March 8th, 2013, 02:04 PM
Boxee First Time Setup problems
The boxee does not seem to be very well coded. There's not much intelligence to the way it operates. Here's my problem.
#1) I received my boxee box and plugged it into the 1080p tv in the other room.
#2) Boxee box boots and asks me if i want 1080p right off the bat (first question). Great, ok, sure, whatever.
#3) Boxee then asks me to connect to the WiFi on firmware version 1.0. I selected my wireless network and it went to town downloading a firmware update.
#4) Boxee reboots into v2.x and wants to connect to my wireless network. Select the SSID. It can't connect. Fine, lots of these little boxes are incapable of connecting to wireless on different modes. Proceed to try no encryption/auth at all, wpa tkip, wpa aes, wpa2 tkip, wpa2 aes. In every instance the device cannot find or connect to the network (computers, android, xbox, apple tv, nintendo wii, all have no problems connecting to wireless).
#5) Fine whatever, it's not new that these sort of devices have crap support for wireless, my PS3 has the same issue. So I go and plug it into a wired network in the other room. Wait for it to boot, the screen goes black. Great, the TV near the wired network doesnt support 1080p.
So I must now [do one of the following]..
A) Move my 1080P TV to the wired network
B) Buy and Run a 100 foot cable to my 1080p tv just to fix the boxee settings.
C) Move my DSL modem, phone, router to the other room with 1080p.
I tried pushing buttons and unplugging the power cable in every which way. That little button on the back doesn't seem to do anything but turn the unit on and off. Reset to factory defaults? Who would ever want such a thing.......
At this point, I just want to return the unit or stuff it in a box and never look at it again. But I need to use this unit to support a service, so that's not really an option.
Is it really that hard to run a check on boot if the device that it's plugged into supports 1080p? If not, set it to a lower mode? Or do they just expect the users to fix all of their problems with their open source? Also seems like the wireless problems are a known issue due to the endless threads about wireless connectivity issues, wireless drops, and the like. I have no doubt that at least some of those problems were caused by end users (router modem dropping out, etc)... But even accounting for that there are still an alarming number of reports. IMO just par for the course when using D-LINK hardware.. Netgears may overheat and burn up, but at least they work before they do.
Last edited by hidemynet; March 8th, 2013 at 02:43 PM.
March 8th, 2013, 02:23 PM
I think there's a problem between the chair/sofa and the remote control.
You would never need to do all three of the things you mentioned, because each of them would accomplish the same goal. One of them is enough. Or you could reset your Boxee to factory defaults. You know, by holding the power button for 6 seconds from off and then releasing it. It will boot to a maintenance mode, as instructed in the sticky post at the top of this very forum.
Boxee has its issues, but comparing it to the PS3 is unfair. It's a lot better put together than that, including its software.
Last edited by twistybox; March 8th, 2013 at 02:26 PM.
March 8th, 2013, 02:42 PM
Correct, obviously doing all 3 will be redundant. That part was multiple choice.
Originally Posted by twistybox