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Sling questions

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by joeerg, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. joeerg

    joeerg New Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    I have two Hoppers, two Joeys. Also a ViP211k with a hard drive and DVR functionality in my RV. I want to be able to access the Hoppers from the RV. Unless there's some way that the 211k can talk directly with the Hoppers, this means either upgrading a Hopper to the new Hopper with Sling, or adding a Sling adaptor.

    My understanding from what I've read so far about the upgrade is that it would be more expensive and probably wouldn't add that much above just getting the adaptor.

    My questions are:

    1. Both my Hoppers have Wifi dongles. Does connection through my home Wifi work, or do I need to run an Ethernet connection between a Hopper and my router?

    2. I would be using my iPhone 4S as the hotspot on the receiving end. Is it fast enough to stream HD?

    3. I am currently running my home Wifi network off a b router. Do I need to upgrade to g or n to stream HD? If I go to n is it worth paying extra to get 5GHz compatability?

    4. How big is a typical 1-hour HD file? (I only get 5 gig/month on my data plan).
  2. BAHitman

    BAHitman Godfather

    Oct 23, 2007
    Austin Texas
    802.11b can't do HD. 5Ghz only would be needed if you are doing alot of other things with WiFi or if you have a bunch of neighbors nearby with wireless setup. the space with 2.4Ghz is pretty saturated, but using a wifi analyzer app for our phone can help you make that decision...

    1 Hour HD would normally blow your 5Gig plan, but with sling you might not blow it with 1 hour but likeley with 2-3 hours...

    Sling will normally try to use best quality for available bandwith... bandwith limitations would include your iPhone (mobile broadband data network) as well as uplink speed on your home broadband service.
  3. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    This is not a tenable plan to serve HD via your iPhone4S. 3G won't get you HD. Either way it's going to blow your data plan out of the water. You shouldn't be using both Wifi adapters on your Hoppers at home. Pick one, remove the other and enable bridging on the one with the Wifi dongle.
  4. joeerg

    joeerg New Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    Thanks, guys. I guess picking up the home DVRs from the RV isn't really going to work, short of ponying up for a 4G phone with an unlimited data plan. I'll make do with whatever's on the satellite at the time.

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