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best way to set up Series 2?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Signdy, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Signdy

    Signdy New Member

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    I've just moved to a new house. The new cable company installed a phone/internet modem in the den for the main TV and main computer. I want to set up my Series 2 TiVo with my older model TV in the bedroom. But I can't do the Guided Set-up with a phone line because apparently the phone lines only work where the modem is ... on the other side of the house. And I'm confused by the broadband connection options. I see conflicting info about what kind of adapter to get. I see customer reviews that the TiVo wireless adapter isn't that good. Why does this have to be so complicated?? The cable company won't help me because they "don't support TiVo." And I'm not sure how TiVo can help if they don't know how my cable company set me up. I hate being so helpless! Suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    You can either use wired ethernet or the Tivo wireless G adapter. You would also need a wireless router to be able to use wireless. A Series 2 is basically out of date technology, so the newer Tivo Wireless N adapter won't work with it.
     
  3. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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  4. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

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    The first thing to figure out; is your Series 2 a single tuner or dual tuner? If its a dual tuner, then it already has a standard ethernet port on its rear panel & another option to get it connected to your home network is getting a wireless ethernet bridge adapter of some kind. This kind of device basically turns ANY Ethernet enabled device into a wireless device. I think its a better option than the TiVo wireless adapter as it can then also be used with other devices in the future if desired.

    I use a Netgear WGPS606 with my TiVo Series 2 (dual tuner) and it works great. It connects to my home network wirelessly. It has a total of four Ethernet ports so in addition to using it with my Series 2 TiVo, I could hook up 3 more ethernet devices to it if I wanted (Xbox, PS3, media streamer, blue ray player, Smart TV, etc.).

    If your Series 2 is a single tuner (no ethernet port on back), then the above suggestions are probably the only way to go.
     
  5. Signdy

    Signdy New Member

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    Thanks, everybody. My Series 2 is a single tuner. The wireless router we have now is a Wireless N Router, so I guess that means an adaptor would also have to be an N, right? I'm assuming a Wireless G adapter won't do any good with a Wireless N router? That leaves me with the wired ethernet option. I hate to ask this, but what does the ethernet plug into? The TiVo on one end, obviously, but what on the other end? The computer and router are across the house.

    Would I make my life easier by buying a newer TiVo? Or settling for the cable company's DVR?
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Wireless G is backwards compatible with a wireless N router.
     
  7. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    ^^^

    That.


    Refer to my link above. It starts with a list of compatible wireless adapters. You just have to make sure they have USB connectivity.
     
  8. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    For wireless, just get the TiVo-branded AGO100. It's the only one that supports WPA encryption and the rest of the adapters on the compatibility list are old and pretty hard to find.

    The AGO100 will also be faster because it offloads some of the work on to the adapter. It's only about $40 on Amazon and even cheaper used.
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Are you getting telephone service from the telephone company or the cable company?

    Is there a telephone that plugs into the wall in the bedroom?

    Does it work?
     
  10. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    I wouldn't try using the phone service from the cable provider.

    Try the network. You can set the TiVo for the network before to redo Guided Setup, or after, if it has 7.2 or later software.
     

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