Yes! In fact you don’t even need a crossover cable (many/most modern Ethernet devices these days can sort that out for you).
I’d recommend trying the built-in browser on our demo (as mentioned above) because that’s probably the biggest wildcard.
But here’s what I did to hook the Samsung near me directly to my [I]groov [/I]Box using a regular Ethernet cable, and some comments along the way:
Found the network settings of the TV. Sadly, it apparently does EITHER wired OR wireless, so when I was connected to the [I]groov [/I]Box directly, I couldn’t get on the internet. Boo hoo. Don’t know if other smart TVs are smarter. The default IP of the TV was 169.254.138.[B]98[/B] (subnet 255.255.0.0), so…
Set ETH1 IP on my groov Box to be one higher than that 169.254.138.[B]99[/B] (same subnet).
Found the built-in browser on the TV (pressed the “MORE” button on the remote, wished I had “MORE” button in other parts of my life, but I digress). Typed in the address (don’t forget the http[B]s[/B]!) with that clunky TV remote, before I noticed someone had conveniently plugged a nice keyboard and mouse into the TV via USB. Hope your TV has that option too.
When the scary security certificate warning popped up (because I’ve not yet installed a certificate on that box), I clicked “Access anyway” but the address disappeared. Boo hoo again. Hoping your smart TV is smarter on that too. Luckily, when I re-entered the URL, all was good.
Of course, TVs vary widely so the usual disclaimers apply. I hope you’ll share your experience here!
Here’s photos of the scary message + groov Box over direct connection, then demo.groov.com over wireless via the internet:
Hope that helps!