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  1. Rectech
    September 20, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Sounds like someone didn’t do any research before they tried getting the wireless USB adaptor

    • Gee Why
      September 20, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

      Yeah, you got me there. But I still attest that if Wifi was built in and active then it would make set up so much easier and the overall experience better. When working, the box is great.

  2. kroonder
    October 4, 2012 @ 3:20 am

    You can get “over the mains power” (powerline) adapters for $30 or so that do 200Mbps. Plug in one near the TV/TVpad and the other near your router (I’m assuming both are running on mains power and are not battery operated). More convenient and reliable than WiFi…

    • Gee Why
      October 9, 2012 @ 10:15 am

      Thanks! Good suggestions on options. I had forgotten about powerline adapters. They might have worked in this house although it is older.

  3. BB
    November 5, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    what Kroonder’s suggestion worked, that how my friend have his setted thing to rememeber both power inline adapter need to plug into wall outlet, extention power cord wont work

    • Gee Why
      November 5, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

      Thanks for the tip. The house I set up the TVPad is an older house with not many wall outlets so there are a few power strips being used.

  4. Whatis
    November 14, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    It most definitely supports wifi. I bought the same unit in August and set it up with wifi. I think what they meant by wifi connection being “uncertain” is maybe its not too stable. It works fine. Once in a while, when I turn it on, it won’t detect the wifi. I would have to redo the settings a bit and make tvpad feel out the signal. But eh, I’ll live.

    • Gee Why
      November 15, 2012 @ 8:35 am

      I think there are different hardware and software platforms floating around out there. No matter what I did, I couldn’t find anything that looked like typical wifi “stuff” – no settings, no password, nada. Doing some research online kinda gave mixed results too but the consensus was no on-board wifi. Now the hardware could have it but disabled by software, not sure. Maybe you got a model with updated hardware or software?

  5. John Sloan
    November 18, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    My wife bought the TVPad to allow our daughter to watch Japanese TV. I too was confused about WiFi (not) being built in, but hard wired it. The thing that really sucks is that less than one month after buying the TVPad, the app for streaming Japanese TV would never connect. TVPad tech support responded in broken english to “wait a while”. Well, it still isn’t working and we may as well have flushed a few hundred bucks down the toilet. We specifically asked whether Japanese TV was available when we watched it. I guess we failed to ask “how long” it would be available. Garbage!

    • Gee Why
      November 19, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      Did you take the box back to see if the software could be updated? The box I worked with was updated to get more (Chinese) sports “channels.” Maybe something similar can be done for your box?

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  8. DL
    January 16, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    The OS on the TVpad is just Android? So, all those apps on the TVpad are just regular android apps that can be downloaded?

    • DL
      January 16, 2013 @ 1:14 am

      I’m just at a disconnect on why this product is so special….

      • Gee Why
        January 16, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

        I tried building an equivalent setup using a hacked AppleTV (first gen) and various software. While it worked, it was just too difficult for my older in-laws to use consistently. They had to use the remote to navigate to and start up the various apps then navigate around to find the video streams. Seemingly, the TVPad made this user interface part simpler.

    • Gee Why
      January 16, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

      I’m not an Android user so I don’t know if they are exactly the same, but I have a feeling they are. The biggest differentiator is the interface between the apps and your TV. The TVPad acts pretty close to a cable box, and I’m not sure if that’s a TVPad customization. For the less technically inclined users, this is great since all they do is channel up/down on the remote to watch the different “programs” when these programs are actually video streams provided via the Android apps.

  9. sgsdrhsr
    January 21, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    most ppl that buy this is so they can watch certain tv channels you couldn’t watch online/with a computer

  10. Kevin
    August 5, 2013 @ 5:06 am

    This is good for people who do not use computers.

    I was annoyed at the WiFi feature too. There was no indication that it was built in. Luckily I had a 25′ ethernet cable set up from a while ago, between the router and where the TV is.
    I really dislike Chinese written user manuals for all products, including my split unit AC. These vendors should hire English speaking people to write the manuals.

    Their web site is useless. Why can’t they offer instructions online? I still do not know how to use the ‘favoite’ option. Not sure what the USB port is for. Tried plug in a USB thumb drive and don’t know how to fetch from it. Also, there is a search feature. But how would I input the search characters?

    I just found out (after a year) that some Apps have multiple channels but not obvious. Wish the site could have said something. In addition, I had to record all these channels on a cheat sheet myself. I do believe that TvPad can provide the listing of Channels as a courtesy.

    • Gee Why
      August 5, 2013 @ 10:44 am

      Yeah, I found out more about this “product line” from various forums and other sites.