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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. bogelas

    bogelas New Member

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    I have a new silver 540. It's connected to our 802.11b network and I can play music and view pictures from my PC. Every time I try to use the network to connect to Tivo for program data it says it Failed for Unknown Reason. I remembered to change the connection type from phone to network before trying to connect so that wasn't the problem. It works fine via phone for now. Anybody with a hint or suggestion?

    I have:
    Netgear MR814 v2
    Netgear MA111
    Bellsouth DSL with a Westell modem

    I'm using 128-bit WEP and not broadcasting the SSID and, as I said above, I am able to view content from my PC with no problems.
     
  2. bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    Are you using a static IP address? Does a test connection succeed but a regular connection fails? If both of these are "yes", you might want to check the DNS setting in the static IP setup on the TiVo.
     
  3. bogelas

    bogelas New Member

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    Both connection types (test and real) fail.

    I am not using a DNS address on my PC so I didn't put any into the Tivo either. I assigned an IP address manually and it is within the range of addresses available from the router. My router is 192.168.0.1, my PC is 192.168.0.3, and my Tivo is 192.168.0.9.
     
  4. bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    If you use a static IP address on the TiVo, it probably will not work unless you put in an entry for the IP address of the DNS. Some folks put in the IP address of their router and others, including me, put in the DNS address provided by their Internet Service Provider.
     
  5. bogelas

    bogelas New Member

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    That did the trick. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler New Member

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    I don't know about all of you, but I filter off of MAC adr's for my router. So once my tivo recognized the mac adr, I just plugged it into my router settings and off I went. Not sure if it's six to one, half a dozen to another, but it works well, until I change out a card on my laptop and forget I have to update my settings on a different computer.
     
  7. tfletchit

    tfletchit New Member

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    Lisa- I have a 802.11g wireless adapter so I haven't had luck with getting it to connect to my series 2 .. but it looks like, based on all the other posts, I'll just have to wait until an update for it comes out.

    However, be happy to try and help with your other wireless problems .. feel free to drop me an email ... tfletchit@comcast.net
     
  8. Pho Real

    Pho Real New Member

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    I have the Netgear MA111 and a Toshiba SD-H400

    Does anyone know a trick on how to get the machine to see the adapter after it has not be able to find it.

    I can connect to the service if I am lucky and then right after that the machine says i do not have an adapter connected.

    then if I pull it out and plug it back up the machine will either reboot/freeze right away or midway through another download.
     
  9. JoeyImage

    JoeyImage New Member

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    Ok...so LinkSys WUSB11v4 will not work..yet it's the newest one and the only one currently available, because it is the newest. Terrific....

    EDIT: Yay, went back to work, went thru 32 v4's before I finally found a v2.8, once I get home I'll do it up :)
     
  10. JoeyImage

    JoeyImage New Member

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    I know this is a very old post, but it's not correct. The version number is very clearly printed on the box.
     
  11. jezor

    jezor New Member

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    I just got a refurb SD-H400 and bought the tiny Belkin F5D6051 ($10 after rebate by mail at CompUSA) to try and use my home's wireless network. Plugged it in, got power to the adapter but the menu never showed me the config. option for a network. Thanks to this thread, I've realized that I have to force a software update, which I will do tonight. If, after that, I can get the setup to work, I'll post the results here (actually, I'll do it either way!). If anyone has worked magic with this combo (particularly the Belkin adapter), let me know. Thanks. {Jonathan}
     
  12. Nov 1, 2004 #132 of 465
    bb30994

    bb30994 New Member

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    Does anybody know what data transfer rate is required to get standard TV quality pictures? I thought connecting two tivos together would need more than 802.11b can handle.
     
  13. Nov 1, 2004 #133 of 465
    rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    Well, my understanding is you can't watch it while it's transferring, and it likely takes a lot longer than 1/2 hour to transfer a 1/2 hour show between two TiVos using 802.11b.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2004 #134 of 465
    Pho Real

    Pho Real New Member

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    Am I the only one who tries to connect to the tivo service and can make a full connection but the machine will reboot or freeze while loading data?

    I have a Toshiba SD-H400:

    At first I tried a NETGEAR MA111. It would work only if God helped out. It can connect and maybe, just maybe complete the load. However, after that it doesn't see the adapter. So you plug it back in and BAM! Reboots.

    So I unplug the unit, wait a little while, plug it back up. Wait for the machine to get to the dancing tivo guy screen and I plug the adapter in and the whole issue starts again. Reboots or Freezes either right away, during the dowload, or during the load.

    So I went out and bought a DWL-122. Same stuff, different day.

    This deal was supposed to get me the tivo for 100 after rebate but I have had to buy two adapters and it still doesn't work.

    Does anyone know they correct moment to insert the usb adapter?

    That would help out alot!

    Thanks!
     
  15. Nov 2, 2004 #135 of 465
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    It sounds like the data coming in is corrupted or mal-formed in some way which is then crashing the process. Since you get the same thing with two different adapters, it's either a fault with the SD-H400 itself or the nature of your network connection. What sort of signal strength do you see? Is there anything around that could be corrupting the signal (wireless 2.4GHz phones, other wireless networks, etc.)? Do you use wireless connections for a computer and if so, does it work well?
     
  16. Nov 2, 2004 #136 of 465
    Pho Real

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    Thanks for the speedy reply!

    I live in an apt complex. So the corruption possibilites could be endless as far as phones and microwaves.

    I am getting 60% + signal strength(That is what is says on the Tivo Screen).

    There are other wireless networks around. One that is showing up one the tivo that is not mine.

    My Wireless network is great for my laptop. However, when trying to connect to TiVo I do not use my wireless network to connect the laptop. I have the laptop turned off while i do it.

    I am guessing it may be due to the other wireless networks around???? So I guess I should encrypt it?

    If you think that will help please give me the quickest way to encrypt. Maybe by blocking other mac addys from my router. On second thought that will only protect my router from other users connecting to my netowork.

    I think I need a way to force my tivo to only connect to my router. I am pretty sure it is connecting to my router because i have it set to use my ssid. But I am hoping encryption will make the tivo and my router connect only to themselves????

    Please Help! I am losing it
     
  17. Nov 2, 2004 #137 of 465
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    Radio wave interference is interference and turning on encryption isn't going to block other networks from causing interference. You're better off searching for a different channel (by the way, the wireless channels overlap slightly with one another -- I suggest you try the extremes of 1 and 11 first)

    You should be using a "closed" SSID, WEP, and MAC filtering -- if you can. But this is more for security reasons.
     
  18. Nov 2, 2004 #138 of 465
    Pho Real

    Pho Real New Member

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    My router won't let me change the channel

    Di-624. One of the older models.

    Channel 6 is my only choice. It says I can change it on the help screen but I sure as hell can't from what I gather.

    Nevermind...I needed to turn off Turbo mode.
     
  19. Nov 2, 2004 #139 of 465
    Pho Real

    Pho Real New Member

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    I have noticed it is restarting/freezing more often before it completes the download. (before it loads the data)

    Any other ideas?

    Does anyone know the sweetspot on when to pop a USB adapter in?

    I hate this Toshiba.

    If something is to good to be true....
     
  20. Nov 2, 2004 #140 of 465
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    The adapter should be in all the time. It's not a matter of knowing when to attach it or not. It shouldn't interfere with the startup process or anything.

    I just had a thought though --- are you using any sort of USB extension cable on your adapter? If you are, you might want to check to make sure it's clear of any electrical wires. Also, you don't want to extend the cable any more than the cable that came with your adapter.

    If you're having problems on the actual loading of the data, I suppose it could be something is wrong with the hard drive or the data on the hard drive.
     

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