Georgeous Case, Easy Setup, Was the closest thing ti Plug -n- Play I have seen in a while.
SilverCore Labs "Eric", Amazon
13 December 2013
Summary: The packaging was extremely nice, great solid box, styrofoam and a soft tissue paper wrapper around the radio. I unwrapped the radio, enabled the remote, plugged it in and within a couple minutes I was listening to my favorite internet radio stations. It was that easy! Now, I have an extensive technical background which may have helped with the easy setup but I feel this was very smooth and I had to put little thought into it.
Summary: this is my fourth wifi radio, previously owned one Sanyo and two Grace radios, and this Sangean is by FAR the best. I bought it about six months ago, it was up and running within 30 minutes of opening the box and has worked perfectly since. The only drawback is that when the radio is playing the clock disappears, not a hardship for me. I have never used the alarm feature so don't know about that. It is higher in price but worth every penny in my opinion.
Summary: I bought the Sangean WFR 20 several years ago, and it worked well until Comcast replaced our old wireless gateway router. I was then unable to connect, despite much internet searching and many attempts at reconfiguring the connection settings. My search for help on the net revealed that I was not alone in this regard. The company appears to offer little help in guiding owners as to how to reconfigure this unit. My solution is to buy a good set of speakers for my laptop.
Summary: This radio sounds great. Only complaint is the navigation. Kind of hard to get around with one knob on the device and the remote is also pretty limited. This is mostly a burden during setup. Once it's up and running, it's rare that I need to change stations thanks to Pandora. Also, I want to mention that it takes about 20 seconds to tune into a station when you turn it on. Changing stations is fast.
Summary: I loved this radio for a few years (!) and discovered the new mantra of technology: an upgrade means reduced functionality. If you mistakenly upgrade to the current firmware, or it comes with the current firmware, this radio will take longer to turn on than a pre-transistor radio with bad vacuum tubes. There is no legitimate way to downgrade the firmware, and no appeals to Sangean will be answered.
Summary: Ever since I updated the Firmware November 2009 I cannot use this internet radio anymore. Radio is in a loop loading stations forever, doesn't matter LAN or WLAN. Even in December 2010 there is no solution or new firmware. I deeply regret this buy.
didn't work either did the replacement even with professional help
10 September 2010
Summary: Needless to say I believe this is a dud--at least there is no quality control. Neither first nor replacement worked. We got professional set-up which told us the same thing--neither set worked.
Summary: Sangean did not respond to my inquiries. The problem is documented on the Reciva forum. If you buy, do not upgrade to version 003 if you have that choice.
Pros: Great little wifi radio that was a little quirky in the control department.
Cons: Ruined by upgrade 003, in which Reciva was trying to implement an EU requirement that wouldn't allow a certain component to stay powered. Consequently when you turn it on, it takes over 60 seconds to connect. There is no easy way to revert to the earlier version (002) without resorting to complicated 3rd party software. In effect, the upgrade has turned this into a pricey brick.
All the negative things are true, but I still love this radio
Douglas G. McEwen "Doug M", Amazon
16 April 2010
Summary: I've had my Sangean WFR-20 for about a year now. I've never written a review here, but I really love this radio and wanted to throw my thoughts in. I read all the reviews a year ago, I haven't gone back to reread them tonight, but I pretty much agree with all the negative things written. It took my a while to set up, and after I got the wifi working it took me a long time to realize my modem didn't support playing computer files on other devices.
Summary: I bought one Sangean WFR-20 Internet Radio for my wife and one for my brother for Christmas. My brother took his out of the box, entered the Verizon Fios router key, and was listening to stations from around the USA immediately. My wife took her radio out of the box and couldn't figure out how to set it up. So I read through the instructions and proceeded to attempt WIFI connection to my new Linksys N Ultra Range Plus router.