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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. Mar 6, 2004 #41 of 465
    davidsigep

    davidsigep New Member

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    I would copy a large file on your network with the 802.11b device (tivo) connected and time it. Then disconnect tivo, power cycle the router to reset it (some wrt54g firmware does not properly reset back to the higher 54mbps speed when the b device is disconnected unless it is reset). Then perform the same test copying the file across the wireless net. You'll find your speed is reduced to b-speed ~11mbps, despite what the driver tells you.

    It's an unfortunate limitation of the 802.11g protocol that the speed is slowed when a b device connects.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2004 #42 of 465
    sshepherd

    sshepherd New Member

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    I'm kinda of confused about the home networking with Tivo.

    My situation right now is I have no phone service, just a cell phone, and a cable modem, plus Adelphia Cable.

    What I would like to do is setup a Toshiba Series 2 DVD/Tivo Combo to use a linksys wireless adapter to get scheduling/updates.

    Can I do this with the new Tivo update by just entering in some number like #400 or whatever is the dialing out settings?

    Also is this a free feature as part of the Tivo update? Or do I have to buy the home media flag for $99 which I refuse to do, all I want is to update over my internet service.

    I am planning on buying the Toshiba so I'm not locked into this, I'm just worried Tivo will want a bunch of extra money beyong the $299 plus $13/mo when I'd be saving them money using my broadband and not their phone lines.

    I do currently have a older Sony 2000 series tivo collecting dust too, but from what I understand it'd cost about as much to 'hack' to get networking and more space than just buying a new tivo.

    Any help is appreciated.. I miss my DVR!
     
  3. Mar 8, 2004 #43 of 465
    drusoicy

    drusoicy New Member

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    You dont need to buy home networking to use your wireless network to connect to the Tivo service.

    However, you do need to set up your Tivo using a phone line if you dont have the right adapter.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2004 #44 of 465
    sshepherd

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    That's nice to know!

    I'm reading up more but since I never even got to really use my Sony 2000 series I'll probably to get that working with one of the $8 serial cables connected to my WinXp computer for updates over the 'net.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2004 #45 of 465
    Jim89523

    Jim89523 New Member

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    I just hooked up a TiVo yesterday and struggled through a problem that might be of interest to other newbies! While trying to connect the TiVo to my network today, I could not see "Edit Phone and Network Settings". I had noticed that after going through the 'Guided Setup', the software version was shown as 4.0.1 rather than 4.0.1b! After failing to find information, FAQ says that the TiVo should update after making a connection over the phone, I phoned Tech Support. I was advised that it takes several connections and several days to fully update to the latest version, unless the user forces the phone connections until the software version is updated on the 'System Information' page.
     
  6. Mar 11, 2004 #46 of 465
    ruc2827

    ruc2827 New Member

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    While adding a 802.11b client to an 802.11g WLAN does not impede (meaning prevent from working) other 802.11g client connections, its does significantly degrade performance of all client connections, both 802.11g and 802.11b.

    While technically all 802.11g equipment supports an interop mode with 802.11b clients and vice versa, the former causes the WAP to go into a compatibility mode which effectively reduces the throughput of all connections from the normal 22mbs max throughput (yes 22mbs kids) to a max throuhput of approx 11mbs. This can be avoided by adding a separate 802.11g WAP or wireless router (you can connect multiple routers together; you just need to create two separate subnets, e.g. 192.168.1.x and 192.168.2.x), and setting the 802.11g WAP/router to only allow G clients to connect, ensuring that the full max 22mbs transfer rate is preserved.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2004 #47 of 465
    thailife

    thailife New Member

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    Here
    Hello All. Just got a Tivo yesterday, the 40 hour series 2 model. Hooked it up easily, Sony tv, dvd, reciever and General Instruments cable box. Was a little mad that I had to use a phone line at first. Did the setup, no problem. The message said, 4 to 8 hours to process the info. I waited 4 hours then had the Tivo connect to the Tivo service. The Tivo downloaded for about 40 minutes then I restarted it. As soon as it restarted it found my Linksys wusb11, version 2.8, I configured it and WOOHOO, wireless conection. No problems for me so far. Less than 6 hours from the time I opened the box to the time all updates were done and I was using the Tivo with wireless. From what I read here, I am lucky.
     
  8. Mar 16, 2004 #48 of 465
    scguidry

    scguidry New Member

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    OK, My frustration level is high
    New Tivo Series 2.
    Software version 4.0.1-01-2-240
    WUSB11 - ver 2.8

    Tivo is not recognizing the network adapter. Works with my laptop. I go to phone and network settings and I only see phone options.

    What gives? What can I do to make this work?

    SCG
     
  9. Mar 16, 2004 #49 of 465
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    As indicated by TiVoOpsMgr in the link in the very first post in this thread, you will need to use a phone to upgrade because the v2.8 WUSB11 wasn't supported until 4.0.1a. The current software, 4.0.1b, should get downloaded in the first phone call after completing initial guided setup. Then, force a reboot or wait for your TiVo to reboot itself, and your WUSB11 v2.8 should be recognized.
     
  10. Mar 16, 2004 #50 of 465
    scguidry

    scguidry New Member

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  11. Mar 16, 2004 #51 of 465
    scguidry

    scguidry New Member

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  12. Mar 25, 2004 #52 of 465
    r1ngx

    r1ngx New Member

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    No, you are wrong.

    [LiNK]
     
  13. Mar 30, 2004 #53 of 465
    fly_records

    fly_records New Member

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    Hey man, I felt your pain cause I have the exact equipment you have, and encountered the exact same issue. It WILL work - but you have to leave it plugged into the phone jack for a few days until it gets the full on update it needs to provide you with the usb options. Then you'll have the option to connect with the d-link usb and update its firmware for tivo and unplug that darn phone cord! This all happenes after guided setup - you just have to wait til to see the magic message pop up on your tivo screen saying its ready for all that. But it should only take a few days of leaving your phone line plugged into it.

    I hope this is a help to anyone else who experiences this, as I was running around in circles over this issue myself!
     
  14. Apr 1, 2004 #54 of 465
    Cyberg

    Cyberg New Member

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    Thanks Everybody in this Forum!!!

    I'm a very happy new owner of a 40hr S2, thanks to this forum I was able to configure my Tivo on my wireless network w/o sweat, not having a land line at home, I took my Tivo to a friends house, it took about 4 hrs to download all the updates and detected my wireless NIC, after that only had to take it home and plug it to the TV and power, when I relized that I forgot the power cord and had to drive back to my friends house, that was the only bad experience.

    I decided to buy the Tivo finally when I found that Circuit City has it for $180 - $50 mail-in rebate = $138 w/tax

    A quick tip here, after Tivo downloads the programing guide, it shows that the indexing process can take from 4 to 8 hrs, mine took about 90 min. I found that you can see the progress of the indexing process, you can find that on the option where you force the call to Tivo services (don't remember the name, anyone can correct me if I'm wrong) I only play with it for a couple of hours last night ;-)

    I have a W-base MS MN-500, using 128 bit WEP and MAC filtering, no problems there.

    Thanks Again!
     
  15. Apr 1, 2004 #55 of 465
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    The amount of time that indexing takes depends on the number of channels in your lineup. More data --> More time to index.

    Welcome to the TiVolution!
     
  16. Apr 21, 2004 #56 of 465
    AtlCub

    AtlCub New Member

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    Good Afternoon,
    Just finally bought a Series 2.. had an upgraded Sony Series1 for ages. Got the 4.0.1b update, it recognizes my LinkSys version 2.6 usb card fine, the Test Connection works, connects, updates clock, then disconnects. But when I try to do a daily call, it hangs at the Configuring...... prompt for about 2 minutes then fails.

    I have a Netgear WRT624 B/G wap running in mixed mode, Tivo is on DHCP and receives an IP just fine, DHCP server sees Tivo come in and gives it an IP so I think I'm ok that way, else I figure the test connect would fail as well.

    I've tried giving it a static IP with all the related info for my network, I've tried soft boot, cold boot, unplug/replug the NIC. I'm getting 90% signal (excellent) so I don't think that's the issue.

    I read on the forum on the tivo.com page where at least one other is having the exact same hang at Configuring... but no one has answered him there.

    Any clue ?

    Thanks.
     
  17. May 4, 2004 #57 of 465
    olivejuice

    olivejuice New Member

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    anybody tried using Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter with tivo?

    i asked because this is currently cheaper than the netgear MA101 wireless usb adapter for it's rebate.

    thanks
     
  18. May 7, 2004 #58 of 465
    ejeckert

    ejeckert New Member

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    I have a Toshiba SD-h400 and I need to update the software on my tivo before I could get it to work. I am a network admin by trade so I was hoping my knowlegde of computer would help me. It did. But I needed to have my Tivo at 5.1.1b to detect my Netgear MA111...which someone mentioned in this thread that it is a g/b USB adapter...It is only a 802.11b. I have my card setup with WEP (128-bit) and my access point is mac address filter (cant have enough security) as well as the SSID is no broadcasting..hey it comes with the trade. It works excellect and the MA111 is small and comes with a 18" usb extension cord...oh and best buy has it for 49 before a 20 dollar rebate so its a good deal!! Just remember the toshiba must be updated to 5.1.1b the 5.1.01 doesnt see any USB adapter...at least mine didnt! Good luck. I like the MA111 it seems to work well and if you use WEP make sure your key in the router is HEX as well as HEX in the Tivo. The Alpha keys dont work with the MA111...at least I couldnt get it to work so stick with the HEX key for WEP!! Good luck
     
  19. May 7, 2004 #59 of 465
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    At this point, basically all the wireless manufacturers use different methods for converting alpha keys to hex for WEP. Consequently, alpha WEP keys generally are useful only when dealing with other equipment from the same manufacturer.
     
  20. May 10, 2004 #60 of 465
    ejeckert

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