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SKaVeN

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Hi everyone,

I just purchased a refurbished model from fixmydata on eBay.

I would liket to get a dongle, too but, seeing as I have never purchased such a thing before, I have no idea what which one to get.  Can anyone help, please?
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IanL-S

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Have a look at the discussion on the oztoppy wiki. You just need to make sure it has a supported chipset. You can get them on eBay for about $10 including delivery. As far as I've been able to work out Toppys such as the 2400 only use WiFi b so the speed is rather painful. The newer Android models may support faster speed. fixmydata may be able to give info on that.

I have found using wireless with a Toppy to be painful. If it is within your budget I would look as HomePlug as an alternative. 

Ian
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davidmorr

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https://oztoppy.forumchitchat.com/post/topfield-wireless-lan-adapter-9787441?pid=1305158343

This one might do. From a 2400 and does wireless N.
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SKaVeN

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Yeah, not so much a budget thing but rather my 7160 unit's HDD, finally, succumbed to a slow, agonising death, last night.

Topfields are hard to get now, so this refurbished one  looked like the most suitable replacement I could find.  It only has a three month warranty, so I hope it;s okay.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Topfield-TRF-2460-Masterpiece-HD-Plus-PVR-with-1-5TB-HDD/273388637373?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

I remember reading about home plugs for a wifi AV receiver I was think about purchasing, at the time.  I think a dongle should suffice, fir me, as I also have a smart TV and BD player with wifi and only really use it to catch up with the occasional TV programme I missed.  I did try to access Facebook with it, but it was too slow to access the page.  I'll probably just end up using the PVR wifi for firmware updates.
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AQUAR

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There won't be any firmware updates for toppies seeing as though the company is no longer in the PVR business.

You should get the dongle from david before I do something about it.
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SKaVeN

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I guess I could take a punt on this one:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/150Mbps-High-Speed-USB-Wireless-Wifi-802-11n-LAN-Adapter-Dongle/142782251158?epid=1442066955&hash=item213e7c4096:g😋hsAAOSwX1la6~Tz

If it doesn't work, it only cost me $2.50...
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AQUAR

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Most likely will not work due to the fact you are limited to ones compatible with the driver (in the firmware!).
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IanL-S

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This one looks like the one that came with my 6211, it also resembles the one use (internally) on the 8800 and the IceTV SKIPPA. Similar packaging and appearence.

Ian
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AQUAR

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Its not so much what they look like, but what chip set is being used inside them and what drivers are available in the toppy firmware.

Since the 2460 has a Linux based firmware, maybe extra drivers can be installed via root access (I doubt the necessary requirements to do that are in place).
I think this toppy has drivers for wireless dongles using the RealTek RT2770/2720 chip (hence my interest in the one davidmorr is offering).

Adding drivers on a rooted 8800 should be doable. I think fixmydata would know how to do that (considering his efforts with android toppies).

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SKaVeN

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Some of the boffins over at the Whirlpool forum think you're better off using an Ethernet wireless bridge because they work better than a USB dongle.

I'm looking at this one on eBay, at the moment:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VAP11G-300-Wireless-Bridge-Cable-Convert-RJ45-Ethernet-Port-to-Wireless-WiFi-LOT/282742287704?hash=item41d4c0ed58%3Am%3AmHp8ChdqWGCqr7-bru-HDQw&var=582009104553

They have a more detailed description, here:

http://vi.vipr.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=282742287704&t=1536036706000&tid=-1&category=44995&seller=koala-ok&excSoj=1&excTrk=1&lsite=15&ittenable=false&domain=ebay.com.au&descgauge=1&cspheader=1&oneClk=1&secureDesc=0

What do you good folk think?

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davidmorr

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Most of the problem with wifi is the wireless signal itself which this will be susceptible to. If you were going to this trouble, why not get a couple of powerline ethernet devices and avoid wireless all together?
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AQUAR

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Don't know what SkaVeN is intending to do with this type of connectivity.
If its just to play around why not simply connect the Toppy direct to a PC and assign static IP addresses to the link.
Could also connect via a switch or to a LAN with DHCP router (just check the router admin pages for the IP address of the toppy).
Plenty of networking options and choosing one really depends on what you want to do.
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SKaVeN

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Well, fixmydata said that the Ethernet bridge in my last post would work for the Topfield, but the people selling it said it wouldn't.

I'm guessing that means not all wireless Ethernet bridges are the same then...

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