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Does Mini stream directly or through the OTA?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by dfreybur, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. dfreybur

    dfreybur Member

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    Our house is wireless except the office. Our Roamio OTA is in the living room connected over the wireless.

    For us any Mini can do management traffic to our Roamio but connecting to it for any type of stream other than playing an OTA show or recorded show is a deal breaker.

    Connecting through the Roamio for Netflix, Amazon Prime and such would send the data over the air twice and our wireless can't handle that. We've tried one person in each room trying to watch streamed shows in parallel, fails every time.
     
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman Well-Known Member

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    Streaming apps on Minis (other than cable provider on-demand apps, such as Xfinity On Demand for TiVo) pull their content directly from the Internet streaming service. Viewing content recorded on the host DVR or live TV is streamed over the home network from the host DVR.
     
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  3. fcfc2

    fcfc2 Well-Known Member

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    The folks here who are successful using wireless to serve their Tivos all have "robust" modern(dual band AC) wireless equipment and then use what I call "wireless to Ethernet adapters" at the mini locations. To go wireless to the host Tivo and then on to minis is going to be challenging even if you know what you are doing, which is why Tivo doesn't support wireless even though their newer DVR's have it.
    The pro's recommend networking in this order, Ethernet, MoCA, wireless, and finally powerline. Tivo supports MoCA and for good reason, although few homes have been wired for Ethernet, a majority do have coax runs which normally can be adapted to use the recommended MoCA networking. If you have a common coax system with outlets nearby your Tivos, most of which have MoCA builtin, there is an excellent chance you can get your Tivos working fine, without the wireless hurdles.
     
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  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman Well-Known Member

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    So no possibility of a wired connection for any of the TiVo equipment, then, either Ethernet or MoCA (coax)?
     

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