I have been using the Sangean WFR-20 WiFi Internet Radio for the better part of a year now and it continues to work as advertised. I have the radio configured to my local wireless network router (an AT&T router) and have never had an issue with the radio failing to connect.
The radio does come preconfigured for thousands of radio stations but over the course of a year the URLs for many of those stations has changed. In some cases, such as with the BBC, the stations have changed broadcast format, causing the stations to have to be updated via Sangean's website. Set-up via the site is not quite as intuitive or quick as one would expect it to be and changing multiple stations can be a time-consuming task.
I have had problem with Live365 stations in recent months that used to connect with no problem. Live365 now sends a message saying that "Preferred Membership" is required to hear those stations. Granted, that's only $4 a month, but I can hear the stations on my PC just as always, with no extra fee mentioned. Also, I know the broadcaster of one of the stations I'm having a problem with and have verified that Preferred Membership is not required to access her station.
My biggest complaint with the radio and its remote is that push button access to "favorite stations" is limited to only six. More presets can be accessed by using the dial knob on the front of the radio, but the less I have to depend on that knob, the better.
Also, sifting through those thousands of pre-configured stations is like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. Good luck with that. There are a few sorting mechanisms that can be used, but it is still a tedious process.
Sound quality from the speakers is excellent and I appreciate that the audio input jacks on the back of the radio. This allows me to connect a small digital audio recorder I carry to concerts directly into the radio to play what I've recorded through the radio speakers.
Setting the radio up to recognize my WiFi network was a little bit tedious but the manual that comes with the radio is a good one and that made the procedure easier to understand - even if I did mess it up on my first try.
I never did get the file sharing function or the other suggested method of getting my computer to share music files with the radio working properly. I blame that more on the router than on the radio, however, as I've had problems do similar things with other pieces of hardware.
Overall, I am pleased with the radio and have used it countless hours to tune into my favorite stations around the world and to access my Pandora stations. Set-up and tweaking are not all that easy but, once you have it all working properly, it is pretty painless to keep it functioning. Just sit back and enjoy all the music and talk radio a person could possibly want.
I believe this is the US branding for what in the UK is known as the Roberts WM201 wi-fi internet radio. The below review references the Roberts branding, but it may be that the technology is actually Sangean's. The differences between the two I believe are limited to the default vaultage and default equalisations settings. Otherwise they're the same radio (see the Amazon.co.uk site) Roberts radios command a good deal of loyalty, which is the only explanation I can give for … more
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The Sangean WFR-20 Wi-Fi Internet Radio offers direct access to over 6,000 internet radio stations and 21,242 on-demand streams in 250 locations from 60 genres. This allows you to drill down your search quickly and conveniently from your radio. You can also use your favorite web browser and a computer to search for specific stations and upload those stations to your radios. The "MY Stations" folder allows quick and easy access to your most desired stations. Don't find your favorite internet station on the list? Just submit the station to the website and it will be researched and added to the list, available for all of the current 14,000+ subscribers. Don't have a computer? Not a problem with the WFR-20. It still provides you access to the same internet radio stations and is designed to work as a completely independent stand alone unit anywhere in your home, office or dorm. All you need is a broadband internet connection and a wired or wireless router. Used in conjunction with your wired/wireless networked computer and Windows Media Player you have full access to your digital media library using the UPnP Server, or simply your Microsoft Shared File Folder function in MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, Real Media, and AIFF formats.