My guess is that it is due to the now rather elderly RT2870 chipset. Recently, Humax-badged dongles seem to have been manufactured by Edimax: they look like the Edimax EW-7711UMN in a different plastic case and identify themselves as Edimax devices when connected to a wireless network. The Edimax EW-7711UAN dongles now being produced are 'V2' and use the MediaTek MT7601U chipset.
It would put me off buying a HDR-2000T/ wireless dongle bundle at the moment (if I needed a disincentive). According to Barry at myhumax.org, the new dongle should only ship with units that have had a software update to accommodate it. Unless the dongle is in the box with the unit I would not want to count on this: if the dongles are boxed separately they could easily get mixed up in store. Sounds like an update is in the pipeline for the HDR-2000T. I wonder if the HDR-FOX be updated too?
Warnings needed in the relevant places - wiki and forum topics.
http://wiki.hummy.tv/wiki/FAQs#Which_WiFi_Dongle.3FAny idea which dongle will work without any problems? Thanks.
To be fair though, the wiki does warn that if the EW-7711UAN claims Windows 8 support on the box it might not be compatible.You are right. I got the information regarding which dongle would work on my Humax from hummy.tv- wasn't aware that version 2 of the Edimax EW-7711UAN wouldn't work. Will see if I can sell it on eBay. Any idea which dongle will work without any problems? Thanks.
There probably aren't that many of them around, it seems to have been a transient or batch issue: I have a later example of the '1.0D' version which does work with the HDR-FOX.I never did manage to get hold of a non-working one to see if I could update the driver to support it in the custom firmware.
It's more about it taking up kernel memory space. The driver module that Humax ship is only 614K but when I built the latest version of the Realtek driver it was significantly bigger. There is very little memory to play with on this model.Does the kernel necessarily all have to reside in the flash?