The Victor Reader Stream New Generation media player adds numerous wireless capabilities to the Victor Reader technology set. You can download firmware updates directly to it without a personal computer, play Internet radio stations, download talking books directly from the National Library Service for the Blind (NLS), get National Federation for the Blind (NFB) News Line updates, and listen to podcasts. The New Generation Stream moves this device into the realm of a smart device, that offers complete accessibility to low-vision and blind users.
However, all this new feature-function relies on a Wi-Fi network connection to work correctly. So, like other wireless devices, this Victor Reader Stream must be programmed to connect to wireless networks in your home, or anywhere you wish to use these smart features. And, as is also the case, these networks can change as you move from location to location, or you upgrade your wireless router, but use a different network name (SSID) and / or password. In this piece, we step through how to add a new wireless network to your Stream.
The Victor Reader New Generation Stream, features a voice style prompt system, and thus, has no visual screen. So with each step below, rather than showing pictures, we’ll quote what the Stream says as we execute each step.
If your Victor Stream had previously connected to a network at your current location, but no longer does, this could mean that that network is no longer broadcasting, its SSID has changed. In either case, you’ll need to program in a current in-range Wi-Fi network, as described below.
1. Turn on the Victor Stream.
Press and hold the Power button, located on the left side panel, near the top. Hold the button in until the unit beeps once. Release then.
The Stream then says, “Welcome to Victor Reader,” followed by a musical sound.
2. Turn Airplane Mode OFF.
Skip to the next step if your Airplane Mode setting is already OFF, as denoted by the yellow Network Status LED flashing as the Streams attempts to connect to a wireless network. The Stream cannot connect to any wireless network with Airplane Mode enabled, since this deactivates the Wi-Fi chips inside.
However, the net status lamp remains dark while the Stream is powered on, when Airplane mode is activated (ON). To disable Airplane Mode, press the Wireless key, located just above the number 2 key, near the center top of the Stream’s keyboard, as pictured next.
Then, press and hold this round key, with the Wi-Fi symbol embossed on its face, until the Stream says, “Airplane Mode OFF.” Release the key when you hear this, and then watch for the net status lamp to begin blinking. This signifies that the Wi-Fi circuitry is now turned on, and the unit is looking for any networks in its Saved Wireless Network list, that are in-range.
3. Notice that the Stream Reader is not connecting to any wireless networks.
If the wireless network status lamp continues flashing for more than fifteen seconds, then the New Generation Stream is unable to connect to any in-range Wi-Fi access points in its saved-network list.
Unfortunately, the unit makes no voice announcements to this effect however, as it continues looking for in-range access points. So if you cannot see the status lamp, then just assume that if you haven’t heard the, “Connected to Wi-Fi” voice message after half a minute, then the Stream has not connected yet, and is probably unable to connect. Proceed in that case, to the next step, to enter a network to which the Stream WILL connect.
4. Bring up the online bookshelf.
Press and quickly release the Wireless key until you hear, “Bookshelf, Internet radio…” If the Stream says, “Bookshelf, Talking books,” then press the Wireless button again. This should take you to the online bookshelf. You need to be in online bookshelf mode in order to access the wireless network settings as discussed below.
5. Scan for available wireless networks.
Press and quickly release the 7 key. This takes you into the Stream’s setup and configuration menus. It should say, “Menu, wireless.” If yours says, “Menu, navigation and playback,” then you need to repeat step 4 above, making sure that your Stream has been set to the online bookshelf.
However, if your stream has announced that you’re now in the Wireless menu, then press and release the 8 or Down-Arrow key multiple times until you hear, “Scan for available connections.”
Then, press and release the # (Confirmation) key, located at the lower right corner of the numeric keypad.
After a short pause, the Stream announces the first in-range SSID that it found. This may or may not be your desired network, if your target network is not the only one that is visible to the Stream.
6. Locate your desired in-range Wi-Fi network.
If the network you want was not announced in the previous step, then move around in this list by pressing the 2 and 8 (Up and Down) keys, pausing briefly after each press, so that you can hear the current network name. Stop navigating when the Stream announces your desired wireless network SSID.
Note that the Stream does not see 5 Ghz. wireless networks. Only in-range 2.4 Ghz. ones appear in the available networks list.
Press the Confirm (#) key when you hear it. This “chooses” your desired network.
7. Enter the network password if prompted.
If the network you’ve chosen requires a password (and we hope all of your Wi-Fi networks do), the Victor Reader will prompt you for it by saying, “Enter password.”
Use the numeric keypad to enter the password, by pressing each key the right number of times in order to reach the desired character. For example, to enter the letter ‘c’, press the 2 key three times. For the letter ‘s’, press the 7 key four times. After pressing the right number of times, pause briefly, and the Stream will say the letter you entered. If this is not right, use the Back (rewind) key to move the insertion point to the wrong character. Then, enter the correct one. If you need the character to be uppercase (passwords are case sensitive), then prior to entering that character, press the Book Mark key (the Book Mark key is the diamond shaped one, located at the top right corner of the keyboard, just to the right of the Wireless key).
When you’ve entered all the password characters, press the Confirm (#) key. This initiates connection to the selected Wi-Fi network.
When the Victor Reader establishes successful connection, it announces, “Connected to <wireless network name>.”
8. Enter a nickname for this wireless network.
Once the new connection has been successfully established, the stream may prompt for a network nickname by saying, “Enter a nickname for this network.” Such names might include Home, Work, Sisters, and so on.
Again, use the numeric keys as described above in step 7, to “type in” a short but memorable name for your new network connection.
The Victor Reader then says, “Connected to <nickname>.”
It may then say, “Please wait.” one or more times, while it checks the Humanware website for software updates.
9. Test out your new wireless connection.
If you wish, you can verify that your new Internet connection is working, by running the “Validate Connection,” menu item. This will only work if your Stream is connected to a Wi-Fi access point that also provides Internet access.
Do this as follows. Press the Exit Menu (the star (*) key). The Stream should say, “Leaving menu.”
Then, press the 7 key. The Stream then says, “Wireless, Airplane mode.”
Next, press and release the 2 (UP) key once. The Stream should then say, “Validate connection.”
Then, press the Confirm (#) key. The Stream then says, “Completed.” Then, the text voice reads a short message that was just downloaded from the Humanware web site. It begins, “Congratulations! You have successfully configured the Internet connection of your Victor Reader Stream…”
Enjoy, you’ve now successfully changed wireless networks on your New Generation Victor Reader Stream eBook player.
The comments in this piece apply to Victor Reader New Generation Streams that are running Version 4.4.12, Model 503 Stream, of the US English firmware.
- Solving Wi-Fi Connect Problems on the Victor Reader Stream, New Generation
- Victor Reader Stream, New Generation Review
- 2015-09-22: Tweaked content.
- 2015-08-30: Originally published.