01-17-2011 05:36 PM
I think now the easier way is to get a wifi WAP/router with WDS.
That will give you 4 or 5 ethernet ports to connect everything in the room: media player, Blu-ray, PC, VoIP, etc.
And the WDS connects it to the rest of the home by wifi.
01-18-2011 11:49 AM - edited 01-18-2011 11:49 AM
Forgive me if I sound like a complainer, but I find it foolish that I have had to spend so much time hunting for answers on what other adapters I can use besides the "Seagate Wifi" which is pricey at ...
If you look in the sticky thread of my sig there's a section on compatible wireless adapters. They all work.
03-09-2011 07:04 PM
It has been established that USB WIFI adapters using the RealTek RTL8192U chipset should work with FAT+ players.
Here is a list of some USB WIFI adapters that do use the RTL8192U chipset:
*** - mentioned previously in this thread
You can use the search function at the link above to check by chipset (RTL8192U), USB dongle model number (ie. DWA-130, etc), or by manufacturer's name (ie. D-Link, etc).
The USB dongles I've listed above came straight off the wikidevi link, but the listing is not all-inclusive or end-all.
I use a Zonet ZEW2546 300MB N adapter I found on eBay for $12 and it works fine.
Hope this helps.
03-11-2011 01:37 AM
Taking this one step further... since my Zonet ZEW2546 USB dongle works fine with the FAT+, but has a RealTek RTL8191SU chipset (versus the aforementioned RealTek RTL8192U chipset), it is very likely RTL8192U chipset USB dongles will work fine just as my Zonet ZEW2546 does.
With that in miind, here is a list of RTL8191SU chipset USB dongles which also should work with the FAT+:
That's over a dozen more USB dongles that should work. If anyone reading this has any of these, or has access to any of them, please test them for connectivity and post your test results.
Also, since some of the WDTV Live supported adapters use the RealTek RTL8188SU chipset... here may be another batch of RTL8188SU based USB dongles that may also work with the FAT+?
Here is a list of RTL8188SU chipset based USB dongles:
So, there's about 20 more USB dongles that may also work.
RealTek chipsets RTL8188SU, RTL8191SU and RTL8192U seem to all be viable candidates)
Hope this helps.
03-11-2011 04:52 PM
Given the roughly sixty or so known USB adapters using the RTL8192U, RTL8191US and RTL8188US chipsets that may work with FAT+ units, it is important to note they do not perform exactly the same. They share commonality in the ability to establish a connection, but maximum speed and throughput differs between them.
Some of the basic differences are provided below to demonstrate the old adage about getting what you pay for.
- RTL8192U MAC/BB + RTL8256 radio 2.4GHz - b/g/n (draft 2.0) 2T2R (two-stream), USB 2.0
- RTL8192U MAC/BB + RTL8258 radio 2.4GHz + 5GHz - a/b/g/n (draft 2.0) 2T2R (two-stream), USB 2.0
RTL8188AU and RTL8191SU are both single-stream transmit, while only the latter of the two is two-stream receive. The single-stream RTL8188SU chipset's maximum speed would be 150mb, while the RTL8191SU could achieve 300mb receiving.
The RTL8192U is a two-stream transmit and two-stream receive chipset capable of 300mb both ways. The latter version is dual band.
Click the links above to read Realtek's descriptions and discussions of capabilities for the respective chipsets.
Your need and application may vary. I'm using the Zonet ZEW2546 (RTL8191SU chipset), which can receive at 300mb, but is currently limited by a 54mb single-stream router at my location. It does stream movies and audio files across the 54mb wireless network very well, without complaint. If there were other wireless clients connected to the router that could affect the performance, but so far so good.
If you want only the best, look for a USB dongle with the RTL8192U chipset in order to get the best connectivity and throughput from a faster 300mb N router.
04-09-2011 08:04 PM
Well, after contacting Seagate I found out that the Seagate adapter wasn't available. I read this topic and try to find a suitable one in Australia. I tried Belkin, Netgear, etc. None worked. I then decided to buy a D-Link from **bleep** Smith with the condition that I would return it if it did not work. It worked perfectly and I can access the Internet and my home network, play movies, music and see pics without problems (the access is a bit slow though). The model is:
D-Link Wireless N Nano Adapter DWA-131
and costs A$ 79.00. I'm happy with it. Setup with the FAT+ was easy and quick (considering that you have to enter the username and password character by character using the remote). There are cheaper models but this one is a N300 tha is faster than the N150. I believe that the more expensive DWA-160 would be faster, maybe.
Hope this will help a bit if anyone else is still looking for an adapter. Thanks to all for the discussion.