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Could DTV ADD Built In Wifi To Its Boxes?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CraigerCSM, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Dec 6, 2009 #1 of 38

    CraigerCSM Guest

    This could be a way to do VOD better and not have a wifi router hooked up to it Or maybe they could activate the usb port and let you add a usb wifi adapter?
  2. Dec 6, 2009 #2 of 38

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Any DirecTV DVR out there now has an ethernet port which can be used either wired or wireless with the appropriate adapter.

    Having it built-in would increase the cost of the unit. Not everyone needs it. This is the same reasoning why DirecTV removed the ATSC tuners from the HR series DVRs, starting with the HR21.
  3. Dec 6, 2009 #3 of 38

    naijai Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    Activating the usb ports for wifi adapters is another can of worms
    1. Every usb wifi card requires drivers and the dvr has no way to download these or install it to itself
    2. With the multitude of adapters out there it will be next to impossible to pre-install the drivers like the receiver already has for the 600N & 610N ethernet adapters
  4. Dec 6, 2009 #4 of 38

    CraigerCSM Guest

    The why have the USB ports on the boxes what would they be for?
  5. Dec 6, 2009 #5 of 38

    CraigerCSM Guest

    So you could use something like this hooked up to the ethernet port and get VOD?

  6. Dec 6, 2009 #6 of 38

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Later expansion...whatever that is. You can use them as a serial interface to control the units now if you have the right equipment. You can also use them for the AM-21, that is about it as far as I'm aware.
  7. Dec 6, 2009 #7 of 38

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
  8. Dec 6, 2009 #8 of 38

    Knowledge AllStar

    Oct 30, 2009
    Why build it in when they can charge you $80 per receiver you want to hook up?
  9. Dec 6, 2009 #9 of 38

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Thats $80 for A e-net to wifi box. They also have power line units for $50 or you can run your own cable.
  10. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Who is they? DirecTV doesn't get any money if you purchase one of the wireless ethernet adapters. The only "semi-wireless" solution that DirecTV sells are the PowerLine adapters. I say "semi-wireless" since you are not running cable all across your house, but only to an electrical outlet nearby.

    - Merg
  11. CraigerCSM

    CraigerCSM Guest

  12. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Yeah, better value. I'm not sure why DirecTV went with these...
  13. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    You can actually use any wireless bridge. You just need to configure it first before hooking it up to the receiver if it is not one of the two DirecTV supports. As for just using PPV, remember the network connectivity is not just used to download VOD.

    - Merg
  14. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    A couple of uses:

    1. The AM21 OTA tuner requires it
    2. Automation (requires a USB<->RS-232 adapter)

    The vaporware DIRECTV2Go feature that was to allow transfer to compatible hand held devices was going to use the USB port to communicate.
  15. DJPellegrino

    DJPellegrino Godfather

    Nov 17, 2005
    Can also be used to charge your cell phone or other USB devices. We use it to recharge the Wii Fit board as well as powering it during use.
  16. CraigerCSM

    CraigerCSM Guest

    Do you mean why DTV went with VOD? PPV is so much easier to use than VOD and they have the same movies right? DTV could put the TV Shows on PPV. What TV Shows are available on VOD? Thanks.
  17. Movieman

    Movieman Hall Of Fame

    May 8, 2009
    I dont think we will see this in any boxes if we want to keep their costs low.
  18. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    So they can make more money off PPV from people who wont normally have a connection and also the recievers will report in from that location letting them know yes that reciever is at that addy. To me that would be a great answer to the phone line issue. Alot of people these days dont have a home phone. With wifi it might not even be your connection but you could get one from somewhere in the neighborhood probably lol.
  19. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    Let me throw another related topic out there that's been clunking around in my head for some time..
    Why not build in a wireless adapter, and transmit encrypted data from the ODU to the IRD wirelessly, from a Module/Switch located either at the ODU or somewhere centrally in the home?
    I understand that coax is much cheaper, but this just seems more efficient. Theoretically if you had a Module/Switch capable of supporting 16-32 tuners, you could run an entire neighborhood from one ODU. This could also support neighbors with LOS/HOA issues.
  20. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    It sounds good in theory, but there is no dedicated spectrum that I'm aware of that could support short range wide band communications like that. And I mean really wide-band, if you're talking the entire spectrum that the coax carries to the receivers currently. It would be easier if the wireless adapter only sent one channel at a time, but that would defeat the purpose of sharing the dish I suppose.

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