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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. Jun 4, 2005 #261 of 465
    teacherkris

    teacherkris New Member

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    I've searched around and haven't been able to find this topic so hopefully I'm not duplicating. Anyway, I have an ibook and use it wirelessly with my airport. I want to view my photos from iphoto on my t.v. Do I just need to use a USB cable to connect the Tivo to the Airport? I keep seeing links to various d-link systems but do I need those if I already have my wireless Airport system? Excuse my ignorance on this!
     
  2. Jun 5, 2005 #262 of 465
    rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    teacherkris,

    If I understand correctly, as long as your iBook is the machine running the TiVo server software and the rest of the systems can see your iBook. I don't think you'd need a wired connection.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2005 #263 of 465
    fredgwynne

    fredgwynne New Member

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    Here's one for the Mac experts:

    I have an Airport Extreme Based Station and recently got an Airport Express I'm current using as a repeater and to connect to my stereo. I would like to connect it to my DirecTiVo Series2, as well, as was wondering if I could simply use the USB jack in the Airport Express to go directly into the TiVo. If not that, can I use the Ethernet jack as an out, and then get an Ethernet to USB adapter to go into the TiVO?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. Desert Don

    Desert Don New Member

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    Hi All:

    I've read links till I'm blue.........
    Just bought a series 2 stand alone direct from Tivo, They shipped me the Netgear USG G-111....how ever the Tivo has the old (5.0) software.

    1. How do I specify a cable card in my setup?
    2. how do I connect with Vonage to get the updated software that should have been included?

    It's been a lousy 24 hours

    Thanks,

    Don
     
  5. virtual_bliss

    virtual_bliss New to TiVo

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    I have v7.1b on a series 2 540. I bought a Netgear G router with the recommended usb G Netgear adaptor indicated on TiVo's site. I've turned off all security settings and cannot get the Tivo to find the network. I have a PC and Mac able to use the wireless network though.

    The odd part, is that the Tivo will detect and connect to two of my neighbor's wireless networks, a Linksys and 2wire. However it cannot seem to find my own wireless network from within my house! How is this possible?
     
  6. rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    I've seen mentioned here the idea of running an 802.11b router for my TiVos (one of which is a Humax DVD burner so doesn't yet support 802.11g); I replaced my 802.11g router and have the old linksys 802.11b. However, I'm trying to remember networking limitations. If I go from my cable modem to the 802.11g router (default internal IP address 192.168.0.1, external address whatever Comcast gives it, and I will have set it to be "G-only" rather than mixed mode), can I just plug the 802.11b router into it (default internal address 192.168.1.1)? and let it get an external address from the 802.11g's DHCP pool (or use a fixed address I suppose in the 192.168.0.x non-DHCP range)? And of course use non-overlapping channels (if all my neighbors' networks make that even possible? and differring network names? Does that violate any networking standards?
     
  7. Jul 5, 2005 #267 of 465
    cannon

    cannon cannon

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    I had my TIVO up and running on my home wireless network with a tivo tested and certified wireless adapter, linksys wusb11 v.3.0, for 6 months and it recently stopped working ('no network adapter found' error). I hadn't changed any network settings, or hadn't even touched the adapter. I called TIVO support, who told me it must be my adapter that went bad, but also that TIVO doesn't guarantee that wireless adapters will work. I went and bought a new, TIVO tested and certified, wireless network adapter, linksys wusb11 v.2.8, and my TIVO doesn't identify this new adapter, either. Ideas? Help, please.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2005 #268 of 465
    dhart

    dhart New Member

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    If you have a good signal report on your wireless connection as viewed from TiVo software but are getting connection errors upon testing ignore those errors and go ahead and download. Most likely the download will suceed. Even if you TiVo software reports it failed upon download attempt go ahead and reboot and it will now report successful download. This wireless network software in version 7.1b has serious bugs.
     
  9. trenec

    trenec New Member

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    I use a Linksys WUSB12 to network my TiVo. It's worked fine for a long time until now. I recently switched from cable to DSL and also a Linksys wireless router to an integrated SBC 2Wire wireless router/DSL Modem. Now, my TiVo finds the network, and I can see the TiVo on my modem/router's network, but I keep getting a No DHCP server error. I've called TiVo, and that didn't help (told me to remove firewall for one sync - never could sync and the other one was "sorry, can't help"". Curiously I also see an error on the TiVo that says that the password may be incorrect yet it shows signal strength. More info if it helps: I have a Mac running OS X 10.4.2. Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  10. PeterGriffinFan

    PeterGriffinFan Neophyte

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    Sorry if this is a rookie question--all searches led nowhere...
    I have cable telephone, modem, cable package. TIVO folks say Tivo can't work with the digital phone signal thus dropped calls, failures to connect to service messages.
    Short of wireless connection is there an adaptation/fix for digital phone service?
     
  11. bayvette

    bayvette New Member

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    Absolutely Bull! I have AT&T digital phone service and Tivo can connect no problem. Internally in your house the digital phone service is exaclty like an analog line, unless you have digital (ISDN) phones.
     
  12. bayvette

    bayvette New Member

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    I have exactly the same problem after my D-Link wireless router died and was replaced. Laptop works great but TIVO cannot find DHCP server. Even with fixed IP it tells me it cannot find the gateway. Worked fine for 6 month.

    Any help appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. avilla02

    avilla02 New Member

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    i have had my Series 2 service #240 for over a year on my Linksys BEFW11S4 Ver 2 Router with firmware 1.45.10, with software version 7.1 for my home media and tivo to go options. this tivo is on a private DHCP and can connect fine to both my Dell PC with windows XP and to the internet for retrieving programming information.

    i recently installed a Series 2 service #540 with a compatible Linksys WUSB11 wireless adapter to connect in similar fashion as my 240. my two tivos can exchange shows like expected. however, it's been 5 days since my 540 tivo was activated and it still cannot connect to tivo servers. i called tech support and they keep telling me to check my router. i have swapped adapters, and encounter the same problem. i even bypassed the router using a hub and wired connection to both tivos on my T1 connection and the same problem exists to rule out the router.

    i am curious if anyone has issues with a 540 on a wireless B connecting to tivo servers because i cannot understand why my old 240 can connect for programming while my 540 cannot? they connect using the same hardware and interface, the only difference is the service number. anybody know what the deal is?
     
  14. avilla02

    avilla02 New Member

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    I posted my own response to this message since I ended up having to solve this issue myself without any helpful knowledge from Tivo Support:

    If you are connecting any Series 2 Tivo to a wireless network in order to get programming information, there are caveats depending on your ISP provider.

    If you cannot get your Tivo to connect to the internet and you keep getting either a "failed while configuring" or "failed while negotiating" message then you need to check the version of your Tivo software. If you are running any version other than 7.1 you need to check with your ISP provider to make sure you have a "live IP address" and they aren't "caching" communication with the open internet.

    Without getting into gory details about networking schemes, it appears that most ISP's firewall their networks using what are called "caches". This is performed to filter out virus' and help secure the networks for the ISP's customers. What caching does is cause a delay in communication between your Tivo box and the Tivo servers. When this happens the Tivo servers will drop the connection all together and you will never be able to connect over the internet. The fix for this is easy, upgrade to version 7.1. You will have to do this through a phone connection.

    To give a more advanced explaination (this is way over Tivo Support's heads), I worked with my T1 ISP to discover and solve this problem. Version 5 software cannot connect thru an ISP's firewall that caches packets. I was told by Tivo it was the firewall on my router....NOT TRUE. I was also told that the problem was not Tivo software related....ALSO NOT TRUE.

    To prove myself correct, I asked my ISP administrator to put my IP on the open internet without caching and I was able to connect to Tivo using version 5 software. We tried the same connection going through my ISP's cache and it kept failing. So once my box was upgraded to Version 7, the box connected fine using whether or not my connection was cached. Connections thru the internet does not have to be through a router either, at least in my case for testing and troubleshooting. I only hope that Tivo at some point can understand this issue well enough to help future internet connection problems their customers may have prior to Version 7.1 of the software. On a lighter note, I enjoy both my Tivos and have learned the in's and out's of them well enough to help others so if anyone needs me to explain this better then here feel free to look me up here.
     
  15. yas123

    yas123 New Member

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    It turns out I was disconnecting the download before it was done without realizing it. TiVo would revert back to live TV at some point during the download and I thought the call was finished so I would disconnect the line. I forced another connection after reading your message and after TiVo went back to live TV I check the connection status and realized that it was still downloading. This time I was smart enough to let it finish. Sure enough about one hour later it was done. I got the pending restart message and after restarting everything has worked as advertised! :)

    Thank you (very much) for your time!![/QUOTE]
     
  16. Voyagerfl

    Voyagerfl New Member

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    What if we have no land line.....?
     
  17. Ingersoll

    Ingersoll New Member

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    I see BestBuy has the Netgear WG111NA USB adapter on sale starting today for $30 after rebates. I know there were some initial hiccups with this one on a series 2 standalone Tivo, any idea if it works ok at this point? :confused:

    Also I'm guessing there's still no support for the "G" speed on this? I'm torn between this and a Linksys WUSB12, which costs a little more but I hear is easier to set up. I've got a Linksys WRT54G router currently so maybe I'll go that direction. decisions, decisions... Thanks in advance!
     
  18. CPUsports

    CPUsports New Member

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    I have a Tivo Series 2 upstairs with a USB LinkSys adapter that has been working flawlessly for well over a year.

    I recently added a second Series 2 (service # starts with 540 /// software v7.1b...)

    I ordered another LinkSys adapter. It looks just the same as the first one except that where the first one has USB on both ends of the cable, this one has a cable like a USB printer has (USB into Tivo, different connection into adapter)...

    Anyway, the new Tivo won't see the new adapter, and the new adapter doesn't flash network connectivity when attached to the Tivo.

    I switched the adapters, and the old adapter works fine with the new Tivo. The new adapter doesn't see the network with the old TIvo...

    However, the new adapter connected to the the wireless right away when I plugged it into a PC...

    Any thoughts?
     
  19. rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    The version number of the adapter is important. Review back over this whole thread -- you'll see that, though, say v3.3 of an adapter will work, v3.4 will not. When the company changes the adapter, they usually manage to change it incompatibly with the existing TiVo software and drivers.
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    The version number is generally in tiny print someplace on the network adapter box.
     
  20. CPUsports

    CPUsports New Member

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    The one that doesn't function properly is a LinkSys WUSB-11v4.

    The one that works is a WUSB-11 v2.8...
     

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