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Just think about it. It's a driver issue. So ReplayTV programmers have to write a driver for some third party USB networking wireless device.

So because there are multiple devices available it has to be multiple drivers written. Plus as more USB wireless devices become available or upgraded or updated, the ReplayTV drivers for those should be released updated as well. ReplayTV folks were able to do it with Ethernet only because they wrote the driver for a single device - build-in NIC. But for multiple third party USB wireless devices? In my opinion - Very unlikely.
 

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Well, Replay could always just support a limited number of chipsets. I mean, realistically, supporting LinkSys gear gets the lion's share of the WiFi market. And, if you want to go even lower-level, almost all WiFi gear is based on the same chipset. Can't think of the company this second. Starts with a P.


IMHO, there's no point in supporting USB WiFi. The ethernet bridges [like LinkSys' WET-11] provide the functionality, and they're getting cheaper and cheaper.
 

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Plus they would have to explain why they choose Linksys out of all companies that make such devices. "Fare business practice" crap.

I actually think the intend of building USB port in RTV was not for wireless devices but rather for connectivity with their own future mobile devices. So you can take a show and watch it on the go.

Like they advertise on 5XXX series box. Or may be I am just dreaming :)
 

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the wet-11 solition creates another problem I call power brick creap. It requires a DC converter to be plugged in. I don't know about you, but I have about 9 or 10 things plugged in near my entertainment center. The USB devices are powered by the USB bus. USB is too slow though, and they should use 802.11g and USB 2.0.
 

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There are only like 3 or 4 different chipsets that are used out there. Not that difficult to do.


I would be more worried about thoroughput issues over wifi, then driver support.
 

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Why wouldn't they release their own version under the ReplayTV name and not support any others? They could sell it as a $95 option. Why would they support third party devices?
 

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*hogwash*


(sorry... I've always wanted to say that...)


I think this will happen - and soon - and most devices will be supported - I can say this because modern USB devices typically belong to one of the univeral "device classes"... for example - if you have windows xp - you can get one of those little usb compact flash keychain thingies and you don't have to load *any* drivers... most usb ethernet devices should belong to the generic "wireless mobile communication device" class... that means you only need one driver to support all devices that comply to that standard.
 

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Originally posted by Reeler
Why wouldn't they release their own version under the ReplayTV name and not support any others? They could sell it as a $95 option. Why would they support third party devices?
Yeah.. the day that happened I'd come here and read all the complaints..


"ReplayTV is ripping us off.. that USB Ethernet adapter costs them no more than $10.00" :rolleyes:
 

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Large number of wireless adapters (Linksys, etc) are based on the Prism chipset, should be easy enough to write one driver for this chipset that will support lots of adapters.
 

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The wireless bridge is the most obvious solution. No drivers which will save money for D&M, and lots of choices for consumers. 11a or 11g are the only way for them to go for bandwidth reasons....Hey wait, we can already go get a bridge. Problem solved. Move on to other problems D&M.
 

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heck with usb, replay, or the guys who bought them needs to implement firewire so we can plug in some external hard drives
Now there's an idea... :rolleyes:


New to ReplayTv eh? Firewire was on the early hardware.. never implemented.
 
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