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Could you tell me more about the wireless. I too have a netgear wireless thing from dish... but don't know who to use it. do I plug my television into that little box? or just plug the tv to power and in close proximetry to the netgear box and the television should work?
I have all neceseary equipment but now the tech is gone and i don't remember how to use it.
thank you for your help.
To answer childers, your TV should be plugged into your Dish receiver, NOT a wireless dongle. The wireless dongle goes on the Dish receiver in place of a wired Ethernet connection. This is most beneficial for plugging into a Joey as the OP stated, and works fine (once it's already mated to a Hopper). It's not so exciting on other Dish receivers, because the network is only used for streaming (and telling Dish where you are), and those other receivers still require a coax to the antenna. A Joey, on the other hand, does not have a satellite tuner itself. So, with a wireless dongle, it can easily be moved anywhere within range of your wireless router, along with a TV, and only need A/C power.
Edited by TheKrell - 11/21/13 at 9:43am
After reading this thread I purchased a Joey and Dish Net/Netgear wifi adapter from Amazon. Installation was smooth. Ran a temporary coax from the dish to the Joey, called Dish, got the Joey authorized and working. Seemed to work well for the couple minutes I tested it.
Shut everything down, disconnected coax and plugged in the wifi adapter. System recognized it, added it to the Hopper host as well as enabling MoCA bridging, did the wifi wizard thing to join my home network and sure enough, picture and sound. Tested it for a few minutes, everything seemed fine so I shut it down.
That was all about a week ago. In the week that the Joey has been unused it apparently downloaded an update. Now when I try to use it the system performance is slow as molasses and picture is severely pixelated with frequent artifacts and frequent loss of sound.
I played with it for a while and discovered SD channels don't have as much of a problem. That was my "ah ha" moment. I reduced the HD resolution from 1080i/p to 480i. Problem slightly improved, but persisted. As of now the only way I can watch TV on this Joey is by tuning the SD channels. HD versions of every channel displays the issue with pixelation/artifacts/sound.
So clearly I'm having a bandwidth issue. Odd that it was not a problem when I first connected the Joey. But for whatever reason it is now.
I guess my question is... if I upgrade my wifi router will that resolve the problem completely, or just "improve". Right now my configuration can't even keep up with 480i, let alone 1080i/p. I surely don't want to shell out a bundle on a new dual band N router only to discover the problem persists.
I suppose one method of testing would be to run a temporary Cat6 cable and try a hardwired ethernet connection. If the problem goes away then a high quality wifi router may likely resolve the issues.
I'm grateful for any comments or insight.
Thanks for your reply. You are correct on the MoCA bridging. It occurred to me last night... once I replaced the coax with wifi MoCA bridging was no longer serving a purpose. I've disabled it. Of course had no effect on my issue.
No other wifi devices are having problems. I have a notebook PC, Android phone and gaming console all using wifi without any performance issues. Joe reports wifi signal strength at near 100%. Clearly that doesn't preclude interference issues, but it does minimize effect if they exist.
Haven't had a chance to try the hardline. Probably this weekend I'll try an ethernet cable and also re-run that temp coax cable I used to authorize the Joey during setup and compare the various iterations for performance effect.