Sony BDP-S380B Blu-ray Player – this one connects

Sony BDP S380B Blu-ray PlayerThis post is an update from my Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray Player review. For those that read that post, here’s the update of the saga.

It turns out that Hiwayhifi are wrong, the Sony BDP-S185 will not connect to my wireless broadband even after buying the Sony UWABR100 USB Network Adapter Dongle for £49.99 ! Confused ? Well read the first post and you’ll understand my dilemma.

So yesterday the kind people at Currys took back my new old Blu-Ray player, and I bought the Sony BDP-S380B Blu-ray Player for £20 more, at £119.99. This version DOES connect to my wireless network and does show BBC iPlayer and all the other functions that the BDP-S185 states it does, but via a dongle connection rather then a wire.

Am I happy now ? No, not really. The annoyance is that to connect to their online streaming including Love Film (which we subscribe to) I still needed to purchase and use the Sony UWABR100 USB Network Adapter Dongle – just because Sony won’t allow a normal dongle of any other brand to work with their Blu-ray player.

So, after buying the Blu-ray player, and their dongle, I’ve forked out a total of £169.98 – Amazon sell the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim Console for just £189 – so for a further £19 I could of played ps3 games, had 160gb harddrive, wireless connection and generally been a lot happier with my purchase. So that is my advice, if considering purchasing the Sony BDP-S380B Blu-ray Player and connecting to your wireless network, don’t bother, spend £19 more and get a PS3 – you can thank me later.

By | 2011-10-29T20:37:53+00:00 October 29th, 2011|Gadgets, Reviews|3 Comments

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  1. Martin January 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Good and informative article but i am slightly confused…… I am interested ‘cos we have a BDP-S185 player and are thinking of buying the required dongle.

    Are you saying the the required dongle UWABR100 works via the usb socket but… the machine does not recognise a dongle in the usb socket. If so what is the answer ?



    • dave January 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Martin,

      The Sony BDP-S185 will not connect to my wireless broadband even after buying the Sony UWABR100 USB Network Adapter Dongle.
      It has a USB port, but that is just used for photos and videos that you store on a USB memory stick.

      Hope that helps.

  2. Sam February 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Good article, was very close to buying the Sony dongle from Amazon but after checking the Sony website and not seeing the s185 listed as a compatible device, i googled away and came across your review. Saved me some frustration. Thank you!

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