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How can I connect to my Directv Tivo with Crossover cable??

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by jpz2, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. jpz2

    jpz2 New Member

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    I've checked around the forums and internet and have seen many different ways. Tried them all and can't seem to get it to work. I go into my pc and setup Internet Connection Sharing so that my PC will give my Directivo an IP. But then I can't Ping the beast. I am getting lights on the adapator...which I think is a linksys, it was one of the recommended on the forums so I know that isn't the issue. And besides I've had this unit on my network for a long time, I just recently decided to upgrade the Harddrive and now I am having tons of problems. Thanks to anyone if they can give me a few pointers. I just want to connect to this unit so I can set a static IP so I can find it without needing the crossover.

    Thanks.
     
  2. whitepelican

    whitepelican New Member

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    If you've had this unit on your network for a long time, then why are you trying to use a crossover cable now? I'd make sure it was connected (hard wired) through a router instead and then use the router's web interface to see if it is pulling an IP address over DHCP. Using a crossover cable only complicates the matter.

    Also, how do you plan on setting the static IP? Do you have access to the network setup screen on the DirecTivo?
     
  3. jpz2

    jpz2 New Member

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    I had originally tried to just connect this through my router hard wired but couldn't pull the IP. This is a unit I used Ptvnet and Instantcake on so if I can use Tivowebplus via crossover to get to the unit I can then change to a static IP......I'm just wondering if it was a successful image creation to begin with as to why I can't connect to it over the network. But I do get activity on the USB/NIC adaptor which tells me it should be working.....I don't know just ticking me off a bit.
     
  4. T1V0

    T1V0 New Member

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    two words : serial cable

    you can set your network params in mfs using serial bash

    it would be a good idea to patch tivoapp to reveal the network setup screens for future use
     
  5. jpz2

    jpz2 New Member

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    T1VO,

    thanks for the info. Issue is it's a DSR704 and there isn't a serial port at least that I know of. Maybe I'll just put the old Harddrive in and be happy with an 80gb drive instead of the new 500..
     
  6. djl25

    djl25 C64 hacker

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    It has an 1/8" serial connector on the back. There are a lot of posts around that show you how to make the cable and if you have an old digital camera you might even already have it. There's a diagram here:
    http://www.dvrplayground.com/forum/thread/10861/Null-modem-cabel-specs/


     
  7. jpz2

    jpz2 New Member

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    Checked it after I posted, so my bad on the mistake. Thanks a million for the help.
     
  8. jpz2

    jpz2 New Member

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    Does anyone know if the serial cable offered by tivo is a null modem cable? Also, I don't believe the link shown for the DIY is for a null modem cable I think I saw that somewhere on dvrplayground because the Tivo one isn't a null modem but I could be wrong... Thanks.
     
  9. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    The TiVo cable is not a Null. You need a gener changer and a null adapter (or one that does both) to use that cable for serial bash.
     
  10. jpz2

    jpz2 New Member

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    alright I've got the cable and a pc with the serial port but I can't for the life of me get the 2 to connect. I've followed the tivohelp directions but those don't seem to work. Anyone who does this want to enlighten me? It's a directv DSR 704 if that will make any difference.

    Also is the cable listed here a null modem? It says it is but I thought I heard somewhere that it wasn't.
    http://www.dvrplayground.com/forum/thread/10861/Null-modem-cabel-specs/

    Thanks,
     
  11. tyrant32

    tyrant32 New Member

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    The best easy way is you use normal enthernet cable and crossover adapter.
    ethernetcablewiring.com/crossover-adapter
    Here you can find more information.
     

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