I know what you’re going to ask me, and no, you technically do not need an Internet connection for your Hopper to function. However, if you want it to do all the cool stuff that makes it a Hopper, you’ll want to connect it. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Trust me; connecting the Hopper and Joey system to the Internet isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Besides, the tech will do it for you. But, you do have a few options when it comes to how you’d like it done.
One of your options for connecting your Hopper to the Internet is by hard-wiring it directly from your router or modem directly into the Ethernet port in the back of your Hopper. Everyone has their preferences, but this is what I did because I think it’s the most reliable. It’s quick and easy, and you have a strong, stable connection right to your Internet source.
Your other option, of course, is a wireless connection. To connect your Hopper to the Internet wirelessly, you’ll want to get one of those $25 Wireless Broadband Connectors from mydish.com. Just plug it in, enter your WiFi password, and you’re in. As I mentioned before, I prefer hard-wiring a connection just because it’s more stable. If you have weak wireless connectivity or even just a thunderstorm, you could be out of luck. But, many DISH customers prefer this method if they know they have strong WiFi connectivity, and they usually don’t have problems. It’s ultimately your call.
If you have a weak wireless signal or your modem or router is in another room, you can buy a Hopper Internet Connector (HIC) for $25. The DISH tech will connect it to your router, and then use coaxial cabling to connect it to your Hopper. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it. All you need to know is that it’s a solution for those who want a hard-wired connection but their modem or router isn’t close enough.
A lot of people ask if the Joeys need to be connected to the Internet, and the answer is no. As long as your Joeys are connected to your Hopper (which your technician will take care of with cabling and splitters and all that good stuff), you’re all set. Just make sure that Hopper gets connected to the Internet somehow.
Got a question about connecting your Hopper to the Internet? Let me know. As always, feel free to provide me with feedback, too. I’m always around to answer questions and reply to your comments.