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Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Yoav, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Oct 9, 2009 #761 of 1438
    clark_kent

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    Thanks for the explanation. Sometimes it's hard to visualize a description. I guess that's why a picture is worth 1,000 words. :)
     
  2. Oct 9, 2009 #762 of 1438
    clark_kent

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    Well, I don't have a spare EyeTV to send, but I'm up for (trying to) send you the .eyetv bundle. "Show Package Contents" has 5 files:

    00000000107a758f.eyetvp (about 4kb)
    00000000107b0ce0.eyetvi (about 56kb)
    00000000107b0ce0.eyetvr (about 148kb)
    00000000107b0ce0.mpg (about 3.17gb)
    00000000107b0ce0.tiff (about 1.3mb)

    I'm not a Mac expert and I don't know how to send you something, but if you explain the process, I'll try. I could record something (SD) for 2-3 minutes or so to keep the .mpg file size small.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2009 #763 of 1438
    wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    Strip out the .mpg, and the .tiff, zip it up, and it should be small enough to email me as an attachment (at gmail.com).
     
  4. Oct 11, 2009 #764 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    I have tentative support for EyeTV bundle metadata in my repo now. Needs more testing, and I'm only using the title, episode title and description so far.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2009 #765 of 1438
    dupreeblue

    dupreeblue cable-challenged.

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    First off, thanks to the creators of pytivo & pytivox for doing such a great job & providing us with these programs.

    Secondly, I'm having a problem—somewhere. (I'm using pytivox, but really only the pytivo part). My shared folder keeps disappearing from the Now Playing menu on my tivo. My mac (where the share folder is located) has not been turned off or gone to sleep. It also hasn't lost a network connection. But the share just randomly disappears. It'll be there for days on end without issue & then just go away. I can restart the tivo & it'll show back up, but it'll disappear again mid-transfer after that. Restarting my airport or computer sometimes solves the issue, but not always. I can't figure out what is causing it to disappear. Are there logs or something somewhere that I can post that would help anyone to see my problem? Is this a common problem?

    Also, sometimes when the folder does show up, when I open it I'll get a message saying there are no recordings in the folder. Which isn't the case. They're all there.

    I've skimmed through all 26 pages of this thread & haven't seen a similar issue. If I missed it my apologies. But I'd appreciate any and all help that someone could give me. Thanks!
     
  6. Oct 11, 2009 #766 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    It is fairly common, I'm sorry to say. I don't think there's anything we can do about it. If any of your connections are WiFi (computer to router or router to TiVo), try replacing them with wired Ethernet. That's my only advice.
     
  7. Oct 12, 2009 #767 of 1438
    dupreeblue

    dupreeblue cable-challenged.

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    But what's causing it? Just the fact that the tivo is wireless on the network? It's bizarre; it'll be perfect for a week, then spotty for 4 days in a row. Thanks.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2009 #768 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    Nothing strange about it -- WiFi sucks. I mean, yes, it's convenient, but it's intermittent by nature. That means dropped packets. And since both beacon systems are broadcast UDP-based, pyTivo doesn't even know when the beacons aren't being received, so it doesn't know to resend them.
     
  9. Oct 12, 2009 #769 of 1438
    richsadams

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    Or for crying out loud...for as much as we've paid for this program you'd think someone could get it to work perfectly every time! :mad: I'm thinking class action lawsuit here! Anyone want to join me? ;)
     
  10. Oct 12, 2009 #770 of 1438
    dupreeblue

    dupreeblue cable-challenged.

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    Thanks wmcbrine. I can't wire in the tivo b/c it's in a different room than the router & modem. I guess I'll just keep doing restarts & hope that stupid Comcast can be more reliable. (You know, the thing I pay way too much money for that's totally unreliable & crappy?) ;)

    LOL richsadams.
     
  11. Oct 12, 2009 #771 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    I have wired Ethernet covering three floors, so... I also have a wireless netbook that I'm typing on right now, which spends most of its time about six feet away from the WAP -- and it still loses connectivity at least once a day.

    In truth, although it's a good guess that dropped packets are resulting in disappearing shares (since others have reported this), I don't really know why that happens. And even when they disappear, the shares should reappear later, once the connection is back. But I'd have to see the TiVo-side code to really know how it's handling the beacons.
     
  12. Oct 13, 2009 #772 of 1438
    westside_guy

    westside_guy Annoyingly ephemeral

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    The soggy...
    Wow, I must just live right or something, since my wireless network has been pretty darn reliable for me over the past several years. The one period I had sporadic trouble it was specific to a Series 2 Tivo "forgetting" about its Tivo wireless adapter - I'd have to pull the USB connector out and then reinsert it (or restart the Tivo). But the network was still fine in those cases, just the Tivo's connection to it was wonky.

    Oh, I guess I'm forgetting to mention the Averatec laptop my wife had that frequently had to have its network connection "repaired" (in XP parlance); but again, the network itself was fine, since none of the Macs had problems.
     
  13. Oct 13, 2009 #773 of 1438
    richsadams

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    I think that has something to do with it. I can wander all over our house, upstairs, downstairs, even the backyard and my MacBook never looses a connection with our wireless router (D-Link DIR-655) but the semi-retired HP laptop (good for VideoReDo and a couple of other programs until Mac versions are available) has trouble on a regular basis, even when it's in the same room as the router.
     
  14. Oct 13, 2009 #774 of 1438
    Marconi

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    Concur. One thing that people forget about 802.11b/g is that it can have a great signal right up until someone uses it to actually transmit something. Devices can interfere with one another and, given the unlicensed nature of 'Wi-Fi,' it could be pretty much anything knocking out your connection. Lots of devices use 2.4 GHz.

    Cordless phones (2.4 GHz) can be very frustrating because they're on the air for a while, just long enough to screw things up, then the user hangs up and things look great again. A device nearer the access point can 'hog' it due to its stronger signal. It's the nature of the protocol to be erratic at times.

    If you regularly have this problem try switching to another channel. Use a sniffer program to find the (non-hidden) signals in your area and try a channel far from the strongest signal detected.

    FWIW, I take the time to carefully aim my wireless adapters at my AirPort Base Station to get maximum signal. Six DVRs, all wireless, very few network-related problems. But I'm not an apartment dweller surrounded by lots of nearby networks and I've ensured that my own network is on a different channel from my neighbor's (unsecured) linksys router.
     
  15. Oct 14, 2009 #775 of 1438
    dupreeblue

    dupreeblue cable-challenged.

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    They don't re-appear. It's usually a combination of restarting pytivox on my computer, resetting the tivo from the settings menu, or unplugging my Airport & modem for a few minutes to cycle that get it to work again. Is there TiVo code somewhere I could send you to peruse in your leisure? To help you in future or something?

    But, I fully know wifi sucks, & I've done everything I can to make it better. We've got a closed network on an odd channel with a small range & no cordless phones/microwaves/etc. in the area that all the tech is set up, but still... I live in an apt. building in the middle of Chicago; if I look at the Airport dropdown on my mac I see 17 networks. And those are only the ones broadcasting their names. That and my airport is old & drops the network could absolutely contribute. BUT: The network disappearing due to old Airport has never happened at the same time as the pytivox share disappearing from the tivo.
     
  16. Oct 14, 2009 #776 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    How long do you give it?

    Unless you work for TiVo, you don't have it.
     
  17. Oct 14, 2009 #777 of 1438
    Rdian06

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    An odd channel for 802.11g/b is bad. Only 1, 6, and 11 are non-overlapping frequencies. You should try for the one that has the least contention among higher power signals.

    I've found that configuring a closed network sometimes tickles driver bugs in the clients. I'd make sure you're using the highest encryption type the hardware is capable of, but leave your SSID broadcast turned on.

    And are you using an official Tivo wireless adapter?
     
  18. Oct 15, 2009 #778 of 1438
    nashmarkt

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    Hi
    I have 2 issues that I need help with.
    Issue #1:
    I have the issue of broken image icon when I view photos. I tried the Beta version and the release version but still no go.
    Music and Video work fine. I have 2 macs one works and one does not. :(

    Problem number 2:
    I used Handbrake to put my DVDs on iMac for streaming. I use different setting but recently mostly Quicktime preset in handbrake. I do run into sometime streaming not working for some of my movies. It seems it might have to do with certain files or file size. Is there a certain setting in handbrake that would work better for streaming from my Mac to TiVo? I know I am not describing the isssue well but it is not easy to figure out.
    My setup: iMac-Snow Leopard
    TiVo HD

    THanks
     
  19. Oct 15, 2009 #779 of 1438
    nashmarkt

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    CORRECTION:
    None of my Macs show the photos anymore. The one that used to work is not working any more. Maybe after Snow Leopard update it stopped showing photos but I can not be sure. But it certainly used to work on the first iMac.
    Please help.
     
  20. Oct 15, 2009 #780 of 1438
    cleverdevil

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    I'd recommend just getting yourself some ethernet over power adapters. I use these with my TiVo HD's and they work *great*. I get all the benefits of wireless (no wires to run), and all the benefits of wired (reliable and speedy).

    You can find them on eBay for pretty cheap if you look carefully.
     

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