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TV over the internet using mifi2200

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jompls, Dec 12, 2011.

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  1. jompls

    jompls Thread Starter

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    I am using a Verizon Mifi2200 with unlimited data usage (grandfathered in from Alltel) to stream TV shows, movies, etc. on my iMac, either wirelessly or direct connection via USB and through Verizon's VZAccess Manager program. I live in a rural area, with no cable or DSL, but very good cell phone coverage through Verizon.

    I had DirectTV, but closed the account due to other factors. My only current option is to stream TV via the internet, primarily using Netflix, Hulu and direct from ABC, CBS, NBC's websites - directly on my iMac, again via wifi.

    There is another user in my home that shares the internet connection through the mifi2200 on a PowerMac 5, and our internet connection speeds are slower when we are both connected wirelessly and using wifi. When needed, we tether the mifi2200 to our individual computers using the USB connector, connect via VZAccess Manager, and get much quicker wifi internet speeds.

    Ideally, I would prefer to stream TV on an actual (big screen) television set, so I bought a Roku SD and have had marginal success streaming shows wirelessly via wifi through the mifi2200. Ultimately, the wireless wifi connection is too slow, so I plan to return the Roku, and I am looking for other options.

    QUESTION: Are there new TVs or related devices/harware (PS3, Wii, Blueray players) that will allow me to directly connect the mifi2200 via USB port, and somehow enter my Verizon user name and password, connecting me to my Verizon wifi service, and giving me the faster connection speeds I experience when I tether the mifi2200 to my iMac? There are two obvious issues that comes to mind: a) do there devices allow for USB internet connections, and b) how would u connect to the service without the VZAccess Manager software? This is why I've come to you. I searched the forum for similar questions, but could not find one. Any assistance is much appreciated!
     
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    I haven't read anything that would indicate 'yes" to your questions. But my last TV purchase was two or three years ago.

    Depending on what ports your computer and TV have you may be able to connect them and use your computer to stream your TV. I did that this summer (with MLB.com live games) connecting by HDMI. My TV also has a "PC" port so I can connect it as a monitor, but then still have the audio to contend with.
     
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    I appreciate the suggestions. Looks like I am going to need to consider other options.
     
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