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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. Jul 28, 2004 #81 of 465
    matguy

    matguy New Member

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    More on the TrueMobile: I finally got my second Tivo going, and the TrueMobile adapter is working great. Medium quality shows (what we record about everything in) come through at roughly 1.5x speed. From about 35 feet, with 3 walls and a refrigerator in the way, we get "good" %57 signal. The other Tivo is hard wired with a Linksys USB100M adapter.
     
  2. Jul 28, 2004 #82 of 465
    JennaEG

    JennaEG New Member

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    Hi. I recently purchased a TiVo series2 80 hour. I have no idea whether it is 4.0 or if that matters.
    I am trying to hook it up through my internet. I have no land line. Is there anyway to do the initial guided setup throught the internet, or do I have to do this at someone else's home?
    I am very frustrated and I really want my TiVO to work, but I have just about had enough of it. I have tried the ,#401 and I have switched the cords, reset the internet, nothing seems to work. I have a Liknsys Wireless G router and A Linksys USB100M (?) adaptor.
    I am not very tech savvy so any suggestion would be appreciated if described in baby steps. I am capable but need some detailed explanantion about how to go about doing things.

    PLEASE HELP!


    __________________
    Jenna
     
  3. Jul 29, 2004 #83 of 465
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    For initial guided setup, you must have the router set to be a DHCP server (but the manual probably won't use that phrase and will call it something else), which is likely the default behavior. Furthermore, you must be sure the primary DNS server broadcast from your DHCP server (which in turn is likely fetched from your ISP) is working.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2004 #84 of 465
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    Make sure you're not setting this up as a "peer to peer" networking option on the TiVo -- that's only used for connecting two TiVo units together without a network that's already in place.

    Also really long SSID values will cause trouble sometimes.

    Do you have any wireless security enabled such as WEP? What are you using as your wireless access point or router?
     
  5. Aug 11, 2004 #85 of 465
    mangler103

    mangler103 New Member

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    Do you have the new silver Tivo? (Model TCD5400***) I ask because I can't force my Tivo to use broadband for guided setup on my new one either.

    I'm planning on taking mine to a friends house who has a landline if I can't get it to work.
     
  6. Aug 12, 2004 #86 of 465
    jeff_hanna

    jeff_hanna New Member

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    Help, please

    I have a new (refurb) 40 hr black TiVo that has gone through the initial setup and has software 4.01b installed. It is on my wireless network via a Linksys WUSB11 (v2.8).

    My router sees it, recognizes that it has the correct SSID name (3 chars), and no WEP encryption. The DHCP server has issued it a valid IP address. The TiVo shows a signal strength of 70% (excellent) and shows the IP address that the DHCP server has issued it. The TiVo is set to use the network for it's communications.

    Yet, I can not complete a call with it. When I try the system cleans up, attempts to "dial", and then tells me "(Failed. Unknown Error.)"

    Additionally, it can not see any PC on the network with the TiVo Desktop installed and those PCs can not see the TiVO on the network as a valid access point.

    It all works if I hardwire the TiVO into the router with a Linksys USB200M, but that's not optimal as the router and the TV are on seperate floors. I am at a complete loss as to why everything looks good for a wireless connection, yet an error is generated and it fails. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  7. Aug 12, 2004 #87 of 465
    Callipygian1

    Callipygian1 New Member

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    You people had me all scared! It ended up being a breeze getting set up on wireless, though it took more time just waiting on downloads than I anticipated. I'm really glad I researched this prior to buying, though, to ensure that I had the right wireless access... thingie. The most complicated piece of information I had to supply was the password typed on the bottom of my SBC 2Wire wireless... other thingie.

    Hope the rest of my experience is as smooth.
     
  8. Aug 12, 2004 #88 of 465
    loco_ped

    loco_ped New Member

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    I have a Tivo Series 2 240 model DVR, my question is everytime I go down to Settings/ Phone/Network settings I see the edit phone option but not the edit network settings. I have a D-Link DWL-120 not plus but I noticed the model is V.F1, when I plug it in I don't get any option to update the firemware or even that it is installed. I don't have a phoneline near my Tivo so I had to disconnect it and move it to a different room so that I could connect. Now my question is Now that it has connected and downloaded what ever it is that it downloaded, how long will I have to wait to see if it fixed anything, or more importantly is this model Wireless adapter compatible?
     
  9. Aug 12, 2004 #89 of 465
    jeff_hanna

    jeff_hanna New Member

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    Loco_ped,

    A Series 2 is definately wireless compatible. The 240 series can actually use more adapters (notably the Linksys WUSB 12) than other series 2.

    Check your TiVO software version # in the settings menu. If it still shows 4.01 you might need to power down your TiVO and reboot it. Any new software update that is downloaded will not become available until after the TiVO reboots.
     
  10. Aug 12, 2004 #90 of 465
    jeff_hanna

    jeff_hanna New Member

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    I fixed my "(Failure. Unknown Error.)" problem. I have a D-Link AirPlus router that does some funky 22Mb mode with compatible D-Link wireless cards. It is *supposed* to allow regular 11Mb connections for other devices. That doesn't seem to work properly, though. Once I set the router to only work in 11Mb mode the TiVO was able to dial out.

    Now to try the HMO PC software.
     
  11. Aug 12, 2004 #91 of 465
    loco_ped

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    I'm still showing 4.0.1 and I've powered down many time yet it still won't recognize the D-Link 120 V.F1 usb adapter. I decided to go ahead and buy the Linksys adapter since it seems to be the recomended one, the only issue I have is that now I have a D-link adapter I don't need and I can't return because I bought it off Newegg. Oh well Maybe I'll use it when I buy my next tivo. Thanks for your help though. I'll see if the software changes anytime soon.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2004 #92 of 465
    srea

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    St....
    I have a USB200M on my TiVo 2.
    Can I connect this to a 801g ethernet to wireless bridge (DWL-G810) and operate 801g. It doesn't seem like the TiVo needs to know anything about the bridge since only the USB200M is connected via USB. The bridge seems to work fine with eveything else I've connected. Thanks, Steve
     
  13. Aug 18, 2004 #93 of 465
    AtlCub

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    srea: yes you can, that's EXACTLY how I have mine hooked up.. :) same exact part #'s for the wired and the G adapter.
     
  14. Aug 23, 2004 #94 of 465
    Ron90069

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    I bought a NetGear MA111 (v1) adaptor and a WGR614 router mid-June. Hooked 'em up, and TiVo worked perfectly right off the bat.

    HOWEVER, for the past two weeks, the MA111 powers down (green light goes off, it gets cold) within 1-6 hours. TiVo shows no connected adaptor.

    I unplug and replug it, and all is well - for a few hours.

    I have tried both USB slots, tried an extension cable (to get it away from the unit), and as a last resort called NetGear. Their tech support ran through some tests, and indeed, when the MA111 is plugged into my COMPUTER (though still using my wired connection normally), the thing stays powered up perfectly. Move it back to the TiVo, and it's off in a few hours.

    NetGear of course says it's a TiVo problem; TiVo support (2 levels) today says it must be a NetGear problem.

    Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

    -- Ron
     
  15. Aug 24, 2004 #95 of 465
    synergy3000

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    I just bought and setup my Toshiba Tivo unit. Looking at the system info it looks like I have system 5.1.1. I did run at least one phone line update.
    My Toshiba does not recognize my Linksys WUSB11. The Linksys is version 2.8.
    Any ideas on how to get the Tivo to recognize the WUSB11?

    Thanks
     
  16. Aug 26, 2004 #96 of 465
    mobetta

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    i'm new to this so please forgive me if this is in the wrong place but wanted to share news.
    i've just purchased and installed a Pioneer Elite DVR-57H DVD Recorder / Player which i then hooked up to my home network(wireless) via two apple airports(i'm a designer using G4 laptop). i plugged in a D-Link USB Adapter(802.11B) and it is smooth sailing!!!
    no wires, no worries and life is sweet!
     
  17. Aug 26, 2004 #97 of 465
    BetterYeti

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    I'm in a similar predicament to Loco Ped. I'm switching to wireless networking because my unit's modem has failed and an external modem hasn't been able to work either. Basically, I have to try to do this without having to make a phone call.

    The unit is an AT&T 40 hour running 4.0.1b. I have connected a Linksys WUSB11 (v2.8) to the unit (the network router is a Linksys W54G).

    My problem: The Settings page menu gives an option for "Phone & Network Settings" but when selected, it brings me to a page that only offers phone settings, with no selections for changing connection or editing network settings. It does have a yellow star option that takes you to directions on how to connect to a network which, essentially, directs me back to the pages and options that I don't have access to. Suggestions? Any suggestion that requires making a phone call is off the table.

    Unit is working fine otherwise (a lot of manual recordings), but I don't want to be left with a dumb DVR.
     
  18. Aug 27, 2004 #98 of 465
    ccwf

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    That software version is fine. Check your physical connections: make sure the USB cable isn't backwards, try both USB ports, and so forth.
     
  19. Aug 30, 2004 #99 of 465
    BetterYeti

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    Thanks. I did all that without success. Then, I connected the adapter to my PC running XP and was informed the adapter malfunctioned. Got another adapter, checked that one on the PC, and it was recognized. Hooked it up to the Tivo and everything worked first time through.

    It has been working pretty much perfectly for two days, even sharing photos. The last thing I expected the cause would be a hardware problem right out of the box. Reading these threads, it seems Linksys might have a little QC problem with these adapters?
     
  20. Sep 2, 2004 #100 of 465
    lisafab

    lisafab New Member

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    Yes! I have the same setup as you and was going crazy. Thought I had the latest software after I did the phone setup. Took me a while to realize my mother had inadvertantly switched off the box then turned it on again. Software update was incomplete!

    After reading your post I checked the software version and it was only 5.1.01. Re-connected phone line, downloaded the latest software (5.1.1b) and voila! (pardon my French) Everything is fine.

    Remember Toshiba SDH400/MA111 users, make sure your software is 5.1.1b!

    Thanks so much,

    Lisa

    PS Now if I could only pick your brain on another wireless network issue...:)
     

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