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Can I use a NETGEAR RangeMax WNDA3100 on the Hopper?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by bradneal, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. bradneal

    bradneal Mentor

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    I am having the Hopper installed on Monday. The sales lady at Dish told me that the Hopper had a WIFI receiver built into it. Well now I find out that it doesn't.

    Can anyone tell me if the Hopper will work with a NETGEAR RangeMax WNDA3100 broadband connector (or any other broadband adapter, for that matter)?

    The receiver is not close to a phone jack or I'd just set my router up there. I currently have one of those A/C Ethernet wall plug things, but it is a really slow connection using that setup, which pretty much renders my sling adapter useless.

    Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Brad
     
  2. mdavej

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    You really need to forget about wifi and have Dish install a HIC by your router and run coax to it.
     
  3. Lifesaver2000

    Lifesaver2000 New Member

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    I can't say if a USB adapter will work for the Hopper, as I don't have one. I did recently see a different type of item you might consider if your desired solution doesn't work. It is the Belkin Universal A/V adapter. This connects to your wireless network and provides an ethernet port then that most networkable devices should be able to use. A review is available on a recent episode of Tekzilla at Revision3. Look for episode #307.

    At about $100 list price (or $62 on Amazon) it is probably a little more expensive than a USB adapter but should provide a bit more versatility. It also provides four ethernet ports so you can hook up more than one device, such as your HDTV.

    I tried to post links to the product and review pages but don't have enough posts.
     
  4. puckwithahalo

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    The tech will have what it takes to get it connected, be it wifi or using the hopper internet connector.

    For general information though, the approved Netgear adapter that will work is the WNDA3100v2 (some others that use the same driver are rumored to work, but I haven't seen it myself)
     
  5. bradneal

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    Hi mdavej,
    What is a HIC?

    Thanks,
    Brad
     
  6. bradneal

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    Thanks! :)
     
  7. domingos35

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    i am using a Netgear powerline adapter to connect my Hopper to the internet, works perfectly
     
  8. bradneal

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    That is currently what I'm using as well. But I think it really chokes the bandwidth, as my Sling usually won't' work when I'm away. Even if I have great connection speed where I am.
     
  9. mdavej

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    Puck already answered that (hopper internet connector). It's a hardwired internet gateway from your router to your hopper/joey system. It will be faster, cheaper and more reliable than any wifi or power line solution. If it's possible to get coax to your router, you should really ask the tech to install one. It also appears that DLNA works best in a system with a HIC.
     
  10. tommiet

    tommiet Godfather

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    Dish has a new WIFI adapter that they will install for free. I was having internet connection issues on my Hopper and the tech tried a Wifi adapter and it also did not work. Replaced the Hopper and all is happy on my wired network.

    The adapter is USB connected and has a long cable to place it where you want to.
     
  11. Blowgun

    Blowgun DHMO User

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    If you're not interested in PPV, BBMP, setting up QOS and DISH spying on you; what's the next big reason for having the Hopper connected to the internet?
     
  12. mdavej

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    Sling
     
  13. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Free movie ! :)
     
  14. Blowgun

    Blowgun DHMO User

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    Ah, Sling, I forgot about that. Yeah, I suppose others do find that useful.

    I have AEP, I see enough movies. :) Wait, you can only watch free movies if you have an Internet connection? Doesn't VOD use direct satellite streaming?

    Thanks.
     
  15. allyndrew

    allyndrew New Member

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    I had two (2) Dish Hoppers installed last week. MARVELOUS unit!!!
    I also connected my Netgear model WNDA 3100v2 wifi broadband adapter so that we could use our Blockbuster and 'on Demand'. This wifi adapter works great!
     
  16. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

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    I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your Hopper. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

     

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