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Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by Oldelpa, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    A direct #12 wire to a copper 6 foot ground rod will do the job for most people. You should have such a rod near your AC power input of your home.
  2. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    lessd, unfortunately, that would be on the other end of the house! And where the cable has to enter the basement is in the middle of the house. So, if I have to individually ground the tripod and the cable I would need 2 new ground rods! One at the house end where the antenna is and one midway where the cable enters! And the these would be chained to the service entrance at the other end.

    Boy, I hope that's not true!
  3. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

    Mar 23, 2006
    It's best to have the ground rods for right were both line enter the house, having grown up in the days were all you had for TV was the outside antenna, it's really important to have that line grounded before it enters your house. It doesn't take a direct lighting strike to damage equipment, just the static charge from a wind storm can create a surge on the antenna line.

    I don't have a external antenna but I do have my cable grounded with a copper rod which I installed when I had satellite dish. The existing cable TV line wasn't grounded but when I switched to cable, I used the grounding rod because it was left over from the satellite antenna. Now that was many years ago when the copper rods were real copper as now I think most of them are just copper plated steel rods since the cost of copper is so high.

    Last summer lighting struck across the street and while I lost a few electronic devices I suppose it would have been worse had the cable line not been properly grounded however I'm almost certain the surge occurred in the AC electrical supply as I lost a hdmi port on one Tivo, a computer PC and the electronic eye sensors for the garage door opener. Now the guy across the street he lost everything from his fridge, all his Tv's and even a coffee maker; practicly anything he had plugged into an electrical outlet fried so I doubt that a grounding rod would have helped him.

    Might check your local electrical codes for assitance, different areas have different rules, a local electrician might be able to offer proper advice.
  4. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    Sent you a private message!
  5. Oldelpa

    Oldelpa New Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    Will I need a second Hulu plus account for a mini! I see netflix will cover two machines!
  6. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    Didn't we already cover this?
  7. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    It's a gamble, but over time, Lifetime is far cheaper. For the Roamio itself, the only thing likely to fail is the hard drive, which is easily replaceable.

    Two rather different devices. I have a TiVo system, Roku, Apple TV, and a plethora of other devices.

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