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Old 06-04-2015, 04:48 AM
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I'm thinking about getting Directv again.

I see they advertise a wireless box set up, not sure if it's Bluetooth or wifi. Has anyone tried this yet and does it work well?

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Its not really wireless at all. The cable from the antenna still has to be mated to the box, and the box to power. The remote is IR, so thats the real benefit the way i see it.
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I got it in my home about a year ago. Works just like the other type with a big box visible. No issues due to the newer set up.

I think the wireless is kind of a silly claim though...you still need a box on each tv and each box still needs power. It is just that now, the box can be behind the tv and the remotes still work. Also, you still have one main box they call the genie...it'll be hooked up like the old set up. The other boxes can be hidden behind the tv. I have my tvs wall mounted and power supply behind them so I do like having the boxes mounted behind the tv. They are much smaller (other than the genie) and can be easily hidden.
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I've used the older wired clients and the newer "wireless" clients (not really wireless, still have power and cable to TV). The wireless clients work, but they're not quite as reliable as the wired clients. They occasionally have issues connecting to the server box (the Genie).

They use their own 5GHz 802.11n Wifi network. Bluetooth doesn't have the bandwidth for video.

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Originally Posted by ol guide View Post
Its not really wireless at all. The cable from the antenna still has to be mated to the box, and the box to power. The remote is IR, so thats the real benefit the way i see it.
The main box is wired from the dish, the "clients" are wireless using wifi. You still have to have a hdmi cable to the TV though, and ac power
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Some Samsung tv's have the directv receiver built in btw...
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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
Some Samsung tv's have the directv receiver built in btw...
Sorry, I was referring to the wireless mini genie boxes. The ones without hdmi cable that send the data wirelessly to the Samsung smart Tv. I figure installing on the wall will be much easier without running the hdmi cables through the wall. I'll just have a power outlet behind the TV.
I am worried that the high def stuff might require some buffering by the TV???

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Originally Posted by cldomson1 View Post
Sorry, I was referring to the wireless mini genie boxes. The ones without hdmi cable that send the data wirelessly to the Samsung smart Tv. I figure installing on the wall will be much easier without running the hdmi cables through the wall. I'll just have a power outlet behind the TV.
I am worried that the high def stuff might require some buffering by the TV???

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I think you're confused. I know of no DirecTV genie clients that are wireless to the TV. The only Genie clients (aka mini Genie) are the C41 (requires sat input by cable) and the C41W (wireless from the Wireless Bridge device). Both require AC power and an HDMI cable to the TV.

Do you have a part number for the boxes you're thinking of?

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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
Some Samsung tv's have the directv receiver built in btw...
Yeah, some models from 2011-2013 did. I don't think any since then have.
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I'm confused about the Samsung smart tvs. I think you can connect them to the whole home DVR/genie without the small box and cable.

"A DIRECTV Ready TV has a technology called RVU built in that lets you enjoy DIRECTV service and full HD DVR functionality without a receiver when it’s used as an additional TV in a Genie HD DVR setup. With TVs that are not DIRECTV Ready, a small device called Genie Mini is required to allow them to access the Genie HD DVR."

I think the select Samsung tvs have the tuner and wifi all built in.

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Originally Posted by cldomson1 View Post
I think the select Samsung tvs have the tuner and wifi all built in.
I think they used to. If you go to DirecTV's website, they don't show any models after 2013 with that feature.
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Originally Posted by cldomson1 View Post
Sorry, I was referring to the wireless mini genie boxes. The ones without hdmi cable that send the data wirelessly to the Samsung smart Tv. I figure installing on the wall will be much easier without running the hdmi cables through the wall. I'll just have a power outlet behind the TV.
I am worried that the high def stuff might require some buffering by the TV???

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They are not wireless to the TV. It's wireless from the main box to the genie client. You still have to have HDMI to the tv.

Avoid wireless HDMI like the plague...

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Originally Posted by FlyingDiver View Post
Yeah, some models from 2011-2013 did. I don't think any since then have.
You may be correct, I have not checked on current models...

http://rvualliance.org/products

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Originally Posted by FlyingDiver View Post
I think they used to. If you go to DirecTV's website, they don't show any models after 2013 with that feature.
It says that all Samsung smart tvs after 2013 have the capability with a few exceptions.
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Originally Posted by cldomson1 View Post
It says that all Samsung smart tvs after 2013 have the capability with a few exceptions.
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I must have missed that. Since I never buy anything from Samsung, I didn't look that close.
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