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Use iPhone hotspot as internet source for DTV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by cfclay, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Feb 5, 2014 #1 of 57
    cfclay

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    I have an iPhone hotspot that has a robust 20-30 GB/s and an unlimited plan. Can this be used for my internet connection for my Directv reciever and also for my GenieGo?

    The Geniego has a USB port in the front- I was curious what this for- might it work for USB tethering to complete the connect to the receiver?


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  2. Feb 5, 2014 #2 of 57
    slice1900

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    20-30 GB/s? I think you mean 20-30 Mb/s...but what does four orders of magnitude matter, anyway? :)

    Not sure who your carrier is, but you might find your "unlimited" plan isn't as unlimited as you think if you started streaming a movie or two a night! I'm not aware of any carrier in US that has truly has unlimited cellular data without something in the fine print about throttling or otherwise limiting your use in some way.
     
  3. Feb 5, 2014 #3 of 57
    cfclay

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    Correct- 20+ Mbps . Well, I've used as much as 170 GB in one month.....I think it's okay. Let me also put it another way that many can say as well- I've only spent $20,000 with this carrier in ten years..... They'll be okay with the usage ;)

    I just moved in the last 8 months to an area with fire blazing speeds is why the change to attempt to get by without an internet provider.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2014 #4 of 57
    Laxguy

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    The first question is, after the above, can you do anything else off the phone's hotspot? Tethering costs extra; may not be cost effective.
    Do you need this or are you just curious if it's possible?
     
  5. Feb 5, 2014 #5 of 57
    peds48

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    The DVRs are designed with having a 24\7 connection to the internet, so unless you leave the iPhone as a permanent modem, then it may not work.

    If you leave the iPhone as a permeant modem an you get an gaming adapter for the GenieGO, then you may be in business. note that the iPhone can only support up to 5 devices on tethering mode.
     
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  6. Feb 5, 2014 #6 of 57
    cfclay

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    Tethering doesn't cost me extra, and I have 5 lines for business. I have a dedicated line for internet that doesn't leave the house, if I can achieve this - I am dropping my home internet. This hotspot has been 100% reliable so far.
     
  7. Feb 5, 2014 #7 of 57
    cfclay

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    What's a gaming adaptor? I have no idea what that is :(
     
  8. Feb 5, 2014 #8 of 57
    peds48

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    the GenieGO only gets connected to an ethernet port, thus you need a way to connect the GenieGO using wireless since the Apple decided not to include an ethernet port on their iPhones, a gaming adapter accomplishes this. Although not sure that OOH will work since you would have to forward ports and there is no way to do that with the iPhone that I am aware of
     
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  9. Feb 5, 2014 #9 of 57
    cfclay

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    What's that USB port on the front for?
     
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    adding storage, like a thumb drive
     
  11. inkahauts

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    What carrier do you have is what I want to know. ;)

    I honestly say I think you need to just give it a shot and see. I see no reason it won't work based in what you said but I don't think anyone's ever done it before.
     
  12. dennisj00

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    A Linksys WGA 600n or WET 610n should be able to connect to the hotspot and then Ethernet to the DVR and GG. If both get addresses, you should be OK. Does put a damper on using OOH on the phone!
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Well, there ya go! How do you get free tethering?
    And, fiive lines? Telephone lines? How does that play in to tethering or your iPhone?
     
  14. mrdobolina

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    I'm betting he has AT&T and has had an iPhone on the account since an early iteration of the iPhone. My wife has had iPhones forever and still has legacy "unlimited" data with AT&T.
     
  15. slice1900

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    Those who grandfathered into the AT&T unlimited data have to pay full price for a new phone and can't activate tethering AFAIK.
     
  16. cfclay

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    Well this is not a phone forum… So I won't bore everyone, but there are many ways you can get free tetheringp. Also like I said, I have a large family I haves five lines… And I have spent a time of money with this com


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  17. Laxguy

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    I would appreciate your answering the questions I posed.
     
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    You could get the Genie Go 2 which has coax connections then you wouldn't need an ethernet connection. If the iPhone stays there all the time it will work fine.
     
  19. west99999

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    Not true. I upgrade my iPhone every time one comes out at the upgrade price and I activated tethering without a problem.
     
  20. peds48

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    Only if the geniego2 was available now, which is not and there is no launch date yet.


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