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: 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.
Summary: I received this radio today and absolutely loved it. It's magical, when it works. Then I did the firmware update. I followed the instructions to the letter. And it bricked the whole radio. It gets into some crazy loop when it starts up and keeps trying to re-connect to my wireless network. Doing a hard reset on the radio let's me re-enter my network information, and everything works fine. Then it gets back into the crazy loop whenever I turn it off and back on again.
Summary: Out of the box to listening to internet radio - total time 5 minutes. Easy set up, instinctive menu system on one dial/button combo. Good sound for table radio. Attractive design. The Receiva internet site makes it a breeze to drill down among the 1000's of choices to find what you want and customize your own dial. Next time you turn on the radio your personal menu with your choice of stations and streams.
Summary: I rated this 5 stars not because it is perfect, but because it works very very well for a first generation device. I guess since the Reciva system has been around a while it is not technically first generation, but it amazes me how well it does what it does. I am a radio nut who truly mourned the loss of shortwave radio broadcasts as a way to travel the world in your imagination. Here is all of that good fun back in a format that sounds better than ever.