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Cheapest way to connect my Tivo with wifi?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by ibadukefan, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Aug 2, 2013 #1 of 14

    ibadukefan New Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    I need to get my Tivo on my wifi network. I am trying to find the cheapest way to do that.

    Can I use something like this:

    amazon dot com/Panda-150Mbps-Wireless-N-2-4GHz-Adapter/dp/B00762YNMG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375420931&sr=1-1

    I've got FIOS with their router. I also have an Apple Airport Extreme. The router is connected to my computer not near my Tivo. Currently, I have the AE connected to the Tivo but I can't get it setup where the Tivo gets a signal even though the AE shows connected.

    Can I just use one of these cheap adapters to connect the Tivo? I'd prefer to not use the FIOS router and setup the AE for the network.

  2. Aug 2, 2013 #2 of 14

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

    Dec 9, 2002
  3. Aug 2, 2013 #3 of 14

    ibadukefan New Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    I've read that people have gotten some adapters to work. ???
  4. Aug 2, 2013 #4 of 14

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    As have I.

    I use the Tivo brand N adapters and, granted, they're not cheap but they also offer reconditioned ones for a pretty good discount. One of mine is reconditioned and the other is new, and they work equally well. I think it was about $30 off for the one.
  5. Aug 2, 2013 #5 of 14

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    I doubt you'll be able to set up your AE as a bridge to a FIOS router. Look it up, perhaps someone has, but these certainly prefer to bridge off of an apple product.

    You can search for a USB wifi unit that works (not aware of any that work with a Premiere, some do with older boxes), but I would not bother with the effort. Hardwire or bridge.
  6. Aug 2, 2013 #6 of 14

    Teeps Active Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    My TiVo is connected to a Linksys WES610N.
    TiVo thinks it's connected to a hardwire router/network.
  7. Aug 2, 2013 #7 of 14

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
  8. Aug 2, 2013 #8 of 14

    PCurry57 Liberal Hippie Chick

    Feb 27, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Cheapest is relative! I have had both of my TiVo's connected via wireless bridge devices 5Ghz N300. Before I was forced due to a move to switch from DirecTV to cable I had two DirecTV HD DVR's connected. Due to a more recent switch of ISP allowing me to relocate my router, I've retired one Bridge. I've always had multiple devices connected to the bridge devices also i.e. BlueRay, SmartTV, HTH so while the bridge device may have cost more that it provided not one but 4 gigabit ports offsets the expense. The DLink DAP-1522 has been great for me, I wanted to upgrade to a DAP-1533 though I'm going to skip that and finish my system upgrade to AC with a WD My Net AC Bridge. Among AC Media Bridge devices the WD is consistently the one that seems to out preform the rest.
    Though if your N or just now upgrading to Dual Band (Highly Recommended) then a DAP-1522(N300) or 1533(N450) would be a good buy. They have come down significantly in price lately.

    DAP-1522 - $64.40 Amazon

    DAP-1533 - $94.30 Amazon

    WD My Net 4‑Port Gigabit Wireless... $129.99 Fry's

    You may be able to find better prices I just grabbed a couple from well known sources without searching for the best price.
    If you have a BluRay, Game Machine, SmarTV a bridge with mutiple ports becomes more cost effective, and would it really hurt to have an extra Gigabit Port handy?
  9. Aug 3, 2013 #9 of 14

    ibadukefan New Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Thanks for all the input! I went ahead and ordered a used D-Link (1522) Bridge from Amazon Warehouse Deals for 30 bucks. It's gigabit and gives me 4 options, 3 of which I will actually use. Easily the cheapest option since there is no real option at this point for a wired solution.

    Thanks again guys/gals!
  10. Rodney

    Rodney TiVo'd since 9/17/01

    Jan 26, 2002
    I tried the D-Link Bridge, but the signal strength wasn't strong enough to stream from the other Premiere downstairs. I returned it for the Trendnet Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter and it has been working great.
  11. ShayL

    ShayL Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Since you have FIOS, I would suggest you go the MOCA route. You already have half of the equation with FIOS. You can use this MOCA adapter for the TiVo side. It is the top product.
  12. ibadukefan

    ibadukefan New Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    While I agree it is a really great solution, it is way more than I want to spend right now on the basis that I would have to purchase more than one adapter to complete the solution which would wind up costing me atleast 3 times what I am spending with the used bridge. I'm about to have my 3rd baby....PRIORITIES!!! :)
  13. ShayL

    ShayL Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    You only need one MOCA adapter. The actiontec already has MOCA built in.
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    If you have a 4 tuner TiVo you can use MoCa without any extra equipment. It's built into the 4 tuner boxes.

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