August 18th, 2014
DISHâ€™s Wireless Joeyâ„¢ system is available today, giving consumers the ability to watch TV nearly anywhere in and around the home without the need for wiring. The light and convenient box connects wirelessly to the HopperÂ® Whole-Home HD DVR using a dedicated access point that increases speeds and keeps consumers houses clean and wire free — great for having company or to keep children and pets safe when playing.
â€œWireless Joey expands installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring is either difficult or undesirable, eliminating unsightly wire runs,â€ said Vivek Khemka, DISH Senior Vice President of Product Management. â€œYouâ€™re no longer forced to position your TV on the same wall or near a roomâ€™s coax outlet. Whether youâ€™re in a new house, an older home or on a backyard patio enjoying a family cookout, Wireless Joey delivers television where you want it.â€
Wireless Joey provides an identical experience to a wired Joey, with full Hopper functionality including the PrimeTime AnytimeÂ® and AutoHopâ„¢ features, and the ability to view, record, pause, rewind and fast forward TV content.
First HD video implementation with 802.11ac wireless technology
The Wireless Joey system is the first in the pay-TV industry to apply blazing fast 802.11ac wireless technology, delivering stronger signal propagation and data transfer speeds up to three times faster than pay-TV competitorsâ€™ wireless video offerings (802.11n and older).
â€œSignal degradation causes a poor video experience when using older wireless networking protocols,â€ said Khemka. â€œWe chose 802.11ac to create a fast, reliable wireless network that delivers HD video in homes of varying size and construction.â€
Installation includes a Wireless Joey client and a Wireless Joey 802.11ac access point. Connecting directly to the Hopper, the access point creates a dedicated Wi-Fi network that serves up to three Wireless Joey clients. By setting up a dedicated Wi-Fi network separate from a homeâ€™s existing wireless network, DISH ensures its solution maintains Hopperâ€™s high video quality and even works in homes without Internet access.