From what I understand, apps that rely on the home network for data work or work better if the Joeys are connected to a HIC or directly to the home network.
Why do the Joey's have their own internet setup, and what's a reason we'd want it connected?
Not relying on MoCA to the Hopper then Hopper to the home network cuts out the middleman, so to speak. The HIC has the single purpose of being a router between MoCA and the home network. It doesn't have to do anything else (such as tune, store or display TV) so it provides a better connection.
Perhaps. Since they get the same feeds as every other DISH receiver I don't see why else the picture would be better.
On another note, I keep noticing people who seem to think the picture quality looks better with the new setup! I also noticed this, and I wonder why this is happening? With so many people noticing it, beginning to wonder if there's something to this? Interesting...
I especially notice it on DishHD channels, tuff like HBO, ESPN, etc. just seem to be very nicely saturated, less artifacts, etc. I wonder if these units have better video decompression chips or something.
Do the joeys have an Ethernet connection on the back?