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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    thanks for that link, works well
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    This weekend again reinforced my love/hate relationship with IPTV. Watched Qualy on Sat via streamiptv on the Sky F1 channel, everything perfect. Try and watch the race yesterday and the stream is unavailable. Find a canadian stream but it buffers so badly its unwatchable and I miss the start. Find another canadian channel showing the sky f1 coverage and that works except for the 5min long add breaks
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    Quote Originally Posted by mullerza View Post
    This weekend again reinforced my love/hate relationship with IPTV. Watched Qualy on Sat via streamiptv on the Sky F1 channel, everything perfect. Try and watch the race yesterday and the stream is unavailable. Find a canadian stream but it buffers so badly its unwatchable and I miss the start. Find another canadian channel showing the sky f1 coverage and that works except for the 5min long add breaks
    Better than rugby on DSTV streaming
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    Hi, I was given a Amazon Firestick. Now the question, how can I get live streaming of sports, particularly cricket, rugby and F1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoJan View Post
    Hi, I was given a Amazon Firestick. Now the question, how can I get live streaming of sports, particularly cricket, rugby and F1?
    Hi DiscoJan

    Have a chat to SWAMBO... she set ours up.... send me a PM for her number.

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    Some help again please... If I want to add a wifi booster which one of these two examples should it be. My wifi router has 2.4 and 5.0 range, so does it have to be the dual band one, or will the cheaper one work and what will the difference be?

    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-tl-...r/PLID40401708

    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-ac7...r/PLID41501046
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post
    Some help again please... If I want to add a wifi booster which one of these two examples should it be. My wifi router has 2.4 and 5.0 range, so does it have to be the dual band one, or will the cheaper one work and what will the difference be?

    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-tl-...r/PLID40401708

    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-ac7...r/PLID41501046
    The first one is limited to 2.4Ghz Wifi so it will only extend the signal for that range

    Second one has bad reviews on Takealot but overall reviews where lots of clients have rated it appears better (link at bottom)
    This one is both 2.4 and 5ghz range

    So provides better overall range and options

    Add in that the 2.4Ghz range is better through walls than the 5Ghz range
    So you might not even need the extensions on the 2.4 range but the 5 might be weak


    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/reviews...2080172?page=2
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    I guess I only need the 5Ghz extended yes. Any other boosters that you would rather recommend? I just have a friend that has this 2.4 TP Link extender and he is very happy with his.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post
    I guess I only need the 5Ghz extended yes. Any other boosters that you would rather recommend? I just have a friend that has this 2.4 TP Link extender and he is very happy with his.
    look there is others you can try
    However you are already using TP-link device so adding TP-link extender is easier

    There is loads of other options however this means different configuration's and setup which could lead to difficulty getting it working together correctly

    Honest fact is you can go for just the 2.4 the main thing is just that it will never provide you with the 5ghz range as option
    And issue with the 2.4 range is primarily that the frequency is limited

    But all the WIFI devices out there can work on the 2.4 range while generally only newer devices works on the 5ghz range

    So advantage point blank is the more expensive one offers both

    You get other makes and you also get bigger more expensive versions of the TP-link ones that can offer better throughput
    But that depends on need so if you want to connect large amount of devices say 5 - 10+ directly in the range extenders area then bigger faster unit may be worth it
    That one offers max 400Mbps on its 5ghz range so if you have 5 devices using it on that range then they will be getting possibly up to about 70mbps per device max

    So the main question is what is your requirements
    If you just want to do reasonable decent extension then that will work

    for faster you can look at these
    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-ac1...r/PLID41304686

    or even these
    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-ac2...r/PLID46665448

    Or you can even go to the newer mesh devices
    https://www.takealot.com/tp-link-dec...-/PLID52804240
    but is the cost worth your needs?
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    Great thanks. My router is Dlink, should I look at one of their products rather? Edit, I see they don't really have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post
    Great thanks. My router is Dlink, should I look at one of their products rather?
    You can yes
    Only issue is D-link is usually bit more costly than TP-link units
    Which is why less of those is imported (which is why these are rare in SA)

    So if you are swapping brands anyway you can look at other makes as well (like the TP-link you are looking at or others)
    Just read a few reviews about the units before you decide
    Also remember people is more likely to complain about something that they are to give good reviews
    So if you have 10 good reviews and 1 or 2 bad ones then the device would generally be reasonable

    https://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DAP-1530-Wireless-Extender-Ethernet/dp/B0781V11TP (Us electrical fitting so insure you can get adapter and power is compatible plus this one needs a battery to be added)

    https://www.d-link.co.za/for-home/ho...range-extender
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie-WP View Post
    How many devices DStv now?

    Only the first four Devices on which the User signs in with a valid Connect ID will automatically be registered. Of the four Registered Devices, only two Devices can simultaneously view Content. Registered Devices can be changed on the DStv NOW application every six months.


    Question of the DSTV Now experts. I see you can connect up to 4 devices, question is:
    - How do they register the device? By MAC address?, if so do Smart TV's have different MAC addresses when connected to WiFi and (or) cable?

    I want to temp link TV to Wifi until I sort my Ethernet cabling, but don't want to have the issue of a duplicate device (which then can only be changed every 6 Months)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie-WP View Post
    Question of the DSTV Now experts. I see you can connect up to 4 devices, question is:
    - How do they register the device? By MAC address?, if so do Smart TV's have different MAC addresses when connected to WiFi and (or) cable?

    I want to temp link TV to Wifi until I sort my Ethernet cabling, but don't want to have the issue of a duplicate device (which then can only be changed every 6 Months)
    wifi/ethernet is irrelevant, the MAC address is unique to your tv so you can setup via wifi and it will still work when using ethernet
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    Quote Originally Posted by mullerza View Post
    wifi/ethernet is irrelevant, the MAC address is unique to your tv so you can setup via wifi and it will still work when using ethernet
    Ja, I thought so too, using PC's as an example. I see some comments on the 'net that some TV's have different MAC address reported when on cable vs wifi. I guess I can test to confirm MAC address remains the same.
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    My streaming experience.

    I run Ubuntu and installed Plex.
    I have the further complication of only having a 29' monitor. HDMI input but no sound.
    Have to run a HDMI audio stripper.

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    Works well to my JBL sound bar.

    Plex is an absolute pleasure. Easy to cast.

    I have a Chromecast with ethernet connection. Run Google Home from Apple phone. (iOS13)

    Then Netflix app on phone and cast to Chromecast. You can also run Chrome in Ubuntu on laptop and then log into Netflix. Cast and away you go.

    All working without any issues.

    Edit. Running on a 6MB broadband connection

    I used to run Kodi on Rasberry Pi, much easier this way and quality better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    My streaming experience.

    I run Ubuntu and installed Plex...
    What hardware are you running if I may ask?

    I am not happy with the results from some 32 bit machines. Would a small SSD make a difference or am I wasting my time on that setup?

    What is the lowest spec PC hardware anyone is satisfied with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcR View Post
    What hardware are you running if I may ask?
    Hard drive is a SSD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    Hard drive is a SSD
    ...and machine is i5

    I suppose the better question is... is anyone having any success with a 32 bit laptop as a media player?

    I get strange looks from my son and his mates if I ask the question... they are not even sure what 32 bit is... but I'm hoping someone here has been able to "maak a plan" or otherwise I just call it quits on that possibility.
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    Some general comments on streaming:
    - DSTV/ShowMax streaming: Whats that?
    - Netflix: middle package/2 streams at a time
    - Equipment: TV boxes. We have 4. None are DSTV or Netflix approved. Rooted. Can install anything and everything we need
    - Line/s: Fiber 50/50: CoolIdeas. They are under attack but will not change. Vodacom 3G with speeds: Local 12/4 Mbps, London 8/4 and Bangkok 11/4.
    - Quality: Perfect for TVs 30 to 40"
    - YouTube: They upgraded and TV boxes stop working. Uninstall all instances. Install from PlayStore. If there was/is link on home screen for YouTube it is not easy to change. That link will not work. Add link to newly installed YouTube and everything works.
    - Do we have mouse for each box: Yes
    - Do we have remote: yes. The best is with a microphone. Google will find 7de Laan in seconds (SWAMBO)
    - Do we have small keyboard for each box: yes
    - OpenView: Will buy and drop DSTV Family
    - Is it easy to use TV Boxes: Yes. Just change on TV source from one HTMI to an other
    - Netflix and YouTube: They work on bad lines
    - Additional service providers: Look for one with multiple servers around the world
    - Cost: Equipment per TV box with all extras under R2 k. I do not buy low grade.
    - "Bush": Having antenna from Poynting it works, see 5G thread.
    - Data use: I calculate roughly one Gb/hour streaming on metered connections
    - Apple: Sorry. We eat them and feed to birds. Birds are pretty Apple Strudel
    - Sports: Too much
    - VPN: Handy for geo shifting. Plenty free stuff. Learn some new languages. I use PureVPN. Nord should be good also. Opera will play SkyNews using built in VPN
    - Installations to TV box: Some easy, some not. Help lines and Google work.
    - Kodi: I did use it but not much now.

    How many complain about DSTV and then subscribe ShowMax
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    Apple TV now has The Smithsonian channel for R39 per month, has some brilliant documentaries.
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