Samsung SPF-85V Digital Photo FrameFeb 18th, 2009 | By Simon
If you’re starting up the digital photo frame for the first time, Samsung will walk you through a quick configuration page. It’ll simply ask for your language and whether or not you want to use the Wi-Fi network. If you choose “yes”, it’ll prompt you to select your access point and enter your security password. It would have been great if they GUI hid your password with asterisks and if you can manually input an SSID to use. If it is hidden, you need to unhide it in order for the SPF-85V to detect it. Once connected, it’ll search for your PC.
As far as I know, you must run Windows Vista or XP and your media must be shared through Windows Media Player 11 and the Samsung Photo Frame must have the appropriate permissions to view the Shared media. Once you’re done, it’ll take you back to the Settings page.
You’ll notice in the photo above that the Samsung Photo Frame has a green checkmark beside it, indicating it has the appropriate permissions.
Once you’ve gone through the initial configuration page you can navigate through the main menu of viewing photos, playing music, watching a movie, checking the time and modifying more settings.
If you’re connected to a PC via the Wi-Fi connection, the shared PC will show up under PC. If you have multiple PCs shared on your network, I can only imagine that it would list all the PCs.
If you’ve properly configured the wireless connection, you can tell on the top left corner of the main menu whether or not you are on the internet and connected to a PC. The internet connection allows you to browse pictures via RSS feeds or Windows Live Space photo sharing websites.
If you’ve connected any form of flash media to the digital photo frame, you’ll see it at the top right. You can also tell if you’ve connected to a wall outlet for power or running on battery. In the photo below, I’m running on battery power as indicated by the battery icon.
If you’ve setup the Wi-Fi feature, you can make changes to the SPF-85V via your network. The administration page is relatively simple but it is quick to load and serves its purpose.
There’s no point in owning a digital photo frame if you’re not going to show pictures! Let’s see how well the SPF-85V handles.