will be overlayed on top of it (I don't have cable or satellite so I don't do this).

Just a thought. Don't mind me.

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Alright, so since there are several people mentioned Roku I wanted to mention something that disappointed me greatly with with Roku. I have the cheapest version (LT), but would assume this is the same across all versions since the channel selection is the same.

There is NO official youtube channel and there is no easy (or maybe no way at all) to browse / play youtube over Roku. Unless you are a netflix, hulu, or amazon prime subscriber, I'd suggest to you a Roku isn't worth it. Most of the free content is just not worth the time or the effort of sifting through.

We use the Roku very often, but we ONLY use it for Netflix. We have several other channels we added, but rarely even browse through their content. CRACKED is the one exceptions. There seems to be a decent amount of content there but I haven't looked too closely.

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Thanks Folks! I didn't mean to start a flame war, just looking for a "Dummy's Guide To LED TV Systems" and no, you're not the dummies. Seriously - Thanks!

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@th3madhatter: It's not as easy as just clicking an existing channel on Roku, but you can watch YouTube using PLEX software on your computer. There are some other interesting channels on this site as well.

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@adadavis: Thank You! I'm going to look into that

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I think for sheer content, Roku is the way to go but if you want to surf the internet too, then GoogleTV is more likely the solution for you. GoogleTV has good content and can even collect & present content from your cable system AND let you surf the internet too.

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If the TV has an ethernet port, any router capable of running dd-wrt can be configured as a wireless bridge that will wirelessly connect to the main router. Then, your TV probably has youtube, netflix and other content apps. If the TV doesn't have an ethernet port, you probably don't have these apps available anyway and you would need an additional device (like the roku or boxee). In that case, I'd recommend a raspberry pi (except I don't think netflix is quite ready for that yet)

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Excellent Ideas - Every one of them, but now my head hurts thinking about them all. Thank You!

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@kryzer: It's an embarrassment of riches! ;o)