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PLUS wireless networking is driving me insane

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by estrader, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Joe Siegler

    Joe Siegler New Member

    May 10, 2000
    Garland, TX
    Strange. I have two roamios, one is hardwired, as it lives about 4 feet from the router. The other is wireless on the other side of the house, and I get anywhere between 80-95% signal strength. It's not a design fault, otherwise I wouldn't get that strong a signal.

    I do, however, keep the roamio on TOP of the armoire in the bedroom, as opposed to inside it.

    TiVo told me that it's not turned off, it still lives in the background as being "on", but not used if you had it set up then go to Ethernet. The suggestion about giving it a bad password is probably the only way to really turn it off, and even that's a hack, you're not really turning it off.
  2. senorgregster

    senorgregster Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    That has appeared to fix it. Thanks again. I have a few other quirks that ill save for another thread(s).
  3. MadPB

    MadPB New Member

    Oct 6, 2013
    LOL... well, it can be pretty expensive in some cases. Imagine a TV room where the walls are plaster or brick, or maybe it's a wall of windows. Where would you run the ethernet? It's a fair bet some folks have their cable coming into such a room from outside...

    I guess the ethernet could be run the same way (outside the house), but if that's not eye-pleasing, or maybe the cable was run prior to some renovations and is already nicely tucked away behind an expensive wall treatment, then your options get more limited unless you can afford to tear through floors or ceilings or have new plaster work done or whatever.

    Or I guess you can go ugly and run some on-wall conduit, maybe even paint it so it's not sticking out too bad.

    Or, do wireless. :) A pair of nice 802.11n (or 802.11ac) routers bridged will give you local ethernet ports to plug into, beam ones and zeroes through the air to the other bridged one, and the Tivo is none the wiser, as long as those bridged APs have a good connection to each other.

    As for the Tivo Roamio's built in wifi... my Plus does a decent job at either 2.4 or 5 GHz... it's not terribly far away from my 802.11ac router, but it does go through my entertainment center cabinet and 4 sheets of drywall, maybe 50 feet. I get 90% signal or so on 2.4 GHz and 80-85% in the 5G bands.

    I stick with the 5G signal just because it's less prone to the microwave or cordless phones in the area, plus less overall congestion from the neighbors and their wifi. I'm the only 5G broadcaster on my block, which is nice for now.

    Too bad you can't bridge to MoCA that way though, even though I do get a really good 802.11n connection from the Roamio. Sigh... MoCA kit is in the mail...
  4. ltxi

    ltxi New Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    First everyone complains because there's no built in WiFi. Then folk complain when it gets built in and have the problems that led them to not do it in the first place........
  5. ltxi

    ltxi New Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    Well....I was feeling rather sorry for you about your problem and having to deal with the least effective connection option. Not so much now.....

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