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connecting TiVo to phone line?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by jonmon, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Hi :)
    Got the second hand TiVo from ebay and it has a internet cabal put in. If It has this do I still have to use the phone line to get the information? Or can I just use the internet? Also Can anyone write in and tell what I can do on the internet with a TiVo. I am very new to TiVo so I dont know anything about them and setting them up. :confused:
    thanks for any help:D
     
  2. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    thanks for the web site:up:
    does seem a bit complicated. Not sure what I am doing. Does this mean though I dont need the phone line just the broad band? Also I think the software would already be on the machine for the TiVoweb. But It says about puting in an IP address fo the TiVo I am using how do I find out the IP address for the TiVo I am using?
    Thanks again for your help:D
     
  3. Trinitron

    Trinitron New Member

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    The default IP for Tivoweb is 192.168.1.200. If you go to your router home page and look for 'attached devices' or similar that should show you the IP allocated. If you can't find it then it's probably on the wrong gateway.

    Searching for 'telnet', 'tivo' and 'nic_config_tivo' should throw up answers.

    Tivoweb has a Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivoweb.
    www.planetbuilders.org/tivo/tivo_upgrade_diary.html also has lots of useful stuff (including things that can't be discussed here ;))
     
  4. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    thanks for that :D
    I have a basic prob and that is I cant even get a phone line connection so I can up date the programs. It says it has a life time prescription, does that mean it should still work when I connect it to the my phone line. What could I be doing wrong?:(
     
  5. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    If I recall if the machine is set to use internet to get program data that the phone line option will not work.

    Have you tried plugging the internet cable into your home network and then try the test call option on Tivo?

    If that works all should be well.

    If not can you contact the person you bought it from and ask them to confirm the IP address set on it.


    Automan.
     
  6. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    I have found the ip address it is the same to the one above, but it still does not connect to phone line when connected to the internet so still cant get the schedule information when I go through set up. Anyone got any ideas? I dont Know what to do once I have the ip address? I am not very technical.:rolleyes:
    thanks:)
     
  7. Trinitron

    Trinitron New Member

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    Try this and report back what you find...

    1. Open a command prompt window on your PC
    (If you have a 'run' option on your PC start menu, click it -in Vista or Win7 type 'run' in the search programs box and press enter - then type 'cmd' and press enter)
    2. Type 'telnet 192.168.1.200' (without the ' )
    3. Type 'nic_config_tivo' (without the ' and note the underscores)

    That should bring up a configuration menu. The last setting is 'daily call'. If it says dialup, you need a phone cable to connect; if network then it should work as is.

    Tivo occasionally needs the daily call settings updating - see this thread forwhat the config screen looks like and some advice on how to make it work - like my post ;).
     
  8. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    You need to see if that IP range matches that of your home network including the gateway IP.

    If the range and gateway are not the same it will not see the outside world.

    If you have a windows PC you need to open a command window.

    Click on Windows button and in the run or help box type cmd followed by enter to open a command dos window.

    Then type ipconfig followed by enter.

    For my computer the values of interest are
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.178.50
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.178.1

    Thus on my home network your Tivo would not work without either my router or Tivo being reconfigured.

    Can you check yours and also the make and model of your router would help as it can be easier to change its settings (if needed) than those on your Tivo.

    Automan.
     
  9. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Thanks Automan, My home network details are different to my tivos and my router is a Netgear WGR614. I tried to change router settings but it asked for other settings which I don't know about. Thanks.
     
  10. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Thanks Trinitron, I cannot telnet now for some reason. I get the message "could not open connection to the host, on port 23: connection failed". Any ideas?
    Thanks
     
  11. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Hi:)
    The TiVo does not show the wired connection in router settings but when I connect pc wired it does. Has something gone wrong with TiVo I think it happen when changing router settings as it was being seen before. Not sure what to do now as I was wanting just to change it to use dial up rather than the internet as I find this to complicated.:(
     
  12. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    If your Tivo has a IP of 192.168.1.200 and your PC does not have an IP address in the range 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.254 it will not see it.

    Netgear Manual
    http://kbserver.netgear.com/pdf/wgr614v6_ref_man_20Apr05.pdf

    Page 43 of the guide indicates your router would normally have a IP of 192.168.1.1 in which case it should work (unless someone changed it).


    Page 61 shows the LAN IP Setup and if it was at default you should at least be able to telnet to the Tivo and possibly correct the gateway IP (if needed, it may be correct).

    Note: Make a note of the current values and also when changed your PC will need a reboot to get a IP address on the new range.

    Another option is to give your PC a static IP on the range of Tivo e.g. 192.168.1.20 and then it should be able to Telnet tivo on 192.168.1.200

    BTW, on Windows 7 Telenet has to be installed under "Turn Windows Features On or Off".

    All of the above involves some risk so if in doubt, ask more questions....

    Automan.
     
  13. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Hi thanks for the reply
    If there is some risk if I do it as I know nothing about net working, could you use one of those pc remote software and you could control my computer and change settings that way. I did have my friend here helping but he has now has gone home
    thanks
     
  14. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Hi again :D
    Just wondering if anyone would offer help using some software to control my PC over the net. The software I am looking at has a free trial, its called logmeon.
    But there are others with free trial. I really need help with this as like a say I dont know really how to use networking and how to use DOS. I am not all that good with computers except if its on a basic level.
    Anyone Please help :confused:
    thanks
     
  15. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Would anyone do the work over the internet for cash? I could pay with paypal maybe or check? I can understand if know one would do it for free. Thing is, if I make changes I am worried I will loose my internet connection.
    thanks for any help
     
  16. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    I looked at the router settings and ip address is 92.17.234.191, ip subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, gatway ip address 92.17.234.254. Dont really understand what I have to change and if I do change it will I loose connection to the internet? would you be able to explain in simple step by step instructions what I have got to do? Also I cant change ip address unless the static ip address is selected. At the moment its selected as get dynamically from isp, should I change it to static
    thanks
     
  17. katman

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    Those settings are PUBLIC IP Addresses and subnet masks not private ones.

    they will be the WAN settings from your ISP, its how your router will appear to the outside world.

    Look for a section on LAN settings, there you will find something like 192.168.x.y

    x is normally 0 or 1 for most routers as they come from the factory.

    y will be the adress of the router and depending on brand will normally be 1, 100 or 254

    If you change the subnet then your PC will need a new IP address which it should be allocated by DHCP if your PC is set for DHCP.

    If you are using Win7 you may need to reboot or open a command window and type "ipconfig /renew" to force it to aquire a new address.

    Your idea of getting someone to help you remotely may be problematic becuase any changes they make to your network could cause them to lose control of your PC and they may then be able to change things back !
     
  18. jonmon

    jonmon New Member

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    Yes I guess your right my idea would not work, I was being a bit thick.
    Anyway found the lan settings the ip addree 172.16.0.1, ip subnet 255. 255.255.0 are these incorrect for the tivo at the moment?
     
  19. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    Do you have any other unsual devices on your home network that may need these odd settings?

    Or VPN setup to connect you to your office network?

    If yes, it may be worth reconfiguring your Tivo rather than the netgear.

    What version of Windows is your PC on so we can help manually set it's ip address to match your Tivo?

    If however you have nothing strange on your home network changing 172.16.0.1 to 192.168.1.1 on your Netgear, saving and rebooting your PC should do the trick.

    All OPtions Have Some Risk Attached.

    Automan.
     

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