How to connect a DVD or Blu-Ray Player to the Internet

By Cee Jay

To connect a DVD or Blu-ray player to the Internet, it must include networking features. Some models are Wi-Fi ready, which means they can go online, but do not necessarily come with a wireless adapter. Other models have Wi-Fi built-in, and are ready to connect to a wireless router. Without wireless Internet, the other option is a wired connection that goes directly into the modem.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Router

Wired Setup

Step 1

Plug the Ethernet cable into the back of the DVD or Blu-ray player. It looks like a telephone jack, only larger.

Step 2

Plug the other end of the cable into an available spot on the router.

Step 3

Turn on the video player and wait while the device configures the proper settings to connect.

Wireless Setup

Step 1

Turn on the player and use the remote to select "Network Settings," "Internet Settings," then "Wireless Setup (built-in.)

Step 2

Select "Access Point Scan," then "Enter."

Step 3

Choose your network from the list and press "Enter."

Step 4

Press "Enter" to accept the default security, which is highlighted automatically.

Step 5

Use the buttons on the remote to enter the security key. If you do not know it, enter the URL for your router into a Web browser, and log in. You wil need the code listed as "Passphrase" or "Security Key."

Step 6

Select "Finish," and choose "Auto Acquisition" and "Auto" for the DVS server. If you use a manual setup, select "Manual" instead.

Step 7

Select "Do Not Use" when asked about a proxy server.

Step 8

Select "Finish" after the Diagnostics screen, and "Finish" again when it says "Settings are Complete."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a Sony player, press "Home" on the remote, then choose "Network" from the on-screen menu. Select "Activate Enhanced Features" to receive a code to active the online features. Enter the code at Sony's My Essentials website.
  • Visit Sony.com/blurayupdate for instructions finding the URL for your particular router.