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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. jkielyovit

    jkielyovit New Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    Hello, I’m attempting to install one of the recommended wireless adaptors to my Humax. However, the recorder is not recognizing the adaptor. Also, when I go to settings and go to phone/network settings, I only have the option to edit phone settings. Any advice?
  2. Mar 8, 2005 #242 of 465

    tivoasb New Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    You can easily find an older version WUSB11 on eBay
    Just search on either:
    WUSB11 ver 2.6
    WUSB11 ver 2.8

    There are plenty of them out there.
  3. Mar 8, 2005 #243 of 465

    tivoasb New Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    I had the same problem. If the dvr does not recognize the adapter the network settings will not appear in the set-up for you to configure.
  4. Briantivo

    Briantivo New Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    My Phillips Tivo works on my Netgear wireless, I think w111 v1 (updated) at the Tivo end. I installed Tivo desktop on my Mac, and turnde it "on". The program updates fine, but the Tivo won't recognize my mac. Is it a secret TCP setting, or should I not even try to get photos/music?
  5. maxxl


    Feb 19, 2005
    Eastpointe, MI
    Tivo thankyou for making my life real fun the last 4 weeks. First i baught the D-link Dwl-G120 wireless adapters because you were selling them on the website, at that time u did not specify version B2. Then about a month later I see you note that I have to have version B2 of the above adapter. Now after calling every computer store in Michigan I find out there is no version B2 in michigan. Now what do I do??? I call D-Link sales they would know. Guesse what?? DWL-G120 is not even in the stores yet. :mad: oh After countless hours of looking for this stuff ohhhh I am not happy.
    All they had to do was post in there note on the "recommended wirless adapters" that these adapters are not in stores yet. I wish i could get a free one with all the time I put into looking for this stuff it would have paid for it. I WILL POST WHEN I START SEEING THEM IN THE STORES.
  6. DCDivenut

    DCDivenut New Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Hello.. Looking for the answer to what is probably a dumb question but since I am helping my girlfriend install this I would rather look dumb here than in front of her :rolleyes:

    I did read this entire thread and do some additional searching but I just wantto be sure that what I am thinking is correct....

    She has a Verizon DSL connection with a combo modem/wireless router that is 802.11g. I know that Tivo doesn't "do" G (except for the workaround :) but since she is just going to eliminate the phone line and occasionally use the HMO to play mp3s I think B is fine.

    My question is if I buy one of the reccomended adapters it will work on the G network even though it is a B card, right?

    BTW she has a 140 box running ver. 7.1 software.
  7. rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

    Apr 8, 2002
    Ann Arbor,...
    If it's all standard, an 802.11b card should work fine on an 802.11g network -- however, with at least older 802.11g routers, having even one item connect as 802.11b will cause the entire network to drop to the slower 802.11b speed. More expensive newer routers don't have this problem.
  8. digitalfirefly

    digitalfirefly Member

    Apr 15, 2005
    Anyon still having this problem?

    Tivo software version 02.2.240
    Tivo series 2 tivo
    Netgear ME101 Bridge
    Netgear 614

    *I managed to hook up via a 50 foot network cable so I can use my Tivo til they fix this problem. It's not recognizing my Wireless Netgear ME101.
  9. bst11112

    bst11112 New Member

    Apr 17, 2005

    Need Help! I just installed a wireless system (Router Netgear MR814 11Mbps and Adapter Netgear WG111 54 Mbps). I also rec'd the new Tivo software today.
    It understands the Adapter and I can use the Tivo to go, connect to Tivo via wireless, schedule shows online, but using the music and photos options dosen't work. When I click into the option it shows the Best Buy music and photos from Nikon and they of course work. I added my own music and photos but they do not go to my Tivo server.
    Any Help Please!
    Thank You
  10. Rick Texas

    Rick Texas New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    Central Texas
    Make sure your firewall is setup to let Tivo access the files. I had the same problem with mine, when I set it up.

  11. paradave

    paradave New Member

    Apr 29, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Ive been real happy with my tivo of two days now!! BUT.... dang tivo software is persnicity about its usb adapters... I have a netgear wireless setup in my house, so I went with the wg111 for my adapter... now before i get started, I am a network engineer, so I knew I would probably screw it up so I read and read and read some more before buying my equipment and bringing it home...
    Now comes the fun part. Hooked it all up, everything went smooth, hooked it up to my home theatre setup really, really easy. but went to add the nic in... eeehhhh no-go. so I remembered that I had to have the 7.1 software for my nic, ok fine. finnally got it this afternoon, and was estatic to get it so fast.. that was at four this afternoon. Finally at 8:30pm I gave up and started looking for other adapters to buy per the webpage suggestions. went to best buy, bought every usb wireless they had!! brought em home, hooked up the SAME nic i had before but it was a wg111na instead of a wg111t, and bigity bam!! fired right up, set up the dhcp, i was hooked up baby!! LOL so Im going to send an email to whoever sets up the nic list and tell him, not ALL wg111's are the same.... but anyways, thanks for listening to me ramble. Talk to you guys later, im going to hop over to the help section and see if I can change these GOD AWEFUL colors on my grid.


  12. hitech_rednek

    hitech_rednek Extreme Tech Weenie

    Apr 30, 2005
    Eastern PA
    To take it even further, make sure you don't have two firewalls on the PC :eek:

    My son's PC gave me fits with TiVo Desktop until I realized he had a firewall running that came with the anti-virus package (forget which one) in addition to the Windows XP personal firewall. Had to open ports in both. I guess I could have disabled the second one but everything else was working so I just left it there. ;)
  13. May 2, 2005 #253 of 465

    pauljb55 Now in Miami Beach

    May 2, 2005
    Ok, just purchased my 2nd tivo. tried to connect after initial setup with a phone line and I can get the wireless connected to the network @ 95% and I cant get the DHCP to work! I tried reseting my router and removed all WEP and MAC requirements and still no luck.

    and WUSB-11 2.6
  14. May 2, 2005 #254 of 465

    rrl98a New Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    The link worked fine for me but it just gets me started. It doesn't solve the problem I am running into. Do you have any advice for my thread under Connecting to network?
  15. quarque

    quarque New Member

    Sep 21, 2002
    If it really is "approved" then it should see it. So my guess is that is not the EXACT version of hardware or firmware that Tivo can deal with. I went through the same thing a couple weeks ago, then I found this forum and got the right hardware. In my case I needed a 802.11b model (b-mode only) adapter because I was setting up a peer-to-peer network between 2 Tivos with no router or AP. Apparently nothing with '802.11g' capability will work in a p2p setup.

    What is the model, hardware version and firmware version? It should all be on the side of the box. Then go to the Tivo site and find the *complete* adapters list to see if it is really on the list for *your* Tivo box (certain ones are incompatible with certain devices). It is all clear as mud...
  16. DFNYC

    DFNYC New Member

    May 21, 2003
    Upper West Side
    Just an FYI folks, I was in CompUSA today looking for a compatible adapter and YES I finally found the version number on the outside of the box. It resides in very SMALL print on the barcode label....it's almost hidden in there...the ones I looked at today clearly said v4 on them. Caveat Emptor !! :mad:
  17. Gai-jin

    Gai-jin Active Member

    Feb 28, 2000
    Quad City...
    Are there any adapters that are not listed or are listed as uncompatible which can be used with a 140 series?

    For example, I know I have used a MN-510 before with an old 60 hour tivo...
  18. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    Strangely enough, although it's listed with a red thumbs down, I use a WUSB12 with my 140 series. Works wonderfully!!!!

  19. petebags

    petebags petebags

    Apr 30, 2005
    I bought my version 2.6 from KMART...found the version number in very small letters on the box! Were talking Linux drivers...not as simple to construct as Windows drivers!! :rolleyes:
  20. pattipie

    pattipie New Member

    May 29, 2005
    Getting a TiVo working with a wireless adapter (no land phone line) has been quite an ordeal (40 hours?). Here's what I learned along the way. Maybe it will help someone else trying to do this!

    1) If you have to borrow someone's phone for your first phone call for Guided Setup: Set it up as if you were at home making the call. If you have satellite at home, don't set things up as cable because that's what is at the home of the borrowed phone line. Ditto on all the rest of the questions.

    2) Buying your wireless router and adapter:
    a) Buy both of the same brand. Otherwise they might not talk to each other well.
    b) Make sure you use the adapters recommended by TiVo. Otherwise they won't work.
    c) Don't trust what the sales guy at the retail store tells you. Even with TiVo's recommended list in my hand, they sold me a version that wouldn't work. I had to return it to the store and buy a different brand. Check those version numbers!! D-Link's version numbers are listed where the serial numbers are on the outside of the box. I wound up with NetGear because Circuit City didn't have a D-Link model on TiVo's list.

    3) Using a NetGear wireless router and adapter:
    a) You will have to have a computer to set these up, and an active internet connection. Otherwise you cannot connect to the internet to register the product. You must register in order to get telephone support. If you use telephone support, don't expect to get a technician whose first language is English, or who can answer a simple question (they apparently read from a manual, and if you interrupt with a question, they simply read the next line). You must also go on-line to set up your WEP key because (at least for the model I bought) no WEP key is pre-installed on the router. You will set up the WEP key using some phrase you like and a hexadecimal key will be generated. Write this number down because the generated key, not the phrase you like, will be the one you will enter from the Tivo box to make everything talks to each other.

    4) Know what types of cables you will need:
    a) If the wireless router has only ethernet connections, and your computer has only USB connections, you will have special needs. I bought a USB to ethernet adapter, which worked fine after a simple software install for the adapter. I got mine from Radio Shack.
    b) Make sure if you need an ethernet cable, that's really what you buy. I tried a "networking cable" from Circuit City, which a different sales guy than the first one assured me was an ethernet cable. It wouldn't work. Make sure it says "ethernet" cable on the package. Best Buy had a nice selection.

    5) If you have a USB hub:
    a) Make sure you have a high speed hub. Otherwise you will get messages that say you are trying to connect a high speed USB device to a low speed USB hub. (I didn't risk ignoring this message. I bought a new one at Radio Shack.)
    b) Make sure you have a hub that plugs into an electrical socket. Otherwise you will get a message saying the hub doesn't have enough power to run the device.

    6) Do things in the right order. Make your land line call first. Get your wireless router set up and test it. Install the wireless adapter on your TiVo box, change your network settings, and test the connection. Whatever you do, don't go through guided setup again because you will have to go find that land phone line to do it!

    Perhaps my experience was unique. Maybe I'm just not enough of a techie. But my original gift to my daughter was supposed to be a Humax Tivo Box and a year's subscription to Tivo service. I wound up buying a wireless router, wireless adapter, USB to ethernet adapter, a new high-speed powered USB hub, and two cables: about $200 more than I had planned. Add up all the time I spent buying these items, returning some of them, phone calls to tech support, cussing when things didn't work, etc. WHEW! One thing for sure, I am DETERMINED.

    All I can say is that I really love MY OWN TiVo (which was a snap to set up with a phone line) or I would have given up somewhere along the way.

    Good luck!!

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