On the new support website there is a link for: dish.com/broadband which goes to: http://www.dishnetwo...nd/default.aspx
In this page, it indicates three options to connect to broadband:
Wireless Connector (essentially a USB to Wireless adapter).
This is really big news to me. I have seen it asked many times, but never confirmed. There are even screen shots about it. From my previous experience, usually when this type of support is done, the box supports various chipsets rather than specific brands. Can we get a list of the supported brands of chipsets (or brands where we can than figure out what chipsets are supported in the box software)? Did I miss this being posted eleswhere?
The Wireless menu needs to exist in your box at (be grayed out): Menu, 6, 1, 8, 1. Once you plug in a supported adapater (likely back USB port not front), you will get an "attention 306" to walk you through the setup (wireless AP, wireless key, etc.)
I did talk with Dish, and they are no specific models recommended. ATS mentioned the Netgear 802.11n adapter. This is a start. Can we use our collective knowledge to test various adapter (b/g/n) and see which one work?
Untested, but options:
Netgear WNA1100 (N150) (Atheros ath9k_htc Chipset)
Netgear WNA3100 (N300) (no info)
Netgear WNDA3100 (v1) (Wireless a/b/g/n N600) (Atheros AR9001U-2NX Chipset)
(http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR9001U.htm -- also found in UNTESTED: D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N Duo USB Adapter(rev.A), Atheros 11n Wireless Network Adapter, ZCOM NB 802.11n ABG Wireless LAN USB Adapter(UB82))
Note, Dish only conveys this working in: 222k, 622, 722, and 722k. It might work in other VIP models like 211, but that is unknown (clearly Wireless menu option needs to be there).
Confirmed working (should also be known by Dish retailers and installers):
Netgear WNDA3100 (v2) (Wireless a/b/g/n N600) (Broadcom BCM4323 Chipset)
This is a bizarre change from Netgear. This was likely do to performance issues with the Atheros chipset, but because Netgear did not change the model number, it is going to make the purchase process harder unless we can confirm both v1 and v2 work.
I will update this list with working adapters. We can also Google to find out the chipsets used as well so that we can find cheap older ones or no-brand ones that should work as well. These are pretty cheap devices since almost everything comes built-in with wireless these days.
I have tried Slinglink (Homeplug - unsuccessfully due to circuity problems) and was considering the expensive bridge options (which it looks like many people are doing).
Let's get this figured out!
Edited by rasheed, 23 August 2010 - 06:40 PM.
Revised information from research. Thanks to PATECO and Jimmerinwi