Hi I found that using an ethernet cable direct to the modem via virgin worked perfick
just remember to power off everything, connect it up, restart modem awaiting boot to finish then power on E1 and go to update (make sure the E1 is set to auto configure the dhcp etc it is in the manual which is easy to read and you will find what I mean)
I believe the firmware is V2.0 however the E1 once connected will tell you if there is an update available when you run the "check for updates" process
I would plug directly into modem with ethernet cable if poss. that's what I did
although give it a try into the router at point (3)
all is correct in your list!!!
Point (5) read your manual (I forget which remote buttons to press right now) to check and update fimware on E1.
It really is a simple process... I did it B4 spinning my first disc; some people had trouble with SD DVD's not playing until they spun the matrix dvd I did not although the first few seconds of tarzan was the very first disc played on mine... I believe for some folks that a proper region 2 disc had to be played to lock the machine for R2 I'm not sure if doing a FW update to Ver. 2.0 fixes this or not
sorry only just read your thread or would have posted this reply earlier on
There is no new firmware released yet... the last update took it to (ver. 2.0) which was ages ago I only updated to that because my E1 was brand new that day and I thought the FW on it was very old.
Myself I think I will await peoples experiences with any new version when it is released and make sure it doesn't cause any problems first as my player currently works like a dream.