Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Patriot
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The PBO sports a front and rear USB port, but you'll have to plug the adapter in to the front – it doesn't fit securely in the rear port. This is odd considering both devices are made by Patriot and are designed to be paired up.
The adapter will be automatically detected by the player. In the “Network” menu on the PBO, an option for wireless setup is available.
Once you're inside the wireless setup menu, a list of available networks will appear, and after choosing an SSID....
...simply enter in the appropriate security information for your network. A connection test will follow to make sure you have connectivity. This process took me about 5 minutes.
When the connection test comes back successful, you can review the network information and be on your way to streaming media wirelessly.
I tested the adapter with an Asus RT-N56U router connecting at wireless-N speeds. The router and PBO were placed about 30 feet apart with a wall separating them. Under these conditions, I was able to stream HD videos from my desktop PC to the PBO without a single hiccup. Likewise, I was able to stream the same video from the PBO Core to my PC with equally smooth playback. At no time during a 2 hour movie did I experience any signal drops or other issues that could be traced back to the adapter. Now if I connected at wireless-G speeds (by turning off N in my router), HD videos would stutter, but standard definition videos still played smoothly. Music and photos streamed flawlessly at both G and N speeds.