The Google Nexus Player’s biggest strength is also it’s second biggest weakness (The first is a lack of available apps, but that could change if developers adopt the platform).
The first box to ship with Android TV software is incredibly simple to use. Not only does it have a simple user interface, the box only has a few ports: one for an HDMI cable, one for power, and one micro USB port that developers can use to connect a PC for debugging.
But it turns out you can also use the micro USB port for a few other things.
In my Nexus Player review, I noted that with the help of a micro USB to full-sized USB adapter, I was able to plug in a USB flash drive and/or a keyboard and mouse.
It turns out you can also use a USB to Ethernet adapter to connect the Nexus Player to a network. Even though the Nexus Player doesn’t have a dedicated Ethernet jack, the box should automatically detect your network when an RJ45 cable is connected and use your wired connection rather than a wireless one.
This can come in handy if you don’t have WiFi, want to use the box in a location where wireless reception is poor, or just trust an Ethernet connection to offer a more stable internet connection than WiFi.
Need a micro USB to Ethernet adapter? You can pick one up for around $5 to $25.