Are you really suggesting that people who spend thousands of dollars on a television that promises "wireless" connectivity string a 50 foot patch cable across their living rooms? I have been a Network Engineer for 15 years and I can only assume that if you are a Network Engineer that you are currently unemployed. In the simplest of terms, if you connect the TV using a wired or wireless adapter that is not using encryption to a Router, DHCP should issue an address to the device and you should be good to go. This is not rocket science or in your case, 7th grade science. The problem most people run into is when you add encryption or your router is doing MAC authentication. Basic Wireless connections work out of the box for Laptops and the TV should be no different.
I have seen my fair share of inaccurate explanations as to why pings dont work on this site. So lets run through some basics:
1) Everything needs TCP/IP to communicate. This is the basic protocol for network communication
2) For PINGS to work properly, ICMP must be enabled. ICMP is a protocol that is an extension of IP. It uses concepts known as ECHO and ECHO reply, which is the equivalent of the TV saying "Hey Router are you there?" and the router replying "Yes, I am here". Echo and Echo Reply.
3) The reason ICMP is turned off on many routers/switches/firewalls is that ICMP had been commonly exploited by viruses. I think most of us have heard of a DOS (Denial Of Service) attack where a virus uses ICMP to flood the network essentially slowing traffic to a halt.
4) If you cant ping the gateway, Make sure there is a Gateway address present first before you start troubleshooting ICMP. Make certain that you have a valid IP address, subnet mask and gateway before you do anything.
5) If you dont have an IP address listed, start there. Check your router, make sure DHCP is enabled, If MAC authentication is enabled, either enter the MAC of your TV or disable it. Try adding a STATIC address in the range of your network. To figure out what is available, you can check your router to see what addresses have been issued or from your PC, go to a Command prompt and type IPCONFIG. Write down the subnet mask and gateway of your computer. Also take note of the IP address and do the following. If your IP address is 192.168.1.2, increment the last octet by 1 and try pinging. For example PING 192.168.1.3 and then .4, as soon as you find an address the shows "Request Timed Out", most likely that address is not is use. Make note of that address and use it for your TV. You can also get the DNS server by typing IPCONFIG/ALL as well.
I purchased the linkstick and got it to work but it took me a few shots at it. The problem I find now is that the TV keeps reverting back to "Network" instead of "Wireless" each time I turn he TV off. I then have to change the settings and re-enter the password. It is a bit of a pain in the neck. Does anyone know if there is a firmware upgrade to correct this?
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