Connecting a YouView box to Wifi?

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can i connect a YouView box to my wifi directly? or can i connect it to my PC which is wifi enabled?

Alexander Egan

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Madcotto

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currently no youview box surports wifi, but some people have had success with aftermarket ones which id advise you to fully check on before trying

Cicero

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The TP Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is reported to work with the YouView box.

GdotP

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Apple airport express works a treat. Simply connect his to wifi and then use an Ethernet cable from this to the youview box.

PPP QQQ

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Does it! How do you connect it to Youview?

Cicero

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aisha, not sure if you mean Airport Express or TP Link. For TP link you connect it via supplied ethernet cable to YV box and power it either from the mains or the YV USB port which does supply power although nothing else. According to Amazon reviews setting it up is really easy and the YouView team endorse it.

PPP QQQ

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Thanks Cicero. I was thinking of the Apple Express but I lost interest in that as soon as I saw the price. I'lll check out the TP-Link.

Cicero

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And I didn't know about Airport Express, but agreed, it's £80 versus less than £20 for TP-Link.
However, at the moment I'm happy enough with the Powerline adaptors that YouView supplied for nothing.

PPP QQQ

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I have two devices which need ethernet (YV and TV). It means two Powerline connections, which is awkward. If the TP-Link works, that will be much neater.

Cicero

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Yes, I was sort of looking for an excuse to try the TP-Link but I couldn't find one. It does look like a very neat piece of kit, nearly all the Amazon reviews are positive, and if it doesn't work Amazon will just refund the money. A winner.

Roy

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aisha, I use a £15 Ethernet switch from Curry's on the TV/YV end of my one set of powerlines, and plug both TV and YV into that, and it works just fine, even for both at once. You need three Ethernet cables to set it up, but these are cheap also, if you don't have three already.

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Thanks Roy, I'll have a look at that also. There's also a dongle on the market, for the TV (Samsung), but It seems a waste to spend money on a dedicated bit of electronic gadgetry if there's a generic way to do it. Time I got this sorted I think.

al, Champion

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I've just bought this switch for £8. It's quite neat and tidy and not huge!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0...

PPP QQQ

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Do you know if there's a USB-powered version?

gwatuk

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There's been mention on the TalkTalk forum of this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vonets-VAP11G...

PPP QQQ

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gwatuk, thanks the link. That looks very neat, and I see some favourable comments about it. I'm a little put off by the set-up procedure, but I may go for this.

gwatuk

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I should make clear that this was "mentioned" - I'm not sure if anyone can confirm it works! :-) But it is USB-powered.
It ought to work (if you get it from Amazon returns are easy).

PPP QQQ

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I've decided to go for the TP-Link Nano. Thanks to everyone for suggestions. Very interesting!

Cicero

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I'd be interested to know how you get on.

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I'll post an update.

While I was looking, I came across this 300mps alternative, also by TP-Link:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/tp-link-300mb...

Twice the price and not USB-powered, but it might be worth it for someone with for instance BT Infinity.

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Update: ordered it from Amazon. Arrived today, labelled "For Cable Connections". Not mentioned in the description. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Link-TL-WR702...

Since I don't have cable I'll have to return it. Can anyone tell me if there's a model that will work with ADSL?

gwatuk

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Hi aisha, have you actually looked at the box itself?
The photos on the Amazon page show a normal LAN/WAN ethernet connection.

Cicero

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Aisha, one of the Amazon reviews says:-
"Freaked out when the box arrived with.a big 'For Cable' sticker on it. Calmed down and RTFM. Plugged device into a hub in my living room which connects back to my ADSL router. Connected Power from an adjacent USB hub. Browsed for the new WIFI connection on my IPad. Got password from device. Put password into IPad. 4 mins - working. Back to the couch. Well done TP link (again)."

And reading through the other reviews is does seem to be OK and easy to set up if you pick the right method.

gwatuk

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What a service you get round here!..within 18 minutes you've got two answers. :-)

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gwatuk and Cicero - thanks. I see that I too should open the box and RTFM. I'll post again after I've fried the line. :-)

Cicero

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Just what I was thinking gwatuk when I saw your reply as I posted mine. And Keith says below:-

"Partly out of curiosity I tried the TP Link TL-WR702N (powered from the YouView box USB port) recently and so far it has been fine (although I'm not a particularly heavy on-demand user)."

so if any advice is needed aisha.......

Keith, Champion

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Indeed looks like you all have it in hand but as Cicero has pointed out I have this device running so can chip in if needed ;-)

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Yes indeed, many thanks for the quick replies. Sorry not to get back sooner - I couldn't get it working, and then had to go out. I've had another go since I got back but still no luck.

I followed the instructions at http://uk.tp-link.com/article/?id=394 but I must have set something wrong. Neither the YV or the Samsung TV like it. Auto-connection fails on both.

Wail!!

Cicero

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Hi Aisha, I'm sure Keith will post chapter and verse instructions soon, but at the bottom of your link there's another link to "How to configure Client Mode" and I think that might be the required method.

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Thanks, Cicero. I tried that first, then I saw the thread at http://community.youview.com/youview/... and tried that.

Keith, Champion

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Hi Aisha - it sounds like you are doing the right sort of thing. From memory I set mine up along the lines of that guide, i.e.

- turned off wireless on laptop
- set static wired IP of 192.168.0.10 with netmask 255.255.255.0
- connected TP link to network and USB port of laptop
- connected to TP Link at http://192.168.0.254
- setup TP Link in bridge mode
-- Say my normal wireless SSID is KEITH, then I set the wireless bridge settings SSID to be KEITH2, region to be UK, the channel to be the same as my main SSID (in my case 11), mode 11bgn mixed. I have the broadcast SSID enabled ticked.
-- the survey button found my main SSID and BSSID for it and then I set the security option to match my main wireless network (WPA2-PSK) and put in the password for that network in the password box so the TP Link will now be able to connect to the main wireless network.

At that point I was able to save the settings, disconnect the TP Link, turn wireless back on on the laptop, reconnect just the USB of the TP Link and wait a minute for it to come up. I was then able to browse for wireless networks and see the new SSID KEITH2 and connect to it proving that the laptop could now connect to the TP LInk and then test that the laptop could connect to the web etc. So it all seemed to be working fine as a wireless bridge after which I also turned wireless off again on the laptop, made sure the wired interface was set back to DHCP and connected the TP link via an ethernet cable and confirmed that worked too allowing the laptop to then connect to the web proving the bridging and beyond was once again working. So at that point I moved it over to the YouView box where it failed to work on initial startup but worked when I went into the settings and told it to reconnect. After that it worked fine without further manual prodding etc when going in and out of standby.

If you are still having problems I would suggest trying to debug it/get it working on a laptop first checking you have got the wireless channel and password etc set correctly.

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Thanks very much Keith. I'll have another go, following your guide - really appreciate you taking the trouble to write it up. It will have to wait until tomorrow - will post again then, hopefully with news of success.

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Keith - I went through it again, following your very helpful guide to the letter, or at least trying to. Just as you say, when I connected to the TP Link and chose the "bridge" option and did the survey, I could see my main SSID and BSSID (in my case Channel 1, mode 11bgn mixed. I set the security settings to match the main router, (WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK). I set the password same as main network password. Broadcast SSID is enabled.

After I saved the settings, disconnected the TP Link, turned wireless back on on my laptop, I browsed for wireless networks and saw the new SSID, and connected to it. But "no Internet access".

I looked at the properties of the new connection (the TP Link) and found that it's using "Obtain IP address automatically". Is this my problem? Should I untick that box? If so, what IP should I use?

Hanging on your every word here :-)

Aisha

gwatuk

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That shouldn't be the problem. But you could try 192.168.1.20 or 192.168.2.20

PPP QQQ

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gwatuk, thanks. Just tried it - no luck.

gwatuk

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Thought it was unlikely, better wait for Keith.

Keith, Champion

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Hi Aisha - having your laptop (or YouView box etc) set to get is IP automatically/dynamically is correct/fine.

Some things that you could check:

- what is the IP address of your main broadband wireless router - probably 192.168.0.1
- your wireless router works fine for other wired and wireless connection (surely the case as your wired YouView connection is fine :) )
- your TP Link defaults to an IP of 192.168.0.254 (presumably as they expect that to naturally be on the right subnet to match your router but not clash with any IP addresses it may allocate since it will typically allocate from 2 upwards).

If your TP Link and main router IPs do not both start 192.168.0 (and have netmask 255.255.255.0) then that would explain why you can connect to the TP Link wirelessly (or no doubt with a wire too) but it in turn is not bridging network traffic over to your router (since they are not on the same subnet). So if your main wireless router has a different IP address and netmask you would need to change the TP Link IP and netmask appropriately too.

Provided they are both on the same subnet then connected via wire or wirelessly to your main router you should be able to connect to the web management interface of the TP Link on http://192.168.0.254 and your main router on http://192.168.0.1 (this of course assumes your TP Link is powered up via a USB socket or its mains adapter :) ).

Looking through the settings on my TP Link I main relevant things I see are

Working mode set to bridged
Network LAN IP set to 192.168.0.254 (and netmask 255.255.255.0)
Network wireless settings are as per the post a few above
DHCP Settings DHCP Server set to disabled

On your main router you may well have some settings page that shows a list of attached devices. When I look in there on my main router (a netgear) I see the various devices I have including the TP Link device MAC address (which is on the label on the back of the TP Link device).

So provided that is all correct and ties up with your main router IP address and netmask it should then work as a wireless bridge at which point you can use it for a wired connection for some devices but in particular use the single wired connection for the YouView box (taking power from the handly USB port just below the ethernet port).

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Keith - this will show I don't have much idea what I'm doing. Running ipconfig (with the laptop using my normal wireless connection to the main router, and the laptop connected to the TP-Link by ethernet) shows:

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection
IPv4 address 192.168.1.65
Default Gateway 192. 168.1.254

Ethernet adapter
IPv4 address 192.168.0.10

I'll check the main router setup page (need to find login details first), but in the meantime can you see anything wrong? Should I (try to) set the TP-Link to 192.168.1.10?

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Aha - so the laptop wired ethernet adapter is still set to the manually assigned IP you used to configure the TP Link. The wireless adapter IP is the IP it has obtained dynamically from your main broadband router. It would suggest your main router is using IPs in the range 192.168.1.0 - 192.168.1.255 where the router is quite likely to be 192.168.1.1. So in that case your TP Link having IP 192.168.0.254 is then not on the same subnet as your main router hence they are not communicating. So what you could try is to go into the TP Link web interface and change the TP LInk IP from 192.168.0.254 to 192.168.1.254. You would then need to reboot the TP Link to be sure that change has taken effect. If you now need to reconnect to the TP link via your wired interface you would need to change the static address you set their on the laptop from 192.168.0.10 to 192.168.1.10. In principle once you have the TP Link and your router on the same subnet then it should all start working as the rest is most likely correct. This does somewhat assume your broadband wireless router really does have an IP of the form 192.168.1.xxx (and in particular that xxx is not 254 as that would clash with the TP Link IP and only one device can have any single IP address) but it all seems likely.

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You hit the nail on the head, Keith.. I've been to the main router settings page and the router is indeed 192.168.1.254.

So is this right -- I need to change the TP-Link IP to, say, 192.168.1.253. And I need to change the laptop static IP to 192.168.1.10. Yes?

Keith, Champion

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Excellent - yes so if the main router has IP 192.168.1.254 then you need to set your TP Link to have another IP on that subnet that is not in use (nor will get given out dynamically by the main router). My router has the bottom IP address of 1 and then hands out IPs dynamically counting up so unless I have 250+ wireless devices in the home it is safe to leave my TP Link on 192.168.0.254. You mentioned your laptop have been dynamically assigned the IP 192.168.1.65 so your main router may be assigning IPs from a block in the middle of the range or even at random. Either way giving the TP Link an address of 192.168.1.253 (provided that is not in use by something else) should work for now. In the settings on your main router you may be able to find a page which allows you to reserve that IP for the TP Link or block it out from being used for DHCP to be on the safe side. Once you have the TP Link IP changed the bridging will hopefully work as expected. If that is the case then at that point you should change your laptop wired interface back to automatically getting an IP too (as having a fixed IP on it may catch you out in the future). At that point you could test the bridging using a wired connection from your laptop or just take the leap and try it on your YouView box.

gwatuk

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Fingers are crossed :-)

PPP QQQ

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Keith - new problem. I got as farr as trying to set the SSID and BSSID. The Survey did not finf my main router SSID and BSSID. Instead, in addition to all the neighbours' networks, it listed an entry with a blank SSID and weirdly a BSSID which is almost but not exactly that of my main router.

Main router BSSID xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-3E
Survey entry BSSID xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-3F

Have tried refreshing the list.

Pr eviouly the Survey found my router's SSID and BSSID. Scratching my head.

PPP QQQ

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gwatuk - thanks :-)

PPP QQQ

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Keith - I filled in the SSID and BSSID manually, and that seemed ok. Got as far as connecting to the TP-LINK over the wireless, but no internet access.

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It could be the IP 192.168.1.253 is also used by your main wireless router, perhaps 192.168.1.254 is the wired interface and 192.168.1.253 the wireless one in which case you have a clash still between the TP Link and main router IPs. So if you change the TP Link IP to a lower number it may all start to work.

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OK thanks I'll try that.

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Nope. I think I'll call it a day and settle for Powerline. Keith, thanks so much for your advice - I understand a lot more thanks to your posts, and I'm sure others will also find them helpful. Cheers!

Cicero

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I found this all very interesting Keith. Aisha, I appreciate you're a bit fed up by now, but reading through the Amazon reviews, a couple of people have said that the TP-Link helpline is very good.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Cicero, but I don't think it's worth it. I'm not fed up, just being realistic. If I understood what I was doing, I'd keep trying, but as it is I think there's more chance of my destroying my currently working network setup, than of my getting the TP-Link to work. :-)

Not fed up at all, it's been very interesting. I'm going to buy the Samsung dongle and see if that works with my network.

Cicero

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I know what you mean aisha, I'm always worried that by tinkering I'll mess up my existing setup. Good luck with the Samsung dongle.

PPP QQQ

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Update - I did buy the Samsung dongle and initially thought it didn't work but after another try and some tinkering I got it to work and now it's fine -- or it was fine up until BT destroyed my broadband.

Keith, Champion

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There are several other topics that include info about connecting the YouView box via wifi:

http://community.youview.com/youview/...
http://community.youview.com/youview/...
http://community.youview.com/youview/...
http://community.youview.com/youview/...
http://community.youview.com/youview/...

From these the main suggestions that people have confirmed as working are

- TP Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router
- Apple Airport Express
- Netgear Universal Wifi Internet Adapter
- Netgear WGPS606

Partly out of curiosity I tried the TP Link TL-WR702N (powered from the YouView box USB port) recently and so far it has been fine (although I'm not a particularly heavy on-demand user).

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Thanks for those links, Keith. I'll have a look.

david

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I use a TRENDnet TEW-680MB.as I had more than one wired box that needed wireless. See: http://community.youview.com/youview/...

PPP QQQ

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David, thanks, that does look useful. I have two devices needing wireless.

Can't find the 680MBps but the 450MBps is £79.07 from Dabs, Quicklinx: 82P6Q200 (in case anyone else wants to have a look).

Hmmm.

david

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If you look closely at the photo you will see the 450Mbps box has the model no. TEW-680MB. That is the exact box I have.

PPP QQQ

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How odd. Maybe they wanted to use up the packaging. Thanks for pointing this out.

david

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There is no conflict there. TEW-680MB is the model no. and 450 Mbps is just the data transfer rate for that model.

bnaweza .

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I would suggest using LB-link 150 Mps wireless-N pocket travel router, Model: BL-MP01, it costs £ 10.50 on ebay , it is very simple and easy to connect and it does not consume much power as you can connect it trough USB port.

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Phillip Jones

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Whatever you do, NEVER use a power line transmission device. These contraptions use your mains wiring to interconnect your devices. However the signal radiates way beyond your house and causes serious interference to other services and copper delivered broadband. You have been warned.

plaxy

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Are the Powerline Police on the prowl? :-)

Phillip Jones

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No but you have no knowledge of radio. If anyone wants to see the problems these cause call me direct. They are a pointless technology. And from your comment I can only assume you are a selfish individual.

plaxy

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First rule of spamming - you need to provide your contact details. :-)

Roy

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And have enough tokens to pay your way at the troll booth :-)

plaxy

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Ah, yes, you're probably right. One of them rather than one of t'other. :-)

mr c p

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I have my humax youview box connected to a sonos box which is wirelessly connected to a sonos bridge. This sonos bridge is then connected directly to the router. This arrangement works fine for me.
Appreciate this is not your original question, but thought I'd offer this in case it helps someone.

PPP QQQ

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Sorry if this is a stupid question but does your setup give the youview box access to your bb wireless network? Not familiar with Sonos.

mr c p

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Not a stupid question at all, poor description by me.
Sonos is a means of playing music wirelessly around the house, whether Internet radio or MP3s etc. stored on a file server.
So what I was inferring that my I can effectively wirelessly connect my YV box to my router and hence to the Internet.
However I would take advice from others as this is a bit peculiar and only because I already had this sonos hardware and I thought I'd try it as I wouldn't need to drill a hole in the wall.

PPP QQQ

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I'm just trying to get my head around how it works. Can I ask, how is the Sonos speaker connected to the YouView?

mr c p

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The sonos connect hardware has these networking capabilities
NETWORK BRIDGING 2-port switch (10/100Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX) allows Ethernet devices to connect through Sonos
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network

So I connected the bridging port of the sonos box to the YV box with a cable.
My router has a cable connection to a sonos bridge.
So the YV box talks to the sonos connect box.
The sonos connect talks to the sonos bridge wirelessly
The sonos bridge talks to the router using a cable
And luckily it all works!

For your situation I think this all irrelevant though, as you don't need the expense of sonos hardware. In my case I already had it.
I think I'm clouding the waters for you, best just forget I mentioned it
:-)

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Got it. So the Sonos speaker is connected to the YV with an ethernet cable. Now I understand.

You are right that it's not worth me investing in a Sonos system just for this, but thanks for the explanation.

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mr c p said:

"I have my humax youview box connected to a sonos box which is wirelessly connected to a sonos bridge. This sonos bridge is then connected directly to the router. This arrangement works fine for me"

mr c p, I've been looking at the Sonos system, thinking that it sounds like a good solution for tv/yv audio and wireless combined. You say you have the Sonos Connect -- I'm wondering about the Play 5. Do you have one of those in your system?

At the moment I have the audio going through a DAC to a stereo amp and speakers. I'm thinking I could run the DAC into a Play 5 instead, allowing me to declutter the TV corner and also retrieve the amp and speakers for use in another room. (I realize I'd also need a bridge.) What do you think?

gomez

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I have oft looked at Sonos and thought of it as as a solution looking for a problem.

PPP QQQ

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Horses for courses. It sounds good to me, if it will do what I want it to do.

gwatuk

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Hi aisha, I've just had a look at the Sonos website and here for what it's worth are a few thoughts.
Very expensive.
Design looks very good - using a low-level crossover and individual amps for each drive unit is the best way to go.
BUT...
Using a single box for stereo signals is basically not the way to go.
The sound quality may be very good but you're completely losing the stereo information.
This is the exact opposite of what surround sound is about.
You've just acquired a YouView box which (when all bugs are sorted) gives you the capability of Dolby 5.1. As time progresses more and more of the programme sources on YouView will offer surround sound.
Many people are put off surround sound because of the physical clutter - extra boxes and wires. If you've not heard a demo of surround lately I'd urge you to do so, most people are blown away by it. It might be a hassle but it's worth it.

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gwatuk, you're right, it's the clutter that puts me off, and I absolutely don't want to hear a demo because then I would want it, and I just haven't got the room! I've had Dolby 5.1 for some time with other devices, but made a decision not to go down that route.

I take your point about losing stereo with the Play 5 though. But if it includes 5 separate speakers within that single box, in a small room such as my living room doesn't that carry all the information, just not broadcasting it over such a wide distance? As you can see, I'm not very knowledgeable about this.

gwatuk

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The left and right speakers have to be physically separated for stereo to work.
If you don't want to go down the surround sound road, adding just separate stereo speakers to your setup is IMHO well worth the effort.
Even with a really big TV the speakers are not far enough apart for you to really appreciate how much is gained by listening in stereo. (And the Sonos is even narrower than the average TV)
This is true for all drama and movie soundtracks. It's also true for all music sources and you would obviously be using the Sonos for this. Just listen to any music on headphones and you'll realise how much effort has been put into the stereo element of the recordings.
Maybe Sonos is the right answer for you, but I'd suggest buying from a company with a no-quibble returns policy (e.g. Amazon) in case you're disappointed! :-)

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Thanks gwatuk. What you say makes a lot of sense. You're right, my present setup doesn't sound anywhere near as good as with headphones and no doubt that's because the speakers (small bookshelf speakers positioned either side of the mini-size amp) are too close together. But space really is in short supply. I guess that's really the problem. :-(

gwatuk

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By the way I meant to add - if you do get the Sonos post your reactions to it, I'd be curious to know how good it is, maybe others too. At that price it should be very good, and well capable of annoying the neighbours.

SteveNotts

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Hi

I have modified an old Netgear router which sits behind my tv with the youview box plugged into it and communicates wirelessly with my main router in the kitchen.

Works a treat and little cost.

Steve

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Steve, I spent some time today thinking about that possibility, but the instruction that I found said the secondary router needed to be plugged into a port on the primary router. Can I ask how you modified the router?

SteveNotts

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Hi Aisha

Basically it's just some settings in the setup of the router. My router behind my tv has 4 ports on it and it links wirelessly to my main router in the kitchen.

Only certain routers have the capability . I think it's called a wireless repeater.

Steve

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Thanks Steve.

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For the record I have Virgin Media cable broadband using a Netgear wgr614v9 as my main router and I have used a Netgear dg834g as the router my youview box is plugged into. The two routers are connected wirelessly.

Steve

Dan

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I've got the TP-Link router mentioned above and I've not been able to get it to work with my Youview box. It's connected to my BT router Ok but the Youview box is stubbornly refusing to connect to the internet.

This is frustrating because when I first got the Youview box, the supplied powerline adapters worked fine. When they stopped working (I have no idea why, nothing changed) I looked for an alternative. I've seen a few posts from people who have been able to get the TP-Link router to work, and I've followed the instructions to the letter.

I'm beginning to think there may be a more basic problem with the networking on my Youview box.

My final option is to get an old-fashioned 10m ethernet cable and connect the youview box to my BT router to see if this fixes it. However this isn't a solution as I would have to run the cable across my living room!!!!

Will let you know how I get on. :(

Danielle Schofield

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Dan,

I am having the same problem as you, got a BT router and cant get the TP-link router to connect no matter how I set it up (ie bridge or client mode). Did you have any luck?

Danielle

Daniel Hughes

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I've got the same issue, the AP is right under wooden floor and signal is spot on but internet channels still won't work!

gwatuk

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Which ISP are you with?
Do you get internet channels if you connect directly to the router?
What are the error messages?
Have you seen http://tinyurl.com/plbjrod ?

Danielle Schofield

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Hi Managed to fix this with a call to tp link support and they sent me a file to update the tp link router firmware. Connected after that, although the you view box still struggles with the on demand.

plaxy

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Thanks for that. Maybe this will solve the problem for me also. Don't suppose they gave you a download link?

Danielle Schofield

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These are the instructions I was given, I would still give them an email 1st though in case this is the wrong version for you or whatever.
"Please refer to the link here to download the latest firmware version: http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/dow...
Please download this one TL-WR702N_V1_131211_beta and extract it.
Then please connect your computer back to the TL-WR702N via Ethernet cable and refer to the link here to update: http://www.tp-link.com/en/article/?fa...
Then please reconfigure it as a client and see what happens"

Good luck

plaxy

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Thanks muchly. I'll make sure it's correct for my unit before I do the deed.

Cicero

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Hi Dan,

I've had a YouView box that was working fine with powerline adaptors and then stopped connecting, as have many others. Unfortunately it was the box that was defective, and this is far more likely than that it's the powerline adaptors. The good news is that Humax did swap mine when I convinced them that it wouldn't connect. For that purpose alone I did temporarily connect with e cable just to eliminate the possibility that it was the adaptors.

Roy

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Dan

If you have a laptop, set the powerline adapters back up, turn off the wifi on the laptop, plug it via Ethernet into the remote adaptor, and see if you can see the Internet.

If so, then try the YV box on the same connection, if it still won't connect, you know it's bricked, to use the technical term.

Phillip Jones

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I can't understand why you can't see why PLT is not a good idea. Seriously tell me why you think it is a good idea. They use the very same RF spectrum copper delivered broadband uses and as the speed has increased over the years due to low noise routers the signal radiated from PLT cancels out this advantage. I have worked in the telecoms industry all my life and have witnessed the havoc these things cause. There are serious security issues as well. Please don't use them run a proper cable connection.

drhowells

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They are no less secure than Wifi and I am sure you know, as you say you have worked in the telecoms industry, that a direct cable is not always possible, leaving PowerLine Adapters as the only choice. I use them and I have noticed no difference to my broadband speed or anything else.

Ellijay

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I'm using an Edimax wireless bridge, info here http://g.ua/Wtbq

Only £21.51 from hd-direct.co.uk

Adrian Wood

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I have had a lot of success and been very impressed with a "YouView SKY Wireless connecter" (for example listing 330847568617 on Ebay costing £15.99 including postage). Similar to the above idea, so easy to use - once set up on a PC you just plug it into the Youview box using the supplied network cable and USB cable (so it is powered directly via the USB port on the Youview box). It is very neat and only uses 1.5 watts (or zero Watts when in High Eco standby). I had to cover up the LEDs in my bedroom though!

Everything has worked just as well as when using a wired connection directly to my router.

I'm planning to buy one for an Xbox too. It has many other uses - for example when travelling to convert wired internet to wireless.

Michelle Clark

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only came on to have a look to c how i can connect my you view box to the internet i am more confusedt han ever and beginning to think ill never get to watch catch up or on demand. is there any easy help out there. help

Roy

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(1) Ethernet cable from YouView box to router.
Simplest and most reliable, but needs the router to be near the YouView box, or at least somewhere where you can route the cable unobtrusively.

(2) Powerline adaptors. One connects via a short Ethernet cable to your router, the other ditto to your YouView box, and the signal travels over the mains between them.

Needs both power sockets used to be on the same ring mains, but this is usually the case. Adaptors must go directly into the socket, not via a multiway mains adaptor (though some report this can work OK) but definitely not into a surge suppressing/mains cleaning adaptor, which will 'clean' off the YouView signal.

BT say Powerline adaptors won't work with their new Extra channels, and won't give help if you use PAs with these, but several people have reported they do work OK on these, and you can get help here.

(3) Wifi adaptor plugged into the YouView box via Ethernet (signal) and USB (power).

Needs some configuration, but instructions are supplied, help is available here, and unless you have changed your router/IP addresses to be seriously non-standard, you should not get the difficulties that Aisha (aka PPP QQQ) got tied up in knots with.

John Uff

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Like many others have said I am using the TP Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router, I managed to get it to connect to my wireless and the youview is connecting to the internet but the internet channels aren't available. Any ideas? Will the internet channels only work on a wired connections? 

bryfly

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I am using a Vonets VAP11G WiFi Bridge IEEE 802.11b/g available from various sources for about £14, set it up on my pc first then plugged it into the youview box, picked the power up from the box via the usb, had it 2 weeks now and no failures at all, 4od,itv player etc all work fine

Gary Cringan

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Hi I am getting a talktalk tv box today for my living room but my router is out in the hall what do I need to do to get these working with eachother to receive on demand services? Thanks