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Considering TiVo - need some input

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jwight, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Richard Cranium

    Richard Cranium New Member

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    Why are you guys so angry? The OP said "he was considering TiVo"

    I gave him my experience and opinion. Go ahead and report me if it makes you feel better.

    Shill? Spam? :rolleyes:
     
  2. austinpike

    austinpike New Member

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    I have had mixed results with wireless, the only way I've gotten multiple tivos to work reliably on wireless-N is to have a tivo N adapter functioning as a bridge to my router. (Which means you need one at each box, plus one hardwired to your network.) I've tried a handful of different routers/configurations, and they all had issues of one kind or another. That said, the speed is great - more than sufficient for streaming - once it is working. The Cisco bridge linked earlier in the thread looks interesting, you might try those over the tivo adapters if you want to go wireless.

    Pretty much the only advice I've gotten with wireless issues is to go hardwired or MoCa instead. I did try moca, but had connectivity issues there as well - it can be dependent on whatever you've got going in with the wiring in your home. Splitters buried in walls, etc can be problematic. Seems to work great for most people though.

    Whatever networking hardware you get, just make sure you can return it if you have problems. From my experience, getting one tivo to connect to wireless is no problem, but getting multiple boxes to see each other and Netflix etc... just be prepared for a little more troubleshooting.
     
  3. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

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    This thread is pretty bad 22 posts and only 5 of them (posts 2,4,7,18 & 22) have anything to do with answering the questions that the original poster asked. At least he/she did get some useful answers from those posts.

    The only other advice I have that the few people who did actually try to help you didn't say is:
    1. You may want to look at used Series 3 units with lifetime service they work great for OTA
    2. And if you are not in a hurry you may want to wait until fall to see if TiVo gets new hardware out.
    Good Luck,
     
  4. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    That's only partially valid, since Tivo *does* support Netflix, Hulu (PLUS), and Amazon (purchases only, not the Amazon Prime free [with prime] streaming.

    Those are VERY big caveats, IMHO, esp since Hulu Plus still has commercialsÂ… But some people like those servicesÂ… and they work directly through the Tivo.
     
  5. jwight

    jwight New Member

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    Thanks again for the replies, even the off topic ones. Compared to the old days - like 10 years ago - we're just faced with too many choices at this point. We're still researching and may end up with some version of the Control 4 setup using a split OTA HD antenna plus two TiVo boxes to start - along with TWC broadband for Internet content. Will report back once we've made the decision. :)
     
  6. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    "Free", as in like $40/mo more than cable a month for 2 years.

    It is a wives tale which has been propagated by the cable cos, at least for DirecTV. I've heard DISH is not as reliable. The guy I sit next to at work lives across the street from the water and was watching TV during the hurricane as 90mph wind came in off the ocean and slammed into his dish and rain poured down, causing aerial and coastal flooding. If the dish isn't aimed right, of course it's not going to work well. SWiM improves the reliability a lot, as it amps everything right at the powered LNB.
     

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