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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 2014-12-07, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone used the Satellite TV WiFi Adapter?

This thing -- http://www.bell.ca/Bell_TV/Products/...less_adaptater

I don't know what else it would do other than what I'm hoping it will, but for some reason I have some skepticism.

I have a 9241 PVR

I want to use the Bell Satellite TV App (on Apple devices) to control my PVR - ie. using my iPhone/iPad as a remote, as well as setting and managing Timers, etc.

Will it allow me to do all that?
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 2014-12-10, 10:15 AM
 
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Good question...makes me wonder if any old wifi adaptor will do....But wouldnt we have needed a firmware update on the receiver to prepare for this device?


Edit...I tried an old and cheap 'Retail Plus' adapter that I had laying around and my 9241 says it isnt supported...

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Any wi-fi adapter would not work. Ones with the same chipset might. I suspect that Bell has already added support for this adapter.

The adapter will probably provide the same functionality as a wired internet connection. (I haven't used it personally.) That is simply to enable ordering of PPV on the PVR and the use of Bell Remote PVR and the remote PVR app. According to Bell's documentation, setting and managing timers is possible. Note that is uses the USB port so it might interfere with an external drive.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 2014-12-10, 11:39 AM
 
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unless you can make use of the front usb port, but then the door would likely have to remain open.....Next generation of receivers SHOULD have built in wifi, so til then Im just going to keep using wired
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Not sure how the newer receivers are built but the USB ports on the 92xx series could not both be used at the same time. They appeared to be wired in parallel, not through an internal hub. (Nasty piece of cost cutting by the designers.) An external hub might work but I would need to try it. It does not work for supporting 2 hard drives so I have some doubts.

If running an ethernet cable is not an option, another way to do this would be to use a wireless router configured as a client or repeater and connect it to the PVR.
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One caveat as to the remote control app, with my Fibe setup, it assumes I'm running a vanilla firewall setup. I don't. I have a hardware firewall and have issued my devices a different I.P. address segment than standard and don't use the Bell wireless so I am unable to use the remote control function. The scheduling of programs does work however.
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 2015-03-24, 11:18 AM
 
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I just received one last week and it disconnects itself daily. What a pita.


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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 2015-03-24, 12:25 PM
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I have a netgear wifi adaptor I was not using any more, plugged it into the back of my bell 9400, and it worked. I also checked the signal indicator to make sure I'm getting signal higher than 60% RSSI because I do not want mine to disconnect itself daily.
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 2015-03-24, 02:44 PM
 
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I purchased the Bell Satellite Wi-Fi Adapter and if you take a look at the back, it states that is a Netgear Adapter, therefore, I would assume that there are at least a few Netgear models with the same chipset that would work.

My adapter has only disconnected itself once since I purchased it one month ago and it happened right after updating the firmware to my wireless router. I reconnected the adapter and it connected instantly and that was 4 days ago and has not disconnected since, therefore I assume the update was the issue.
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Paolo, do you know the model number of the adapter?
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Thanks. Good to know.
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post #13 of 26 (permalink) Old 2016-03-18, 02:53 PM
 
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I just saw one of these today. Can someone tell me what they are used for?

The customer thought it was for Video-On_demand or Crave TV.

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46FD04: Correct, It allows internet connectivity to your PVR for: Satellite Video On Demand, Crave TV (if subscribed) and ability to manage PVR recordings remotely from smart phone/tablet or the web.
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Not every model supports this though, my 9242 does not have the VOD/crave function but has the ability to manage PVR recordings remotely
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