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Read this if you want to use your Series2 DVR with a wireless adapter

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVoStephen, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. Jan 5, 2004 #41 of 482
    kjack7

    kjack7 New Member

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    Added the D-Link DWL-122 unit. No problems, everying came up and worked fine.
     
  2. Jan 7, 2004 #42 of 482
    rookie

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    I've looked thru the TiVo website regarding Wireless connections and I'm looking for assistance confirming what I think I need. All I want to do at this point is use the HMO option to do multi-room viewing between my 2 TiVo units. I don't have a home network. 1) Am I correct that all I need is a Wireless USB adapter (leaning toward the Linksys WUSB12) for each TiVo unit, along with signing up for HMO...??? My assumption is that I would only need to add a wireless router from my PC if I wanted to take advantage of Photos, remote scheduling, etc... But I wouldn't need it for multi-room viewing. 2) Lastly...if I did add the wireless router and had my PC always connected to a network (DSL or even constant dial up) would my TiVo units be able to get their nightly program updates without calling in via phone line? This would be handy for one of my units that doesn't have easy access to a phone jack. Thanks...this forum is a great resource.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2004 #43 of 482
    Dmtalon

    Dmtalon I love Tivo...

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    West...
    As far as I know, The Tivo units can not do "adhoc" connections so you will need some sort of wireless adapter to put both Tivo's together. To answer your last question, yes the nightly calls would / could go through the wifi connection.

    In fact, I'm still a pretty good Tivo n00b so, I'm not sure that the Tivo will still use the phone line if you have a wifi/network adapter plugged in or not, that would be a question someone else would have to answer.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2004 #44 of 482
    hurstonp

    hurstonp New Member

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    I have the D-Link DWL-122 adapter and an 802.11b network at my house but no land line. I went to a friend's house to set up my new Tivo and went through the guided setup and realized I had to get 4.0.1b software to allow my adapter to work. I filled out the form last night to request the software, but since I couldn't leave my Tivo at my friend's house, how do I know when I have been "approved" to download it. I can use the phone line at work, but I don't really want to be toting it to work every day if I can help it.

    TIA
     
  5. Jan 7, 2004 #45 of 482
    futerfas

    futerfas New Member

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    You can set up a P2P connection between two tivos with two Wireless USB adapters. They have to be on the same channel, which you can set up. You wont be able to use it as an alternative to getting guide data over the phone line, or be able to get music and photos. More information at http://customersupport.tivo.com/tivoknowbase/root/public/tv2007.htm?
     
  6. Jan 7, 2004 #46 of 482
    TiVoStephen

    TiVoStephen formerly TiVoOpsMgr

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    hurstonp, we're authorizing users to receive 4.0.1b at least twice a day currently, so if you submitted yesterday, then you'll definitely get the update on the next time you call today.

    [Edit: Typo]
     
  7. Jan 7, 2004 #47 of 482
    rookie

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    Thanks for the info futerfas.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2004 #48 of 482
    mherdeen

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    I want to setup wireless connection for TIVO to replace phone line (and eventually use HMO) Reading all the posts here have confused the hell out of me. I have an 80 hour Tivo series 2 running version 4.0.1-01-2-240. Tivo service # begins with 240.

    I currently have a wireless network in place at home supporting 5 computers (2 wired 3 wireless).

    Can someone please tell me exaclty what wireless adapter will work with little to no tweaking and do I need to request an upgrade to my Tivo to support this?? Any help would be most appreciated. I'm sure the answers are here in this forum somewhere but after all the reading I've done I'm just too confused to sort it all out.

    THANK YOU!! :(

    Michael
    herdeen@yahoo.com
     
  9. Jan 9, 2004 #49 of 482
    TiVoStephen

    TiVoStephen formerly TiVoOpsMgr

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    Hi Michael,

    I think this article will straighten things out:
    http://www.tivo.com/adapters/

    A lot of people in your situation would use the Linksys WUSB12 wireless adapter; that will work with your existing network and software version right away.

    Hope that helps.

    Best regards,
    Stephen
     
  10. Jan 9, 2004 #50 of 482
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    If you look through the list of adapters at http://www.tivo.com/adapters you will note that some of them have asterisks next to their entries which indicate that an update is required.

    Based on your software version, I would suggest that you get either the Microsoft MN-510 adapter or the LinkSys WUSB12 adapter which should still be available and haven't been "revised" like the others (where you have to worry about the version number). Alternatively, I did see a number of the LinkSys WUSB11 version 2.6 adapters at my local Wal-Mart the other day. You may want to check those out as well (but you need to make sure that it says "Version 2.6" on the box.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2004 #51 of 482
    mherdeen

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    You guys rock!! thanks for the quick response, heading to Best Buy now to pick up an adapter.

    Michael
     
  12. Jan 9, 2004 #52 of 482
    hurstonp

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    Thanks Stephen! I was able to connect at work, get the 4.0.1b update, and as soon as it restarted I was on the wireless network and it was very easy to get set up. I'm now adding season passes during my free time and it's addicting! Mark me down as a Tivo believer.

    Thanks again.
     
  13. Jan 9, 2004 #53 of 482
    SciLogix

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    My new HDVR2 from Hughes won't work with my Vonage service, but I did buy a Linksys WUSB11 v2.8 adapter and it's all setup to work. So, when I called DirecTV and asked them to force the software update, they said this wasn't going to work. Anyone know what gives?
     
  14. Jan 10, 2004 #54 of 482
    futerfas

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    You can't use the Wireless adapters with a directivo without doing some serious hacking to the unit. If you want, check out the underground section and they can help you wou with that
     
  15. Jan 10, 2004 #55 of 482
    SciLogix

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    I'll find an old external modem! :) thx
     
  16. Jan 11, 2004 #56 of 482
    Jim Wilke

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    Well, I may have been too hasty. I emailed Stephen, had him send me the updated software. I have a NetGear 614 router which is G format only so I bought a LinkSys USB adapter that works either B or G. I ran guided setup again but Tivo doesn't see my adapter, presumably since it is seeing the network in G format. At this point, I am not going to change my router just to hook up my TiVo and now I have a $79 adapter I didn't need. I intend to buy a second laptop so I guess I'll plug this adapter into the laptop for now and wait until TiVo gets their act together and supports G.
     
  17. Jan 11, 2004 #57 of 482
    Jim Wilke

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    This is the one I have but TiVo doesn't see it or at least I don't think so. In settings, it doesn't give me the option to choose to hook up via network/TCP/IP so I assume that is because it doesn't see the USB adapter and therefore figures my only option is to hook up via phone.
     
  18. Jan 11, 2004 #58 of 482
    Geraint

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    I have a pioneer dvr 810H. It is connected to a samsung directtv box. I am having problems connecting to tivo by phone or wireless network.

    When I connect by phone I can do the test connection and the initial set up call - both of them short calls. However, having now signed up for tivo plus the machine needs to do a larger download. I can dial connect and start downloading but about 5 minutes into the download the call fails every time. It always says that the call was interrupted. I have tried this about 25 times now. I have call waiting disabled through the menu. I must point out that my telephone service is VOIP thru cablevision.

    Anyway, instead I have bought a D-Link DWL-122 which I have connected to the tivo. I have also set the dial prefix to ",#401" . I then restarted the tivo unit. The wireless adapter shows two green lights. I know that the wireless network reaches this spot in the house because I put my powerbook with airport extreme right next to it and it worked fine. (My wireless network is driven by a d-link non-extreme wireless router with DHCP) However I get no option in the setup menus to setup a network - wireless or wired.

    I'm sure that I am doing SOMETHING wrong but I am stuck at this point. Any advice?

    geraint
     
  19. Jan 11, 2004 #59 of 482
    futerfas

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    When running guided setup, you can only use wired network adapters. Otherwise, you need to use the phone line to do guided setup.
     
  20. Jan 14, 2004 #60 of 482
    tpatch

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    Thanks for all the info in this thread. I upgraded my software and then got a Netgear MA111 wireless USB adapter. Works great.

    FYI, Netgear has a rebate right now so you can get the MA111 for under $40. It's nice not having the telephone cord going across the floor.

    Does a broadband connection allow Tivo to download quicker? And/or more frequently? Just curious.

    Andy
     

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