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My Tivo Mini Wall Mounted Install

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by maddigital, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. maddigital

    maddigital New Member

    Mar 17, 2012
    I purchased 2 Tivo Minis yesterday at my local Best Buy. Just want to share my the experience and install of my first one.

    My Existing Setup
    • 1 Tivo Premiere XL4 (Lifetime) Cat5
    • 3 Tivo Premieres upgraded to 500GB (2 Have Lifetime) Cat5
    • Verizon Fios / Ethernet Broadband

    Purchased my Premieres a year and a half ago. The XL4 was purchased when the Price Dropped to $399. With the rumors of the Tivo Mini connecting to the XL4, i decided to go month to month on one of the premiers.

    I had a TV in the kitchen that was getting channels through Fios Cable clear QAM. Only got a couple channels and it was annoying. This is where the 1st Tivo mini will go.

    Setup was easy. Activated with Lifetime online. Installed an hour later. Since I only had COAX run to the Kitchen TV, I enabled my XL4 as a MOCA Bridge.

    I enabled live video sharing on the XL4 and set for 2 or more devices. This warned that the 2 will now be reserved and unavailable to the XL4 TV.

    Powering up and configuring the Tivo mini was just like a regular tivo only faster. It booted, configured internet through MOCA, Connected to Tivo Service and updated. It asks you to confirm the name of the Tivo and select which Tivo on the network it will get its tuner from. And that was it.

    I actually find the GUI faster than on the XL4. I never channel surf and the guide feels faster and more responsive.

    I mounted the Tivo Mini under the tv against the wall (it has 2 screw mount holes on the bottom)

    The only thing I noticed is that there is a very low squealing electrical noise coming from the top of the mini through the vents. Sounds similar to the sound my Lenovo AC adapter made when it was charging my laptop. Its definitely a power supply related noise. I haven't unpacked the 2nd yet but will check for the noise. It is not noticeable unless I am up close (like 6in away).

    If all goes well, the 2nd Tivo Mini will replace my Bedroom Premiere that is going month to month. This will save me that sub and the cable card rental. If this works out, I will prob sell the 2 Premieres with lifetime for another Xl4 and another Mini.

    here are some pics. I didnt clean up all the wiring yet.



  2. BlackBetty

    BlackBetty I

    Nov 5, 2004
    What if you had placed it higher so it was completely hidden? Would the remote IR signals register?
  3. Bwatford141

    Bwatford141 Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    Raleigh, NC
    I mounted mine on the backside of a dresser that my TV is mounted above. The Mini is not visable at all and is about 2 inches below the top of the dresser. Instead of using the mounting holes, I simply used double stick tape to secure it. All wires are hidden behind the wall. The remote works great without any issues.
  4. maddigital

    maddigital New Member

    Mar 17, 2012
    Mounted Totally behind the TV had some inconsistent remote responses. I plan to move it up another 3-4 inches bringing it closer to the tv mount but I dont want it in a spot to be hit by the tv when it is swiveled. I would rather it have perfect remote signal for my wife than hear the complaints how it doesn't work from a specific spot from the other side of the kitchen or dining room.

    Plus I like the little Tivo logo for now. Lets see how long until i get sick of it.

  5. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    I think it looks good like that and seems practical.
  6. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Did you try facing it so the IR window is facing up? I don't have a Mini yet, but my Roku works that way so it is mounted towards the top of the tv. My guess it is because I tend to point the remote up more than down so the IR bounces off the ceiling.
  7. BriHiFi

    BriHiFi New Member

    Jan 16, 2013
    Try mounting it to the back of the TV. High middle to avoid the bracket. And you'll probably get better IR response than just behind the TV(less angles for the IR to bounce). Point the remote at the point where the wall meets the ceiling. Also better cable management. Just some suggestions.
  8. bdraw

    bdraw Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    A very nice and clean install.
  9. HDRyder9

    HDRyder9 Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    Where is the IR window on the Mini?

    Just an informational point:

    I plugged a USB IR receiver into the Mini, wrapped the mini if foil and the USB receiver appeared to work perfectly.
  10. P42

    P42 Active Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Someone needs to create a flat Mini mounting plate that can use the VESA holes on the back of a TV even when the TV is mounted to the wall. Does this make sense?
  11. gbruyn

    gbruyn Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    I'm looking for an IR USB receiver for the Tivo mini. Why do you need to wrap it in tin foil if you have a USB IR extender? Where can I get a USB IR extender?
  12. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    To make sure that it was the USB IR extender receiving the signal and not the Mini itself.
  13. StupidFatHobbit

    StupidFatHobbit New Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Thats great news! But, There are lots of kinds of IR receivers. What brand was yours?

  14. HDRyder9

    HDRyder9 Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    The USB IR receiver that worked for me was an HP brand that I bought on ebay.
  15. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    Wrapping the Mini in foil sounds like a great way to make it overheat and fail. Put a piece of electrical tape over the IR sensor if you are worried about duplicate IR traffic.
  16. StupidFatHobbit

    StupidFatHobbit New Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    That's alost too good to be true. I have bunches of those (switching from a HTPC to TiVo).
  17. NotNowChief

    NotNowChief Addicted to TiVo

    Mar 29, 2012
    New York...
    Does the IR emitter that was packaged with Series 1 and Series 2 DVRs to control the cable boxes work with the Mini as an IR receiver?

    Yes I know it is an IR emitter, and I know it might sound like a silly question to some, but I can't think of a logical reason why it would not work, albeit backwards, when plugged into the IR port on the Mini.

    Anybody try this before I spend 2 hours digging in my basement?

    I know I have 4 of them in the basement in my box of retired TiVo equipment that I absolutely CANNOT part with for nostalgic reasons.
  18. Loach

    Loach Member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Omaha, NE
    Does the Mini even have an IR port?
  19. HDRyder9

    HDRyder9 Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    Wrapping it in foil is for testing purposes only.
  20. Davisadm

    Davisadm TiVo is awesome!!!!!

    Jan 18, 2008
    No IR port.

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