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Looking to cut costs

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by littlefine, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. littlefine

    littlefine New Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    I am getting rid of my $189.00 comcast bundle and going with just internet.
    I have a premiere w/lifetime and am hoping I can get by with just netflix and Hulu plus for tv viewing. The new provider is wireless and I will have to get a wireless adapter for my Tivo.
    Here are my questions-
    1) Do I really have to get the Tivo N adapter or is there a generic brand?
    2) We also have a Wii(not used much) and heard you can watch netflix over it, is this true and how difficult is it?
    3) Am I making this much harder than it needs to be? Is there an easier alternative out there?

    I have been a comcast with Tivo gal for many years and have gotten comfortable in how it has always been. Change is scary but doable. Thanks for any advice you can give me.
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    What do you mean the new provider is wireless? Their gear is only a wireless access point? Or are you using a cell carrier to a wifi hotspot?

    1) You can just set this up as a bridge on your own - it takes wifi and puts out ethernet to its ports. The N adaptor is essentially that for only one device.

    2) Easy. But, you will get a sd output only.

    3) Unless you have a XL4, get an antenna so you can receive your locals and subchannels.
  3. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    The only wireless Internet carriers I know about have such low caps it would not be impractical to stream Netflix or Hulu plus. You should post more details (names, prices, etc.) and maybe people can point you in a direction that will save you some money while still having access to the content you want. Do you get good OTA reception? I might make more sense to keep comcast and go with the lowest priced combo Internet/TV package they offer.
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    1. You can only use the Tivo branded wireless G or N adapters. The N adapter must be setup on a computer prior to connecting to the Tivo's ethernet port.
    2. You can get the Netflix for the Wii for free from the channel app.
  5. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Definitely consider getting an antenna to receive local OTA. If you're within 10 to 12 miles of the transmitting antennas you probably can get excellent signals with a small cheap (~ $25) indoor antenna. TiVo will provide the guide data (for the usual subscription rates). You can check out antenna distances and directions using either of these sites:

    antennaweb.org (or) tvfool.com

    Like earlier posters I am very curious to know what kind of "wireless provider" you are talking about.

    If you have a reasonably fast PC or laptop that can be networked to your TiVo, there are other possibilities for getting cheap content that can be discussed.
  6. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    If you set up a regular WiFi router(*) as a bridge, it will (1) let you connect other devices (e.g. game systems or multiple Tivos), and (2) likely be cheaper.

    (*) one that supports it and/or can have ddwrt or tomato installed on it.
  7. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Exactly and if one is willing to use vintage 150Mbps wireless N and wait for a sale you can buy one for $20 that will work just fine.

    The last one I bought was a TP-Link WR743ND. It cost $21.60 shipped and works as a wireless bridge/extender out of the box.
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Wow, that's awesome.. routers do go bad once in a while and I hope they're that cheap if/when I need a new one. (I have gotten $20 Fry's routers that needed ddwrt installed... but if it does it out of the box, even better.)

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