Internet connectivity dongle for DStv Explora: report

Why do I need a WiFi dongle? Surely one can just plug a damn Ethernet cable in?
 
I'd love to know if the WiFi dongle is absolutely necessary? Or will people be able to just connect the decoder to a router using the ethernet port and a LAN cable?

It seems totally stupid to not allow a LAN connection...
 
I'd love to know if the WiFi dongle is absolutely necessary? Or will people be able to just connect the decoder to a router using the ethernet port and a LAN cable?

It seems totally stupid to not allow a LAN connection...
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Why doesn't the decoder come with Wifi in the first place?

I thought the decoder was "next generation"
 
Why do I need a WiFi dongle? Surely one can just plug a damn Ethernet cable in?

I'd love to know if the WiFi dongle is absolutely necessary? Or will people be able to just connect the decoder to a router using the ethernet port and a LAN cable?

It seems totally stupid to not allow a LAN connection...

I've asked MultiChoice about that. As soon as they let me know, I'll let ya'll know.
 
We expect answers Jan....

Or we'll force you to send more flowers to the attractive host on SABC :p
 
I've asked MultiChoice about that. As soon as they let me know, I'll let ya'll know.

I expect MultiChoice to say that you need the dongle due to something like piracy concerns. That way they can make more money selling the dongles... but let's wait to hear what they say. Thanks Jan.
 
Inactive? That port is active! I dare anyone to plug an ethernet cable from your router in while the decoder is on that ethernet page and you'll see it will tell you that it got an IP address. You can even ping it and it will reply.

This dongle is BS!
 
Inactive? That port is active! I dare anyone to plug an ethernet cable from your router in while the decoder is on that ethernet page and you'll see it will tell you that it got an IP address. You can even ping it and it will reply.

Thanks for the feedback. I've changed the word from "inactive" to the more general "unused" for the sake of accuracy.
 
Inactive? That port is active! I dare anyone to plug an ethernet cable from your router in while the decoder is on that ethernet page and you'll see it will tell you that it got an IP address. You can even ping it and it will reply.

This dongle is BS!

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Thanks for the feedback. I've changed the word from "inactive" to the more general "unused" for the sake of accuracy.

Sorry, Jan. My outburst wasn't really directed at you, but at those greedy bastards!
 
These okes are printing money. Ethernet is always preferable. Much more stable.
 
"Quoting group chief technology officer Gerdus van Eeden, the report said that users will be able to connect the dongle to the decoder’s currently unused Ethernet port."
How Do you connect a dongle to the Ethernet Port?
 
I'm wondering if it's just a normal Ethernet->wifi dongle, like you needed for the early PS3's and can get for about R350 at a computer shop... and they're just pushing wifi because not many people have Ethernet in their lounge. In that case you can probably shove a cable in there. Remember, they said they "developed" this decoder when all they do is shove a standard Pace decoder circuit board in a box ... I'm guessing they'll "develop" this dongle in the same manner.
 
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Should have come built in if they were serious or had a properly planned future for this decoder. In any case some of us will not be moving from the Hd pvr2p anyways. Will stick to streaming
 
Very "next gen" decoder... Not!

I already have wifi on the TV and if I want to watch anything I just stream from the PC and laptop or Youtube. Even I'm getting sick of Multichoice's antics!
 
Both my Explora decoders are plugged in to Ethernet. The DHCP server assigns IP addresses.

Nothing else happens.

Now what?

Please, MultiChoice. Let us know.
 
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