...... might be able to use a USB to Ethernet adapter at both ends to extend the cable length as well...
I first though no way, camera doesn't know any networking protocols, then I looked up networking protocols and found USB on the list. And, d'oh on me, there must be networking happening over USB when I connect my 6D to my Tablet or phone.
Then, I looked up the adapters. For the price and size, they look to be more than simple wire one plug to another adapters, they appear to have active electronic circuitry in them.
Question for me, maybe for you too, now becomes, can a camera power those active electronics?
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Unfortunately I'm only partially computer literate …....
Don't feel bad, we are all computer illiterate at some (read, many) level(s). I built a PC in the last few months, it's such a beast, it intimidates me, capable of a lot that's way beyond my pay grade.
…..I don't understand why I'd have to use/pay for WiFi from some provider??...
Generally, we don't pay for Wi-Fi, except to buy our own hardware, then we connect it how we like within limitations.
But, Wi-Fi by itself doesn't connect to the internet, for that another connection must be made to the outside world, if at home, it's your cable/DSL/dial up, whatever that you pay for.
If it's at Starbucks, an airport or other public place, someone else foots the bill, allows public access as a courtesy or a customer draw.
….. in all cases with live view I had video....
I doubt this. As soon as Wi-Fi is enabled on a 6D, camera screen reads;
“Movie recording disabled when [Wi-Fi] is enabled.
And all connection to USB devices via DIGITAL terminal are disabled.”
You might be mistaking Live View for video. Yes, in live view, images move around on both the camera's screen and on the remote device, but that's not video.
...... I'd be the owner of a 5D3 right now if it hadn't been for the 6D WiFi so I guess it goes without saying I'm not thrilled with this situation......
I feel for ya here, I hear you loud and clear.
Maybe you can tell I've put some effort into my 6D and its Wi-Fi.
In my opinion, 6D's Wi-Fi is a failure, totally inadequate for the purposes I expected. Yes, I'm disappointed too, but 5DIII fell off my radar as soon as 6D was announced.
I pretty much love most everything else about the camera, I suffer no 5DIII envy.
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Jack, same as if one asks for camera/lens/flash or any hardware buying advice, what is your intended use case?
Do you want a wildlife camera trap remote?
Do you want tethered control of a tripod mounted camera for studio use, landscapes, time lapses?
Something else? .