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So in other words a proprietary device, basically what the walka or drifta is using.It will soon be possible to connect your DStv Explora decoder to the Internet using an Ethernet-connected Wi-Fi dongle, but not a normal Ethernet cable plugged into a router or modem of some kind, MultiChoice has indicated.
Proprietary connection that they can control...MultiChoice was asked what the Wi-Fi dongle will offer that a direct Ethernet connection will not.
They cynic in me says that Multichoice made sure the ethernet port in their decoders was not wired up so that they could sell the wifi dongle to clients and make even more money!If they could somehow SELL you a working Ethernet port they would but they can't so they're just settling on selling you a WiFi dongle.
Maybe i read it wrong but I think the article said it will be a ethernet connected wifi dongle, meaning the ethernet port is wired?They cynic in me says that Multichoice made sure the ethernet port in their decoders was not wired up so that they could sell the wifi dongle to clients and make even more money!
Why didn't they leave the ethernet wired to the board and just disable it deep down in the firmware?
The SD PVR's hardware is actually the problem here. It has 2 inputs, but 3 tuners (2 viewing and 1 record) and for this reason it has an internal multiswitch. Single LNB setup will cause endless problems. Get that second feed into the decoder.
No chance. They're no better than a toothless lapdog**I believe an electronics industry control body in SA should try and defend the side of the consumer where Multichoice keeps doing this and sells an incomplete product to us and never gets to "fix" the incomplete part either.
Should it maybe be taken up with ICASA?
There are a lot of potential issues that could have caused them to leave off the wired Ethernet. It could be that they just wanted to charge for a wifi dongle, but I doubt that to be honest. It also could be that they ran out of time to fully test it for that purpose, and had to launch without it enabled. This affects the EMC testing and approvals which could be the reason why they can't allow it to be used as well. My guess is that its a more technical issue than a straight up business decision.