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Considering mini for roamio basic.

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by 2004raptor, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

    Dec 30, 2005
    I am actually on hold with them now. they seem to think it is because of the roamio is wired to my AP. not very happy.:mad:
  2. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    That is certainly a possibility. You might have to switch to MoCA if you can't connect them to the same router via ethernet.
  3. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

    Dec 30, 2005
    OK. So, after a while of troubleshooting I have made, at least some, progress.

    I made a long cat 5 cable to go directly from the roamio to the router. Completely bypassed the AP. Now the mini works. live tv and recording played fine from the roamio to the mini. Thanks heavens I made 2 drops of cat6 in the living room over 10 years ago. Never needed it until today. :up:

    Talking with tivo tech support earlier I asked if I could just take my secondary router out of AP mode and use it like a switch. he said it probably would not work. Tivos and minis typically will not work unless they are wired directly to the router. I find that a little ridiculous in 2014. But I don't feel like messing with my AP right now.

    So, Has anyone successfully used a combination Roamio and mini with a switch?

    New problem, and I might need to start a new thread, is that I don't have enough ports for all of my devices on the main router. I do have an old switch but I tried it and can't get my PC's working through it. So, I think it's dead.
  4. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    Yes, and it works fine for me. My Minis have to go through from 1 to 4 switches to get to my Roamio.

    However, there are switches, APa, and routers that cause problems (as you discovered) and TiVo does not want to be put in the position of having to debug a user's network, and keep track of all the faulty networking models out there. TiVos use networking features (like mDNS) that not many consumer devices use, and those are not always implemented correctly.

    Google maintains a big list of routers that work and don't work for Chromecast; it would be nice if TiVo could do the same, but they don't have the user population and support capabilities of Google (TiVo tried when they first introduced both wired and wireless networking, and it caused them all kinds of problems and complaints.)
  5. Hi8

    Hi8 TiVoPro - wanabe!

    Mar 6, 2002
    I had a Premiere XL4 with my Mini ---

    "cutting the cord" so I needed a new TiVo to do OTA. I got a basic Roamio and a 3TB HD -- installed the Drive signed up for a LT sub... and now my Mini 'sees' both DVRs(TiVos)
    it seems to imply that the Mini will be able to play all shows from either TiVo is this true? I assumed it would only be able to stream from the one that is selected with the check. ???

    It won't let me connect to my new Roamio - I'm hoping it will once the 24hours has passed.... ??
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    The Mini can stream from any TiVo that has that capability. So basically any TiVo starting with the Premiere and later. The Mini just needs to be linked to a host TiVo. And the host needs to be a four or six tuner version. But once linked to a host you can stream content from the other Premieres, XL4s, and Roamios on your account and on your local network.

    My three Minis are linked to my six tuner Roamio Pro. But I can also stream content to the Minis from my OTA Roamio BAsic and also from my OTA, two tuner, Premiere.
  7. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    You can try forcing a couple service connections on the Roamio to hopefully speed that up.

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