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

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by TiVoStephen, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. Jan 6, 2005 #181 of 465
    mamiller

    mamiller New Member

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    I am experiencing similar issues as those you outlined. What router settings did you tweek?
     
  2. Jan 6, 2005 #182 of 465
    ack_thbbft

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    My router is a Linksys WRT54G, and I simply had to hold down the reset button for a full 10 seconds in order for it to properly reboot. That fixed the wireless part of the router, and my TiVo was then able to connect. I didn't actually have to tweak any settings once I properly reset the router.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2005 #183 of 465
    mamiller

    mamiller New Member

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    ack_thbbft......Thanks for the advice.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2005 #184 of 465
    dwags

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    You probably already have sorted this out, but I had problems with the DWL-122. TiVo would not recognize the adapter. I exchanged it for a LinkSys WUSB 11, V2.8 (excellent help from a Best Buy Geek searching through the 24+ boxes of the WUSB 11s to find the correct version!). Plugged it in and it was sweet. My router is a US Robotics 8054.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2005 #185 of 465
    greenmead

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    Am I the only person who is unable to find a retail store that actually sells one of these USB adapters that is actually compatible with the new Tivo Series 2's? As somebody else pointed out, it's challenging to see the "version" of Linksys equipment in listings and on the box, so I have now TWICE bought adapters that I later discovered were not compatible.

    I have a Linksys Wireless-G 2.4Ghz router and I'm just trying to find one of those Linksys adapters v 2.6 or 2.8 or 3.0, but the stores around me only seem to sell v 4.0. Where do you find the older versions? I've hunted a bit online with no luck.
     
  6. Jan 8, 2005 #186 of 465
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    The Linksys WUSB11 adapters are not the only type that will work. They're not even on the recommended adapters page because of the difficulty of finding compatible revisions.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2005 #187 of 465
    jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

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    I have a Tosh/SDH-400.
    I would like to use a WUSB54Gx2. I realize its not on the list of compatible adapters. When can I look forward to support for this adapter?
    Is there a reason when I plug the adapter into my Tivo, I can not find anything under Settings/Edit Phone-Network other than an option to change my dial-out phone number.
    Color me very confused!
     
  8. Jan 9, 2005 #188 of 465
    rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    Because it's not on the list of compatible adapters?
     
  9. Jan 9, 2005 #189 of 465
    rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    To say more... I just realized what I *think* you were trying to ask after staring at your question again... if the TiVo can't "see" a network adapter you won't get the option to configure it.
     
  10. Jan 9, 2005 #190 of 465
    jilter

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    o.k., I got it...thank you!



    Now, why does it have to be certain adapters?
    Isn't there a "standard" they all adhere to?
     
  11. rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    *sigh* wouldn't that be nice? At least one company discussed here (somewhere above) changed their chipset internally and it is a really now a totally different adapter. Personally I'd love it if the adapters all supported some minimal subset even if they have additional bells and whistles but apparently there is no standard for a "basic" driver.
     
  12. mamiller

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    I am becoming a bit frustrated with trying to set up wireless on my new TIVO. I have tried several Linksys and Netgear adaptors that were listed as suitable for TIVO, only to latter find out that they were the wrong version. I then ordered a D-Link DWL-122 directly from TIVO, thinking that it had to work if TIVO sold it. I then received a D-link DWL 120 version F instead, which requires a software download. So I go to the page to request this download and have now been waiting a week for it to happen. How long does it take to make this download happen?
     
  13. dmorin

    dmorin New Member

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    I have a series 2, serial number 140-xxx. According to the adapters page the SMC2662W should work. However, I get nuthin. The adapter itself shows red power light and green link light, but there's no change at all in my tivo in terms of showing mac address.

    I am a little worried that the green link light just immediately comes on and stays constantly lit. I would think that if it were doing the right think it would be more blinky.

    Any tips, suggestions? The "try another adapter" suggestion isn't really a stellar one given how limited the choices are (i.e. buying and discovering that the adapter has a newer version of the firmware than Tivo supports). I don't know why this one I just got wouldn't work. Is there any sort of way I can see a 'dmesg' or something (without hacking) that might give me a clue about whether the device is even being seen? Some sort of debugging version of system info?

    Lastly, how exactly would the UI acknowledge the device? For instance if I am already on the "Phone and Network Settings" page and it just says "Edit phone options" (as opposed to "Edit phone and network", and then I plug in the device, woudl I immediately see it change to "phone and network"? Is a reboot (warm or cold) mandatory? Would it take some time to show up? I believe I have tried every combination I can think of (including the recommended removal of power cord, etc...) But I'm game to try some more.

    Thanks! I will continue searching the forum for answers, but my immediate search only turned up references to linksys and netgear.

    Duane
     
  14. rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    you know I'm starting to think a good thing for a prospective TiVo 3 would be built-in wired and wireless ethernet ... then they'd only have to write for one or two driver cards ... with the upgrades to cards out in the world everybody loses. As long as they were firmware upgradeable to take a reasonable stab at handling near-future new security needs, etc. I think that would save pain and suffering, and perhaps many support calls which could save some $$ on the back end.
     
  15. lew

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    The problem is many of the adapters, particularly the cheap ones, don't have any driver support for linux.
     
  16. stagedr

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    I just about GIVE UP!!!! I am minimally literate as far as all this driver and router stuff as it is but still tried to read through all the previous posts. I have a Tivo Series 2 130.xxxx Software v. 4.01b (isn't that OLD??? Why isn't it updating?). I have had so much trouble getting program information to load of late through my phone connections. It used to happen all the time with no problem -- now it's always pending restart and finally today after weeks of this I got some program information to load!! I don't even know what I did to get the program guide to load! I wanted to get an adapter so that I could use the wireless features with my D-link router Airplus Extreme G DI-624 but CompUSA told me they don't sell any of the adapters that should work because they are OLD versions (why would only an OLD version work?),. I am SO FRUSTRATED! I used to love Tivo but am growing to HATE it! Can anyone help me????
     
  17. rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    A couple of things I can tell you ... no 4.01b isn't that old (there is a new one out that adds TiVo to Go that's version 7 I believe ... I don't know what happened to v5 and v6 and maybe my memory is wrong, but 4.01b is current and they are gradually sending out the new version). Only an old version works because the TiVo people had to buy adapters and write Linux software for them ... and then the company makes a new version which may be substantially different on its insides and the old software enabling the TiVo to talk to the old network adapter doesn't work on the new network adapter. I assume TiVo will have to get hold of the new adapter and write drivers for it as well...it's very frustrating. And the companies themselves tend to write only Windows drivers for their stuff (and a TiVo is linux underneath, not Windows). Hope this explains the issues a bit - Rick
     
  18. stagedr

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    Thanks for the explanation at least it helps me understand what the problem is a bit better. However, I still don't know where to get an adapter that will work with my Tivo!!! This computer stuff is frustrating!
     
  19. ccwf

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    If nothing else, you can always order a network adapter from TiVo at their on-line TiVo Store.

    If willing to do a little more shopping around to get a better price, you can try searching for one of the compatible adapters at a shopping comparison site like DealTime (they sponsor this site, so, there a search box for them on the main page) or PriceGrabber. You can also call around to local stores or print out the lists and go look in person.
     
  20. VanGoghLikesTivo

    VanGoghLikesTivo New Member

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    After my TiVo got Tivo to Go, I wanted to set up a wireless network for my TiVo. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get TiVo to work properly with several USB adapters. I have tried D-Link's USB adapter (DWL-G132) which did not work. I also tried Belkin's F5D7050 which claims to be compatible with USB 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 and both the 802.11b and 802.11g standards, but it did not work with my TiVo. I was able to find Linksys' WUSB12 at CompUSA for $79.99 and it works, so I know the problem is with the adapters and not my network. I cannot find the D-Link's that TiVo's adapter page recommends in any store nearby.

    With the Linksys, transfers using TiVo to go take a long time to complete. I understand that TiVo currently does not work with USB 2.0, but would like to buy an adapter that will work with USB 2.0 and 802.11g to get better speeds when TiVo implements USB 2.0. Does anyone know of such an adapter?
     

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