Wireless Woes.

I was excited to learn that the DTR-HV250 and other TVonics products are iPlayer certified devices, I just need a suitable USB wireless adapter and I’m away.  Of course, when they were in business, TVonics offered an ‘approved’ USB wireless adapter for this very purpose, and others have been seen advertising on eBay and Amazon USB wireless adapters that are ‘compatible’ TVonics boxes.  Of course, in actual fact the approved and the compatible adapters were one and the same thing. Unfortunately though, neither seem to be available to purchase now.

Thinking I was being clever, I searched long and hard for a USB wireless adapter that appeared identical to the one offered by TVonics, and came up with this:

http://dx.com/p/ralink-802-11b-g-54m-usb-wireless-adapter-24688

However, while the unit looks identical to the one offered by TVoncis, and carries a Ralink chip set, this one didn’t work.  I get the impression that the chip set supported by the DTR-HV250 has long fallen out of favour with manufacturers or isn’t available any longer, making compatible USB adapters rare.

I had an email from a guy called Bob the other day… it was mainly a thank-you for hosting the firmware files on this site than anything else (you’re welcome), but Bob was asking after instructions for accessing iPlayer from his DTR-Z500HD.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to help him with that, having failed to get the network adapter working on my own box (maybe someone could post a comment explaining) but I did quiz Bob on his apparent success using an after market adapter.  I gather from reading forums that there has been limited success elsewhere too, but the overall picture isn’t clear.

Anyway, Bob let me know that he purchased his USB wireless adapter from the eBay listing below:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190579611573

… which appears to work with his DTR-Z500HD with the latest firmware.  There may be a case for building a compatibility matrix, which I would love to do.  If you’ve had success, please comment or contact me through the contact page with the details of your wireless adapter.  If you’re able to tell me the chip set too, that would be a great help.

3 thoughts on “Wireless Woes.

  1. Hi – I am looking to get a DTR-Z500HD online. I found a thread on the AVForums that said a dongle with the Railink chipset RT2070 is required. About half way down here:
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/freeview/1617637-tvonics-dtr-hv250-setup-wifi-wifi-dongle.html
    Quote: “…the Ralink RT2070 chipset as I believe the Tvonics is setup to use that chipset…”
    I have tried to find a dongle with that chipset, but the dongle suppliers I’ve asked said “It’s too old, no-one uses that chip anymore.” So I’m still looking.

    I have also tried an Edimax EW-7416APn in Access Point Client mode, connected to the wired RJ-45 socket on the DTR-Z500HD, but I couldn’t get that to connect to the network either. :-(

  2. To follow up with some useful information:
    I updated the DTR-Z500HD software from v.2 to v.3 and then found the Edimax EW-7416APn (in Access Point Client mode) WORKED when wired to the DTR-Z500HD network RJ-45 socket! This gives wireless access to a WiFi network with a relatively cheap and available device (£30 from Amazon).

    I also notice that the “Network test” in the DTR-Z500HD works OK, so it seems that this test does NOT rely on the TVonics website being alive, as some thought.

  3. Pingback: BBC iPlayer on TVonics DTR-HV250 | soapdrama.co.uk

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