Many Blu-ray players come with the ability to connect to the Internet to access online features like firmware updates and BD-Live content. Current generation Blu-ray players (with the exception of the Playstation 3) use an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet. The problem is getting the Internet connection to the Ethernet port. Here are three methods:
Ethernet Cable to Modem/Router
You’ll need a long Ethernet cable that connects directly to your router or modem. For many people, this is not a viable solution because their modem or router is not close to the television, and running a long cable through the house/apartment is not practical.
Wireless LAN (WiFi Network and Ethernet Bridge)
For a wireless solution, you’ll need two things: a wireless (WiFi) router, which broadcasts your Internet connection wirelessly throughout your house, and a device that turns the WiFi signal back into an Ethernet-accessible connection. This device is most commonly called an Ethernet bridge, but is also known as a gaming adapter, access point, AP client, or media converter. The bridge then connects to the Blu-ray player via an Ethernet cable. Ethernet bridges usually cost between $50 to $120.
Belkin F5D7330 802.11g Wireless Ethernet/Gaming Adapter (Amazon.com Link)
Linksys WET54G Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge (Amazon.com Link)
Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Powerline Ethernet adapters turn a home’s electrical outlets and wiring into a home network. You’ll need two adapters to start, the first adapter is connected to your router (or modem). A second plugs into a wall socket near your Blu-ray player. Your Internet connection runs through the electric wiring in your home, and the powerline adapters serve as Ethernet ports to access it. Please note that you can’t plug a powerline adapter into a surge protector, so it’ll need its own wall outlet. You can also buy subsequent adapters for other rooms in your house to further share the connection.
Netgear XE102G Wall-Plugged Ethernet Extender Kit (Amazon.com Link)
Netgear XETB1001 85 MBPS Powerline Network Adapter Kit (Amazon.com Link)