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DirecTV offers access point, set-top box with top-notch 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Athlon646464, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Athlon646464

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    DirecTV offers access point, set-top box with top-notch 802.11ac Wi-Fi

    The Internet and TV provider announced today that it has deployed the WVB access point (AP) and the C41W set-top box to customers. Both of these devices are equipped with Quantenna's 4x4 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology.

    Full Story Here

    EDIT: The story at CNet has been pulled. Some of it was old news, and some of it was flat out incorrect.

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  2. Stuart Sweet

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  3. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I tried a search here for the AP (knew about the C41W), and may be just as confused as they are now.

    Fell free to delete my posts, but what is the Access Point part of the story? And why are they saying it's released today?
     
  4. Athlon646464

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    Now it's spreading around the 'net as if it's something new.........

    (I'm not going to add the link here to our favorite prognosticator's page). :nono2:
     
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  6. Stuart Sweet

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    It's not being released today. What CNet calls an "access point" is the wireless video bridge, nothing more. It is not an access point for any other device in the home.

    DIRECTV confirms that the C41W and WVB do use a closed WLAN and the chips are capable of 802.11ac. The field testing process had us referring to it as 802.11n... make of it what you will. We don't discuss the specifics of field testing.
     
  7. Athlon646464

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    Thanks for clearing this up. You just discovered something I've known for years - I'm easily confused!! :grin:
     
  8. Cavicchi

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    Does this mean we would need a router compatible with the Quantenna's 4x4 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology?
     
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    No, if you get a C41W you will also get a Wireless Video Bridge (WVB) that will act as a private access point specifically for the C41W. It will act completely independent of your router.
     
  10. inkahauts

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    No not at all. It's an entirely closed system and creates a separate wifi network just for it. Has nothing to do with any wifi you already have in your home.
     
  11. Cavicchi

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    Thanks for the info guys. Yesterday they installed an HR44 with 2 C41-100 clients and began a 2-year commitment, so I'm wondering if I could get this new upgrade. Seems like the main advantage would be ability to access VOD with all at the same time, aside from using DTV network and not drawing from your home network, which is also nice.

    I want it! :)
     
  12. inkahauts

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    Not at all what this is! Ugh!

    It's just talking about the c41w and the wvb you need for it. Read the first Look for the c41w in the first look section here.
     
  13. Cavicchi

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    I couldn't find that C41W first look. I saw the C41 listed but not C41W. Do you have a link?
     
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    See the second post of this thread.
     
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    Is there a typo in the first link or did CNET realize how old and misleading it was and take down the review?
     
  16. Stuart Sweet

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    OK so that's funny right there.
     
  17. Athlon646464

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    No typo - they woke up and pulled it. The claim of a free AP had me confused, as I said earlier..........

    I'll update the first post.
     
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    On one hand I guess I can sort of understand CNET's confusion here if the following is the case.

    Its called "Wireless Video *Bridge,* " and technically at least, wireless bridges only communicate with another single wireless access point (usually the one integrated into a router) in a point to point link, or another wireless bridge in a likewise single p-p link..

    Whereas the "WVB" used by DIRECTV is a WiFi bridge that can actually communicate in a point to multipoint topology with multiple WiFi clients (C41Ws in this case) which is like what an "Access Point" (or AP) does.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    Yeah, sorry, that's not an excuse. They make it sound like a regular access point. It's just really bad writing.
     
  20. LameLefty

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    Except for some limited satellite-delivered PPV movie type stuff, the VOD content still comes through your home broadband connection to the Genie. The WVB just transfers that same content to your C41W client wirelessly over a private network. The C41 gets that content from the Genie over the DECA network, again off your regular LAN.
     

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