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Title: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: organicman on October 14, 2009, 05:46:11 AM
How happy are you with it?

I have just unboxed my WDTV live and I need to pick up a USB network adapter to play with.

I figure a lot of people are in this position.

Please post the USB adapter you are using and what you like / dislike about it.  If you have issue, let us know!

If you know the bandwidth you are getting please include it.  And if you know the prices/ links please add those as well!
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: jayallan on October 14, 2009, 04:22:48 PM

Quote from: ScottWD
Here are the USB Adapters that we've tested: Ralink based

Manufacturer Model # Device Name
Belkin F5D8055 N1 Wireless USB adapter
Belkin F5D8051 N1 Wireless USB adapter
Buffalo WLI-UC-G300HP Wireless N compact USB 2.0 Adapter
Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N Wireless N compact USB 2.0 Adapter
Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Mini
D-Link DWA-140 Rangebooster N USB Adapter
EnGenius EUB-9701 Wireless N adapter
Linksys WUSB100 Rangeplus wireless network usb adapter
Linksys WUSB600N Wireless-N USB network adapter with dual-band
Trendnet TEW-644UB Wireless N USB adapter
Trendnet TEW-645UB Wireless N USB adapter
Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps Dual Band WirelessN USB Adapter
Sitecom WL-329 Wireless Dualband USB Adapter
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: moustique on October 14, 2009, 07:35:28 PM
Answer from WD support site:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3805&p_created=1255474998&p_sid=2ECfnrKj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=2581&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MywzJnBfcHJvZHM9MjA4LDI5OSZwX2NhdHM9MCZwX3B2PTIuMjk5JnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9d2lyZWxlc3M!&p_li=&p_topview=1#wireless (http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3805&p_created=1255474998&p_sid=2ECfnrKj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=2581&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MywzJnBfcHJvZHM9MjA4LDI5OSZwX2NhdHM9MCZwX3B2PTIuMjk5JnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9d2lyZWxlc3M!&p_li=&p_topview=1#wireless)
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: matt314159 on October 18, 2009, 04:25:23 PM
I just plugged these bad boys into ebay to see what prices came up, thought I'd share. 
$69 Belkin F5D8055 N1 Wireless USB adapter
$29 Belkin F5D8051 N1 Wireless USB adapter
$49 Buffalo WLI-UC-G300HP Wireless N compact USB 2.0 Adapter
$40 Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N Wireless N compact USB 2.0 Adapter
$23 Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Mini
$23 D-Link DWA-140 Rangebooster N USB Adapter
$32 EnGenius EUB-9701 Wireless N adapter
$20 Linksys WUSB100 Rangeplus wireless network usb adapter
$25 Linksys WUSB600N Wireless-N USB network adapter with dual-band
$25 Trendnet TEW-644UB Wireless N USB adapter
$42 Trendnet TEW-645UB Wireless N USB adapter
$48 Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps Dual Band WirelessN USB Adapter
??? Sitecom WL-329 Wireless Dualband USB Adapter

I want to read some more reviews before I settle for one but I think I like the price and size of the buffalo Mini.    But i'm all the way across the house from the router;  I've currently got a netgear N router setup with DD-WRT configured as a client bridge, and in that corner of the house, with both routers gained up to 100mw, I get 37% signal quality where the WDTV Live is at.   I want something that will give the best performance for a low-signal area, so in that respect, I might go with the Engenius one, I've got an EUB-362 EXT and it's got the BEST RF sensitivity I've ever seen.  Not sure if all the Engenius products are like that or if it was just that one model of G adapter I have.   

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: tech324 on October 18, 2009, 05:45:16 PM
I bought the Buffalo WLI-UC-GN for the 1st version of WDTV (wdlxtv and ext3) and I couldn't get it to work.  It looks like it works for WDTV Live.  When I get my WDTV Live tomorrow I will test it out.  This adapter is perfect for the WDTV if it works well.  It is one of the smallest wireless N adapters out there.  I have even thought about soldering it to the USB port inside since it is so small.  I will post in the next few days if the adapter works well with the WDTV Live.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: matt314159 on October 18, 2009, 07:58:18 PM
I bought the Buffalo WLI-UC-GN for the 1st version of WDTV (wdlxtv and ext3) and I couldn't get it to work.  It looks like it works for WDTV Live.  When I get my WDTV Live tomorrow I will test it out.  This adapter is perfect for the WDTV if it works well.  It is one of the smallest wireless N adapters out there.  I have even thought about soldering it to the USB port inside since it is so small.  I will post in the next few days if the adapter works well with the WDTV Live.
Sounds good, I'm going to hold off on ordering one until you report back so don't let me down! ;)  I'm gonna read some reviews as well though to see what has the best RF sensitivity and power.  

*edit* well I read some reviews and the mini seemed pretty highly rated so I gave it a shot.  If it doesn't work out I've got other uses I can put this to.   
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: tech324 on October 19, 2009, 01:14:22 PM
I bought the Buffalo WLI-UC-GN for the 1st version of WDTV (wdlxtv and ext3) and I couldn't get it to work.  It looks like it works for WDTV Live.  When I get my WDTV Live tomorrow I will test it out.  This adapter is perfect for the WDTV if it works well.  It is one of the smallest wireless N adapters out there.  I have even thought about soldering it to the USB port inside since it is so small.  I will post in the next few days if the adapter works well with the WDTV Live.
Sounds good, I'm going to hold off on ordering one until you report back so don't let me down! ;)  I'm gonna read some reviews as well though to see what has the best RF sensitivity and power.  

*edit* well I read some reviews and the mini seemed pretty highly rated so I gave it a shot.  If it doesn't work out I've got other uses I can put this to.   

I am using the wireless now.  I am able to stream most of my movie files.  The firmware is very buggy when it comes to streaming from samba/cifs shares.  I can stream youtube fine, but half the time the WDTV will not see my server.  A lot of times I have to reconnect to my wireless to get it to show up.  Once I am in the shares the movies stream fine.  The only problem I have with streaming wirelessly are the huge 1080p movies.  I only paid $30 for the wireless adapter so it was worth it.


Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: matt314159 on October 19, 2009, 01:47:10 PM
I bought the Buffalo WLI-UC-GN for the 1st version of WDTV (wdlxtv and ext3) and I couldn't get it to work.  It looks like it works for WDTV Live.  When I get my WDTV Live tomorrow I will test it out.  This adapter is perfect for the WDTV if it works well.  It is one of the smallest wireless N adapters out there.  I have even thought about soldering it to the USB port inside since it is so small.  I will post in the next few days if the adapter works well with the WDTV Live.
Sounds good, I'm going to hold off on ordering one until you report back so don't let me down! ;)  I'm gonna read some reviews as well though to see what has the best RF sensitivity and power.  

*edit* well I read some reviews and the mini seemed pretty highly rated so I gave it a shot.  If it doesn't work out I've got other uses I can put this to.   

I am using the wireless now.  I am able to stream most of my movie files.  The firmware is very buggy when it comes to streaming from samba/cifs shares.  I can stream youtube fine, but half the time the WDTV will not see my server.  A lot of times I have to reconnect to my wireless to get it to show up.  Once I am in the shares the movies stream fine.  The only problem I have with streaming wirelessly are the huge 1080p movies.  I only paid $30 for the wireless adapter so it was worth it.



I think mine was like $32 shipped from newegg, so it will be fine for playing around with anyway :)   Like I need more electronics junk, you should see my closet. 

I plan to do the same throughput test with the N adapter as I did with the Router/Client Bridge setup, and see which one wins for overall speed. 
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: sti3 on October 21, 2009, 02:21:59 PM
If you're near a Micro Center.

http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0298279
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: LUP3 on October 25, 2009, 01:18:58 AM
I was at a local Fry's and was told that the Buffalo WLI-UC-GN isn't really N. If you look at the specs on their site (http://www.buffalotech.com/products/wireless/nfiniti-wireless-n/nfiniti-wireless-n-ultra-compact-usb-20-adapter-wli-uc-gn/) N isn't in the logo for type of wifi. Tricky because they call it N, but really it isn't. I originally got the Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N and was getting 3 our of 4 bars, then ended up getting the Buffalo WLI-UC-G300HP thinking it would give me 4 out of 4 bars because of the high power antenna, but am still getting 3 out of 4 bars. It works like a charm, no issues streaming a 1080p MKV from a networked drive from my airport extreme base station. I also learned that the WLI-UC-G300HP doesn't run on the 5GHz spectrum as like most of the Apple N products do.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: matt314159 on October 25, 2009, 02:14:54 AM
I think that's just because up 'till like a month ago there was no official "N" certification standard, they were all "Draft N" products...it took them what, 3-4 years to finalize the standard?  and "Wifi certified B/G/N" to me is more of a marketing ploy.  A device can be 100% 802.11 b/g/n/whatever complaint and not be "Wifi Certified". 
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: jayallan on October 29, 2009, 06:04:57 PM

I will make this a sticky.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: kasilof on October 29, 2009, 10:01:09 PM
There is thread earlier to get a cheap usb drive. However I earlier went to buy dot.com and ordered Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Ultra Compact USB Dongle - USB - 300Mbps - IEEE 802.11n (draft).  I was happy with the choice since it is so small and sexy I may even put it in the side USB.  However, I just checked linux and it is not auto setup.  However, it is not here yet.

MOD: I merged the other threads to this one
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: kasilof on October 30, 2009, 03:56:05 PM
Buffalo Tiny.  I got the adapter today and I am not happy with it.  youtube loads slowly and yulu and other playon sites don't work only menus.  However this is from 100 feet away thru 3 walls.  added: I moved it next to the router and it works fine on wireless.

Added: from 60 feet away through 2 walls it works ok.  however, can't get it to work at the 100 foot spot.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: dslfanboy on October 31, 2009, 01:41:36 PM
Be careful with the Belkin F5D8051 V3100, mine did not work at all no matter what I tried even though it's the correct version.  I tried the Belkin F5D8055 v2 and it worked like a charm and I can stream everything but 1080p.  If you buy an adapter just make sure it's a really good deal because there's a good chance it won't work and if it's cheap enough you won't really care.  The unit is very finicky about wireless adapters.  For kicks I tried an old  Realtek based Encore Enuwi-G2 and it also did not work.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: zetaprime on November 03, 2009, 08:29:42 PM
I got the $23 Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Mini. It works as well for me as the wired ethernet connection did. (They both drop the network connection every few minutes unless I use Software like Twonky or TVersity).
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: liveuser on November 08, 2009, 09:45:11 PM
Trendnet TEW-644UB works fine for me on G network. AVI at DVD rez streams fine, same for MKVs including HD rez (I only have 2 of those).

Netgear WN111 (the one for $10 at Newegg) does not work at all.

Why is it only compatible with RALINK? Will future firmware adds more robust support than this short list?  What about 5ghz N?

Vendors' description of USB adapters never includes what chipset inside.

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: kasilof on November 08, 2009, 11:25:25 PM
Trying to determine if any are detected by the linux kernel without having to use ndiswrapper or other gimmicks such as compiling.  From this site http://linux-wless.passys.nl/query_hostif.php?hostif=USB (http://linux-wless.passys.nl/query_hostif.php?hostif=USB)

 Driver not available   Belkin F5D8051 V3100
 ???????????????Red   Belkin F5D8055 v2
 ??????????????????   Buffalo WLI-UC-G300HP
 ??????????????????   Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N
 ??????????????????   Buffalo WLI-UC-GN US
 Yes, since 2.6.30     D-Link DWA-140 V1.30
 ??????????????????   EnGenius EUB-9701
 ??????????????????   Linksys WUSB100
 ??????????????????   Linksys WUSB600N V1
 ??????????????????  Trendnet TEW-644UB V1.0R
 ??????????????????  Trendnet TEW-645UB
 ??????????????????  Trendnet TEW-664UB V1.0R
 ??????????????????  Sitecom WL-329 V1 001
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Norf on November 11, 2009, 08:54:02 AM
I've had sucuss with the Edimax EW-7711UAn http://www.edimax.com/en/produce_detail.php?pd_id=277&pl1_id=1&pl2_id=44 (http://www.edimax.com/en/produce_detail.php?pd_id=277&pl1_id=1&pl2_id=44)

It's not listed as being officially supported but it uses the same chip-set as most of the supported adapters the rt2870

I just plugged it in an it worked.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: dakuslat on November 13, 2009, 07:28:15 PM
Tried the Linksys WUSB100. (ver 2.0.01)

No worky.

It lites up. Tried both ports. But no wireless option. Wired works fine.

Update: Took that back. Bought a Linksys WUSB600N Wireless-N USB network adapter (ver2) with dual-band. WDTV-Live recognized it (the wireless option showed up in network setup) but didn't seem to want log in to the wifi. Turned off the WDTV-Live. Disconnected power. Waited a few minutes. Restarted with the Linksys in the back port. It came up fine. So far so good... ;)
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: liveuser on November 15, 2009, 04:18:34 PM
Linksys WUSB600N version 1 works.  Notice that there's also slicker looking version 2 out there now that costs the same. 
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: FooFighter on November 16, 2009, 01:57:21 PM
This is my setup and no problems so far  ;D

WDTV Live + WUSB600N + DIR-655 + DNS-323 (SMB)
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: deviltaz on November 18, 2009, 05:32:44 PM
Airlink 150N USB Adapter works but it only connects to wireless G and not wireless N.  Good enough to watch 720p mkv's but not 1080p.

It was used on the original firmware.  Have not tried it on firmware 1.00.11.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: yamatosoul on November 19, 2009, 12:33:28 PM

Quote from: ScottWD
Here are the USB Adapters that we've tested: Ralink based

Manufacturer Model # Device Name
Belkin F5D8055 N1 Wireless USB adapter
Belkin F5D8051 N1 Wireless USB adapter
Buffalo WLI-UC-G300HP Wireless N compact USB 2.0 Adapter
Buffalo WLI-UC-G300N Wireless N compact USB 2.0 Adapter
Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Mini
D-Link DWA-140 Rangebooster N USB Adapter
EnGenius EUB-9701 Wireless N adapter
Linksys WUSB100 Rangeplus wireless network usb adapter
Linksys WUSB600N Wireless-N USB network adapter with dual-band
Trendnet TEW-644UB Wireless N USB adapter
Trendnet TEW-645UB Wireless N USB adapter
Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps Dual Band WirelessN USB Adapter
Sitecom WL-329 Wireless Dualband USB Adapter
I have Vista 64 bit and I'm finding that most of  these adaptors don't work with my OS.  Can you please tell me which ones support Vista 64 bit?  Thank you.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Norf on November 20, 2009, 12:07:49 AM
@yamatosoul

The adapter plugs into your WD TV Live not your computer so it shouldn't need to work with Vista 64.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: yamatosoul on November 20, 2009, 09:00:13 AM
@yamatosoul

The adapter plugs into your WD TV Live not your computer so it shouldn't need to work with Vista 64.
Thank you, Norf.  I understand now.  When I found that most of the adaptors on the list were not Vista 64 compatible, I was afraid that I was not going to be able to stream wirelessly.  Thanks again for your input!
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: dingrwdtvfr on November 20, 2009, 12:04:47 PM
Linksys WUSB600N on a 5GHz N network from my Airport Extreme N Base Station.

Seems to work fine.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: miciolina on November 25, 2009, 11:50:36 AM
After updating the firmware, I tried with the NETGEAR WNR2000 (listed as compatible) but doesn't work.
With another "nobranded" adaptor and with the ethernet the network goes.
I'm very very disappointed.
 >:(
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Lee on November 27, 2009, 05:59:38 AM
Hi all.
I use a Linksys WUSB600N USB Adapter and a Linksys WRT160N Router. Streams everything but 1080p video.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Dshack17 on November 27, 2009, 06:06:41 PM
I had a linksys wireless gaming adapter WGA600N so I gave it a try and seems to work fine no problems so far.

Good Luck,
Dshack17 :)
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: thumbgen on December 04, 2009, 02:44:12 AM
Hi

In Germany, I bought a "MSI US300EX Lite" WLAN stick and seems to work fine. Was very cheap (15 euro incl. transp).

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: p4pst on December 13, 2009, 12:23:48 PM
Moin, moin.

I bought first the wlan stick D-Link DWA-140/DE with the "n" -standard that could transfer up to 300 Mbit/s ... but not with my old speedport router. Now i use a D-Link DIR-655 router combined with a ADSL2+ modem to use the fullspeed. I go nearer and nearer with the stick and the router and with a range of ca. 3 meters it streams full hd movie files with 1080p & dts without clippings. Not the best results :-(

Greetz from germany
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: dayman on December 13, 2009, 11:14:21 PM
Ok, I see a lot of people saying it won't stream 1080p. I'm looking for a wiresless adapter, I'm a good 20 yards away, no real walls....I MUST STREAM 1080p of the network well though it's the reason I got this thing. So, who here knows for sure yours is working w/ 1080p? I'm obviously looking for the cheapest that'll work good.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: mysticeyes on December 22, 2009, 07:18:15 AM
Hello, I've got a brand new WDTV Live along with a D-Link DWA-140 (ver. 1.30). My PC runs Vista 32 with SP2 and is located about 30 feet and two rooms away, next to the Actiontec MI424WR router from Verizon. I just plugged the adapter in and, after stumbling around the menus a bit, I got the wireless link to work really well. I can't tell if there is any difference in performance if I use the booster cradle that came with the D-Link adapter; I get three bars either way. So far, I've played a bunch of files (flac, mp3, avi, mpg, mp4, vob and iso images of DVDs); there are some video clips that it won't play (says "No Audio Channel"), but I think that's probably a format problem (?) and a separate issue. I am really enjoying my WDTV so far.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: TurboRegal on December 23, 2009, 06:08:05 PM
Just picked up an Asus USB-N13 adapter and despite being Ralink RT2870 based (apparently, I have no idea how to confirm this) it does not work.

It does not seem to be recognized by the WD TV Live, the light doesn't turn on at all. I've tried plugging it in/out, resetting while plugged in, and did a firmware upgrade to 1.01.11 and it still did not seem to recognize it at all.

If it would be recognized, where would it show up in the menus? I need to find somewhere to buy a compatible adapter for cheap in Canada tomorrow if possible, maybe I'll just buy from a big box store then return it once I get a new one from ebay...

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: mix on December 29, 2009, 05:48:09 AM
Hi! Yesterday I bought a D-Link DWA-140 fw1.31 adapter to connect to a Netgear DGN2000 ADSL router. I experience serious signal power issues and I am not the only one: http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DWA-140-RangeBooster-802-11n-Wireless/product-reviews/B0010T8X54/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar (http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DWA-140-RangeBooster-802-11n-Wireless/product-reviews/B0010T8X54/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar)

So, even if the DWA-140 is correctly detected by the WD Live, I will use another adapter since streaming video is compromised >:(
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: TheTooleMan on December 29, 2009, 03:30:26 PM
(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/directron_2084_380005999)

This works with the WDTV Live but was not on WD's list when I bought it: AZiO AWU101N 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter, MIMO Smart Antenna Technology.

AZiO AWU101N 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter (http://www.directron.com/awu101n.html)

It comes with a driver disk, but I wasn't able to shove it into the WDTV Live, hard as tried. (Just kidding)

TheTooleMan
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: FuGGer on December 30, 2009, 08:00:22 PM
using wrt610n wireless router and wusb600n adapter.
both are v1 hardware even tho i just got them for christmas. wtf but it works...so nvm ;)

streaming 1080p mkv works from 2nd floor to the wdtvl located directly below on the lower floor (~18 feet below and thru about 1 foot of concrete flooring).

using 5ghz band...
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: jbloggs on January 22, 2010, 08:18:02 AM
using wrt610n wireless router and wusb600n adapter.
both are v1 hardware even tho i just got them for christmas. wtf but it works...so nvm ;)

streaming 1080p mkv works from 2nd floor to the wdtvl located directly below on the lower floor (~18 feet below and thru about 1 foot of concrete flooring).

using 5ghz band...


I have exactly the same setup, except mine is v2. WRT610N $101 shipped - Referb directly from Linksys and WUSB600N $30 shipped from Ebay. I have the WDTV Live on the 5Ghz band which is only thing connected in that band.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: loopykiwi on January 22, 2010, 01:06:50 PM
Hi all,

I have just purchased a Netgear WNDR3700 router and I am getting a WNDA3100 USB adapter free by redemption, just wondering if anyone have got netgear USB adaptors working with the WDTV Live or do I need to buy another adaptor for it.  I hope so because 5ghz adapters are not cheap over here in New Zealand

Cheers
Loopy
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: michele on February 06, 2010, 07:10:31 PM
I'm using a Sitecom WL-329 V1 001 and it works great (with a G access point, the d-link dsl-2640b). 
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: mbryanr on February 11, 2010, 08:50:48 AM
Received my WDTV Live yesterday....
During research of the player I noted that the Wireless USB chipset for the WDTV Live uses the same chipset as the Samsung Blu Ray player I own....pulled the Rosewill RNX-N1 from the Samsung and works perfectly on the WDTV.

http://rosewill.com/products/1125/productDetail.htm (http://rosewill.com/products/1125/productDetail.htm)

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: anton123 on February 12, 2010, 03:11:57 PM
Has anyone tried to see if the Linksys WUSB54GC wireless adapter works with the WDTV Live?
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: ubuntu_guy on February 13, 2010, 05:46:34 AM
I bought a D-Link DWA-125 because it was about the cheapest USB WIFI adaptor that was supposed to work with the WD TV Live.

I was surprised at how easy it was. All you have to do is:
1. Download the latest firmware for the WD TV Live, and flash it.
2. Plug the DWA-125 into the USB port on the WD TV Live.
3. Enter in the wireless network configuration on the WD TV Live (AES WPA2). The SSID is as it is, but you will need to compute the PSK from your passphrase, which is in hex (e.g. 0-9, a-f). To do that in Ubuntu Hardy (8.04), you may need to install wpa_passphrase with sudo apt-get install wpa_passphrase. You'd type in the terminal:
Quote
sudo apt-get install wpa_passphrase
And to get the PSK:
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wpa_passphrase SSID passphrase
To clear your bash history, because you don't want people to find your passphrase through searching your bash history:
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history -c
Just use the PSK when it asks for your (I think?) network security password, or whatever it is that comes after the SSID.

From that point on, your WD TV Live will have a connection to your wireless router, and it is only up to you to finesse your media server to share via samba (which works well with mkv, unlike mediatomb). It streams anything I have thrown at it fine, though I don't own any Bluray titles.

Overall, very impressed. The DWA-125 is certainly fine for DVD quality stuff, not sure about Blu-ray though as I didn't get to test it. And it is about the cheapest USB WIFI adaptor you would find.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: baglady215 on February 17, 2010, 04:08:00 PM
I picked up a Tenda W311U Mini Wireless N USB Adapter at Microcenter yesterday for $14.99 to see if it worked.  It does.  It's nice and small too.The $80 WUSB600N is going back to Best Buy!
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: gpsuf on February 18, 2010, 08:54:15 AM
I bought EnGenius EUB9706 Wireless N USB Adapter from EBAY (actually BUY.COM for $18 free shipping) and it worked well. This adapter is listed working with Linux in general (both kernel 2.4 and 2.6) so it would be useful if you also use it in other Linux machines or devices.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: jaclarkaus on February 23, 2010, 12:42:51 PM
Tried a Netgear WNDA3100 (expensive) and on old Belkin USB adapter, both didn't work.

Picked up a Dlink DWA-125 for next to nothing and worked first time (still got network share issues, but it's connected solidly).
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: LN32B530 on February 23, 2010, 03:23:45 PM
Just posted this request on the WD Ideas Forum:

Please add support for Dual Band Wireless-N USB adapters and routers, such as:

D-Link DIR-825 Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router (Rev. A and B)
D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N Dual Band USB Adapter (Rev. A and B)
Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router (Ver. 1.0 and 2.0)
Linksys WUSB600N Wireless-N USB Network Adapter with Dual-Band (Ver. 1.0 and 2.0)


Please vote for it here:

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Ideas/Support-for-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-Routers-and-Adapters/idi-p/11945 (http://"http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Ideas/Support-for-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-Routers-and-Adapters/idi-p/11945")

Thanks!
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: crestmont on March 06, 2010, 05:03:03 PM
Linksys WUSB100 v.2 works on firmware 1.02.14

I'm a happy camper!  ;D
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Tinny510 on March 10, 2010, 06:40:58 AM
Network setup on Windows 7 64 bit.
Wired (cat5) to my Belkin F1P1243EGau  4 port and "N" wireless modem router (known as iinet's "BOB" for my  adsl internet) 8 meters away thru 2 walls   both brick
Then networked again wirelessly to the computer in the garage (aprox 10mtrs away 1 double brick wall and cladding).
My test was set up a usb HD 250gig in the garage puter (Windows 7 32bit)=>  thru the router network  => to wirless wdtvlive media player and play a .vob
Wirless unit i am using is Siemens Gigaset USB Adapter 300   (bought for $5 at a garage sale)  ;D no probs with drivers or connection to my BoB wirless modem router. Every firmware i have thrown at it, instant connection. No issues with drivers or firmwares. :) :) ;)
Used Edimax EW-7711UAn  (purchased for $23 aud at msy) Was not reliable. >:(

Siemens Gigaset USB Adapter 300   Going for 14 mths now  have thrown most firmwares at it   no hiccups. Playing HD videos wirelessly too
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: anton123 on March 12, 2010, 05:40:13 PM
I just tested my WDTV Live with the WUSB54GC and I confirm it doesn't work with the official firmware.  It doesn't even light up, much less get an IP address.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: ralfwdtv on March 19, 2010, 02:02:36 AM
In the last prerelease 1.02.19 officially have included support for new wireless devices namely the TP-LINK TL-WN821N (Atheros chipset) now works perfectly, which is not done with previous FW. This model is a good thing is that he's cheap (cost me 19 €) and has a maximum transfer of 300Mbps.

I tried another and was going well even with the previous FW C150RU of CONCEPTRONIC (11.90 price in app).

Well now you know these two work perfectly and are cheap.

Now there is the issue of transfer of files that have a high bitrate, I tried some and the picture freezes or the sound is lost, do not know if NFS data transfer will be better.

I tried to hanewin, but does not work.

Someone can help me?

Regards.

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: funnlylikehaha on March 19, 2010, 11:35:03 PM
I've posted this a couple times, but now see there is a specific spot for the info! :D

My setup-

D-link DIR-855 -Latest Firmware
WD LIVE x 2 -- Latest Firmware
WUSB600 V1

Media streaming is setup on the 5 Ghz band using wireless N only. This band is dedicated to media / wd live boxes only.

I can stream two different 720p movies at the same time, one on each box, without any issues.

Hope this helps someone.....
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Dacha on March 27, 2010, 04:28:51 PM
In the last prerelease 1.02.19 officially have included support for new wireless devices namely the TP-LINK TL-WN821N (Atheros chipset) now works perfectly, which is not done with previous FW.

I purchased today TL-WN821N and i can confirm,it works!
TNX @ ralfwdtv
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: quacka on March 30, 2010, 04:11:15 AM
I am about to purchase the TP-LINK TL-WN821N

Just out of curiousity, how did you knows support for this device exists? I cannot find it in any documents or articles published except for here.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: TNTANH on March 31, 2010, 12:17:43 AM
I have Linksys WUSB54GC and no work with WDTV live
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: megatrack67 on April 09, 2010, 06:01:20 AM
Here is my setup

D-link DNS323 with latest firmware that allows NFS
Router D-Link  DIR-655
   - using WPA2/AES
   - MAC Filtering
   - invisible SSID (But started as visible)
USB Adapter D-Link DWA-140B2 (RT3070)

My WDTV is about 100 feet away with 3-4 walls

It works fine for 720p

I'm switching to the dual band but I do not know if it will still work
Has anybody done any testing with D-link dual band hardware ?

Thanks

Mega

Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: TheDodger on April 30, 2010, 12:13:01 PM
I use a MSI US300EX.
Works perfect, router(FritzBox7270) shows connection at 81Mbit/s
Distance is about 7 meter through one wall, a CRT TV and an Audiobox.
Havent done a speed test to check the netto throughput.
I will get a short usb extension cable to adjust the sticks directon towards the router.
This can dramatically increase the throughput.
This way i increased the the connection of my pc from 54Mbit/s to 162Mbit/s

Cheers
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: chaser66 on May 07, 2010, 10:52:57 PM
hi i have her a Belkin f5d8055ed and a netgear wndr3700 router and i can ony connect to 2,4 ghz any idea why i cannot connect to 5 ghz from the router ? i can connect to 5 ghz with my notebook but not with the WDTV live he sees only the 2,4 ghz SSID not the 5 GHZ sid !

Thanks

chaser66
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: ilkerxxx on May 13, 2010, 12:09:59 PM

Linksys WUSB100 v2 150mbs works fine
tenda 311u works fine
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: adamkesher on May 13, 2010, 01:05:43 PM
I use D-Link DWA-140 Rangebooster N USB Adapter. I've only had my WD TV Live for a week, but the DWA-140 has worked like a charm so far.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: ViciousXUSMC on May 16, 2010, 04:21:35 PM
I almost got the DWA-140 I found it refurbished for like $14 + 9 S&H but I took the time to price search all the items on the offically supported WD list and found an even better deal.  The Planex GW-USMINI2N is only $9.99 + $6.50 S&H brand new.  So thats what I got.  Have not tried it out yet, nor got my WD TV Live unit yet both are due in soon.

There are lots of adapters not on the official list that work.  I would hope we can start a thread that says "current wd tv live usb wireless adapter deals" so we can post current deals on units we know work to assist people in finding a great buy and not over paying.  Some of these adapters are $100+ and wont perform any better than one that cost $20, knowledge is truly power in this kind of situation.

Edit: link for the one I bought - http://www.ecost.com/Detail.aspx?edp=43041945&navid=155441519

I used bing cashback too so got another $0.20 off :D for a deal hunter every penny counts.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: grombompie on June 19, 2010, 12:11:09 PM
I have a WDTV Live, Airlink+ 802.11g wireless router (cheap).
Bought and tried the Zoom USB Wireless-N adapter today (150Mbps max, supports 802.11b,g,n) (Fry's $13.99 with instant in-store rebate);
The box says : 'Model 4411'.
It worked like a charm with the Airlink+ router.
No issues found. It found the PC shares without a hitch, I just had to wait ~ 60 secs for it to happen after selecting the shares icon.
I played a bunch of Matroska files from a plain share on WinXP PC, super-smooth, no hiccups. (USB attached plays fine by default, duh).
Youtube works fine, no choppiness.
Just thought i'd let y'all know about a working and kinda cheap adapter.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: wangdu on June 28, 2010, 08:49:07 AM
I am using Air Link mini 101.. i see it as one of the approved usb adaptor.. but i still don;t get signal strength more that 30% .. i am confused.. my router is just 15 feet away... upstairs. its D link 601. i am looking for some solutions.!!
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: kenkike on July 02, 2010, 08:48:37 PM
I'm using NETGEAR WN111 Rangemax wireless usb adapter and it works flawlessly with firmware higher than 1.01.17.
I tested it with 1.02.21 and 1.03.22 and it works OK.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: matbl on July 15, 2010, 11:32:33 AM
DLINK DWA-160 with ralink not supported?
I've tried to read up on the dwa-160 support before getting one. And as far as I can understand it should work if it is a ralink-based DWA-160. So i got one of thoose. No luck at all. Any advice?
(It's not broken, it works perfectly in my computer)
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: buggz on September 22, 2010, 02:08:29 PM
F7D2101 Belkin Surf & Share  300N - not working  :'(
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: greenflash on October 10, 2010, 02:29:11 PM
I am about to purchase the TP-LINK TL-WN821N

Just out of curiousity, how did you knows support for this device exists? I cannot find it in any documents or articles published except for here.

A little late maybe but just for the record TP-LINK TL-WN821N is a device recognized in WDC's support site. I just bought one yesterday (v2) and it works fine for music; video from my Windows xp machine will stop BUT consider that I have a poor old Zxyel B router 54MBPS wifi...  So it's quite logic.

Anyone can recommend an affordable N router to upgrade my zyxel (which I love because it does ADSL modem functions too)? I seen the airlink recommendation.  I saw an AR675W around so I might go for that. Anyway, options are appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Dolape on October 25, 2010, 05:54:14 AM
Hi, I'm using the D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme Wireless N Duo Adapter - 300Mbps, 802.11n (Draft N) USB 2.0 with the Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless N Router - 300Mbps, 802.11n, 4-Port and work very well . I can watch movies at 1080p without problems. I'm reading a WD 2TB NAS Ethernet connected to the same Router.

Regards from Chile..!!

Pablo
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: francycanon on November 06, 2010, 12:55:51 PM
Hello, today I've bought the wd tv live and belkin micro adapter n150 (f7d1102) bit this one doens't  work...
Can u give me an advice of which model I have to take for a 5-6 meters of distance between wd tv and router?

I've a router Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: vassie on November 12, 2010, 01:48:12 AM
This works, very cheap too!

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149672
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: cheveguerra on November 16, 2010, 08:55:52 AM
I bought the TP-Link TL-WN821N Ver 2.8 and it DOES NOT WORK, it seems that previous versions work allright (up to ver 2.2) but ver 2.8 doesn't work so be careful, maybe when the drivers get updated in the next firmware it will work!

I have a WDTV Gen2 and the 0.4.3.2 FW of B-Rad.cc
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: GothsterC on December 15, 2010, 08:16:56 AM
I have a Netgear WN111 and it does NOT work
with my two WDTV Live Pluses with firmware 1.03.29_B.  I've seen reports of success with this one, but it doesn't work for me.  If anyone has ideas on how to get this to work, please let me know.  Maybe it's the firmware or the revision of the adapter?  Mine doesn't show any revision number so I believe it is a v1.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: fightshatner on December 21, 2010, 03:34:25 PM
I bought the TP-Link TL-WN821N Ver 2.8 and it DOES NOT WORK, it seems that previous versions work allright (up to ver 2.2) but ver 2.8 doesn't work so be careful, maybe when the drivers get updated in the next firmware it will work!

I have a WDTV Gen2 and the 0.4.3.2 FW of B-Rad.cc

You must have the wrong set up because I am sat in front of my WDTVlive streaming from my TL-WN821N Ver 2.8 and it absolutley IS working.

I had to manually create the SSID connection and chose encryption type - dont go the automatic route or you'll be stuffed.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: dantist on December 31, 2010, 01:12:52 AM
I bought the TP-Link TL-WN821N Ver 2.8 and it DOES NOT WORK, it seems that previous versions work allright (up to ver 2.2) but ver 2.8 doesn't work so be careful, maybe when the drivers get updated in the next firmware it will work!

I have a WDTV Gen2 and the 0.4.3.2 FW of B-Rad.cc

TP-Link TL-WN821N v 3.0 is NOT WORKING as well
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: brentr on December 31, 2010, 11:11:27 AM
I use a netgear model WN111-100NAR compusa for $14.99. I also have a netgear WNR2000-100NAR at compusa for $29.99. I have no problems streaming all music and videos. Works flawlessly. The router is in office about 80 ft from the wd tv live plus box. 8)
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: neacy69 on April 20, 2011, 03:11:29 AM
This works, very cheap too!

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149672

Anybody else use this? Does it work ok?
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: El Porcharo on May 16, 2011, 05:18:31 AM
Hello guys,

I use the D-Link® Wireless N Nano USB Adapter (DWA-131) (http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=738) on my WDTV and it seems to work correctly ;)

I've payed it about €25 at a local shop.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: troyspears on June 28, 2011, 09:05:39 AM
Love my Buffalo Nfiniti USB adapters. Got two of them on my WDTV Live Pluses.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: Stefan3110 on July 09, 2011, 12:02:38 PM
Hey,
i own an WD TV Live. Until now I use them on my cable lan. But today I installed an Wlan on my home.for this reason I bought a by WD TV Live supported Wlan Stick.
When I put the Wlan Stick on an USB port from the WD TV Live and boot it the WLAN settings will show up? (like the option to give the WAP2 Key and so on)
To under settings-> network settings the show only 2 buttons. Manuel or Automatic for those the  IP settings. Will there are the Wlan options show up?
Thanks for help
Stefan
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: lamaksstalk on September 06, 2011, 08:04:15 PM
hi, cud u please please please let me know the steps how u got this tenda adapter work for wd. thanks a ton.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: slaCker72 on October 19, 2011, 11:59:37 AM
I'm in the process of setting up my new D-Link® Wireless N Nano USB Adapter (DWA-131) .......... and I have to say it will only stream stuff less than 720p.  Quite dissapointed to be honest as this was recommended by others on here.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: windwalker on November 08, 2011, 10:27:30 AM
Just added a Trendnet TEW=649UB/A HW:V1.0R and it works fine
onsale this week at Compusa for 15
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: thebomb1080 on December 05, 2011, 08:44:29 PM
I need a wireless usb network adapter to work with the wdtv live, 1st gen I believe that has strong signal power and can grab the signal from the router which is upstairs when I am downstairs. Anyone know one that might work well?
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: klhermes on December 17, 2011, 10:11:49 AM
So glad you posted this!  I just bought a NetGear adapter, and have had multiple problems - It never installed properly.  No software, and the driver itself is only 54K, should be gigabit I think.  I opened a ticket with NetGear today - we'll see what happens.
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: colin.p on July 11, 2012, 09:11:13 AM

I bought a cheap DWA-125 wireless USB dongle two weeks ago, and it works great. However previously, even though I have had my Live since Feb 2010 using an ethernet connection to my router, I have never been able to access the USB drive on my ubuntu laptop and I have always had numerous issues with "no media in folder" from the other networked windows computers. Then a couple months ago, on a lark, I installed B-Rad's WDLXTV firmware, but at the time, never tried to access my laptop.

I all but gave up on networking until my WD MyBook drive, attached to the Live, quit. I tried, without much hope, accessing network shares, and lo and behold, all shares from all computers including my USB drive on my ubuntu laptop, were completely accessible. So I no longer need to have an attached drive to the Live.

So I changed from a wired to wireless connection, as well as the firmware from stock to custom, and everything works as it should.
Coincidence?
Oh BTW, the firmware on my D-Link DIR-601-A1 router, is DD-WRT v24-sp2 (02/17/11) std - build 16214
Title: Re: Wireless USB Network Adaptors - Which One Do You Use And ...
Post by: TTx7 on July 31, 2013, 01:00:47 AM
After 3 years wireless finally working!! July 2013!

Hi All,

Think the WDTV live hub is great, but always felt that it was a hassle to have it "wired" to the network. Hence I have tried
different adapters and USB wireless "dongles" but NONE have worked. Finally found a solution.

Go and buy a D-Link DHP-309AV Kit, at Amazon its 51$ but might be cheaper elsewhere..
http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B008VOPABG

its virtually fail safe and a plug and play, just like it should be works 100 % :)


Best of luck