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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. Dec 3, 2004 #161 of 465
    bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    I've heard that some brands/types of 2.4GHz phones are more "friendly" to 802.11b/g networks than others. Sorry I can't give you any more specifics (I use 900MHz phones).
     
  2. Dec 3, 2004 #162 of 465
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Actually, I meant the antenna on the phone itself, not the base.
    With the ones that stick to specific frequencies, you can try to pick one that doesn't intefere as much. But most hop around.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2004 #163 of 465
    ElVee

    ElVee I have an old sumo

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    Well, I've switched to channel 11 and it seems to be working well now. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

    Thanks for the help, bedelman and ccwf. :up:
     
  4. bosox18

    bosox18 New Member

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    I am one of the several people who have had problems with the MA111 becoming recognized by Tivo after being plugged in for just a few minutes.

    No, I don't have any solution. I gave up and picked up a Hawking Tech WU250 cheap and it works perfectly.
     
  5. Russ37

    Russ37 New Member

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    Ok, I am at my Wit's end here.

    About a month back lightning surged through my phone line and killed my Tivo's Modem. Since then I have been trying to find ways to fix it. It took me a week just to get the phone line repaired and isolate all the damage.

    I finally got an acceptable Wireless adapter for my Tivo since I can no longer connect by phone, but the Wireless adapter is having some sort of issue now.

    I have used this board and the Tivo site to try many things like manually entering the IP numbers and such, but have still had no luck. The best result I ever got was that it just said 'NEGOTIATING' until it timed out.

    Forgive me for directly posting my query here if that's frowned upon, but I work a lot of hours in the day, and my research and problem solving time is limited, I greatly want my Tivo back.

    I am using the LinkSYS WUSB11 version 2.8 USB Adapter for the Tivo and my Router is a Linksys 802.11b.

    I know someone has had to have had a similar problem, and can offer some new and possibly final advice on how I can get this to work.

    Thanks to all!
     
  6. discostu1

    discostu1 New Member

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    Hi all,
    I have a question about wireless adapters. I have a Series 2 with the Belkin F5D6050 and it works fine. I just bought a second unit and I am looking to set that one up for as cheap as possible.
    Is there a more up to date list of "compatible" adapters than the list on tivo.com? I see it still lists my Belkin as one that "has been reported to work", yet it wouldn't work if Tivo didn't load the drivers on there for us. So shouldn't it be listed under the "supported" section? Anyway, if I throw a bigger net, I could find a cheaper adapter. I see a real steal on a Belkin F5D6130, but that is not listed anywhere as having worked with Tivo yet. All the Linksys adapters are way too expensive for me so far.
    Thanks for any info!!
    Discostu
     
  7. dvanthul

    dvanthul New Member

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    In reviewing the approved USB adaptors I find all our the 802.11a type. Any hope that a 801.11g type is coming soon. I would prefer not to downgrade my net from the g type or spend the money when I would have to do it again.

    Dave Van Thull
     
  8. mstenzel

    mstenzel New Member

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    I want to buy the NETGEAR MA111 usb adapter. I'm looking at one at Amazon, but I'm not sure if it will be compatible. The list over at tivo.com's adapter page (sorry, can't post a link as per forum rules for newbies) states that v. 1 will work but that v. 2 will not.

    My question: Will a new, out-of-the-box adapter come with only v. 1? From my reading, I think that v. 2 is a firmware upgrade that is obtained only via upgrade from Netgear's web site. But I wanted to confirm that v. 2 doesn't ship with new products before I buy the adapter. Obviously, if it comes with v. 1, then I will not upgrade it and it should work fine with my Series 2.

    I'm looking specifically at Netgear because I already have a Netgear wireless router and wireless card for my laptop. Am I correct in assuming that for compatibility's sake, it is better to stick with one manufacturer?

    Thanks,
    Marcus
     
  9. bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    The v1 and v2 are different pieces of hardware on the inside of the case. There is no firmware update that changes a v1 to a v2 -- they really are different adapters. The electronics are not the same -- the only thing that is the same is the outer case.
     
  10. ccwf

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    I did some quick web searching and found info that the MA111 v1 uses a Prism chipset and the MA111 v2 uses SiS 162. So, they are totally different hardware and not just a firmware upgrade.

    Further searching reveals that SiS 162 drivers are only officially available for some (not all) versions of Windows at this time. SiS has released a Linux driver for that chipset, but it apparently does not work with all versions of Linux.
     
  11. mstenzel

    mstenzel New Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    So, bottom line is this: If I buy any NETGEAR MA111 adapter without seeing the box or some label that indicates version, I will have no idea whether I'm getting v. 1 or v. 2. Thus, it will be a crapshoot as to whether the adapter will work with my Tivo Series 2.

    Is it recommended that I stick with Netgear as that's my router brand?

    Marcus
     
  12. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Unless you can be sure or can usefully stick the MA111 on a computer if it turns out to be the wrong version, I would get a different adapter.
     
  13. mstenzel

    mstenzel New Member

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    Thanks ccwf.

    Does anyone know any reason why the D-Link DWL-122 would NOT work with a Netgear wireless router?

    Thanks.
     
  14. Jan 4, 2005 #174 of 465
    ack_thbbft

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    Hello all,

    I did not expect to have nearly as much trouble as I am having setting up my wireless USB adapter and router to get this thing working. Here's what I have:

    Series2 running software 5.3-01-2-540
    Linksys WRT54G wireless router, firmware 3.01.3 (latest)
    DLink DWL-122

    Connecting the wireless USB adapter made my TiVo install the firmware update for the adapter, as expected. No worries.

    The wireless transmitter on the router is on, SSID transmit is enabled (customized name), and the TiVo identifies my router's SSID automatically on the "closed/peer-to-peer" screen.

    That is about as far as I can get. All security features of my router are disabled, and yet when the TiVo checks all the settings, it says the wireless network could not be found or does not exist.

    Why can it find the network during setup, but not when connecting?? I'm about to pull my hair out.
     
  15. Jan 4, 2005 #175 of 465
    ccwf

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    Are you actually using peer-to-peer mode? If so, why? I don't recommend peer-to-peer for most ordinary uses.
     
  16. Jan 4, 2005 #176 of 465
    ack_thbbft

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    I am not using Peer-to-Peer mode. As I understand it, that is for sharing between two TiVo's not connected to a network.

    As the instructions say, if SSID broadcasting is enabled on the router, your router will appear in the list of open networks detected by the adapter, otherwise you must select the closed network connection option, then manually enter the SSID.

    The point is, it found my router on the initial setup screen, yet at the end of the setup procedure it says the network can't be found. Same result when testing the connection outside the Phone/Network current settings screen.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I do have the router set to B only. This adapter for the TiVo is the only wireless device in the house, so I don't have the router set for G or Mixed B/G.
     
  17. Jan 4, 2005 #177 of 465
    ack_thbbft

    ack_thbbft New Member

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    Well, I fixed the problem. I got it to work after quite a few resettings of my router. Got it working fine with WEP and MAC filtering, as well.

    Thanks all!
     
  18. Jan 5, 2005 #178 of 465
    lrck

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    I just bought a SA Tivo box and Linksys WUSB54G wireless adapter before reading this forum. My impression from the posts here is that the adapter will not work and I should return it for a 802.11b adapter. However, over on the Tivo customer support pages, I just found the following Q&A:

    Why Is My 802.11g Adapter Not Any Faster than 802.11b Adapters?

    We are aware it may take longer to transfer shows using an 802.11g adapter than if you used an 802.11b adapter. We are working to increase the throughput of 802.11g wireless adapters with TiVo. We added 802.11g support into the current software release because of the decreasing availability of 802.11b wireless adapters. In order to get the fastest transfer speed, we recommend the use of 802.11b adapters when possible since they are more stable and will generally allow for faster transfers.

    (search reference number 14-36-01)

    This appears to imply that I should be able to use my adapter after all. I haven't opened the box yet, as I don't want to pay a restocking fee. Can anyone comment on this? I'd appreciate any help - thanks.
     
  19. Jan 5, 2005 #179 of 465
    rkcarter

    rkcarter Rick- Vorlon wannabe

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    You know, the only thing keeping me from upgrading my whole house to 802.11g is my TiVo.... I cannot *wait* til they do 802.11g in a supported way!
     
  20. Jan 6, 2005 #180 of 465
    mamiller

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    I am new to the whole Tivo thing and am experiencing similar issues with wireless connection. I am currious about how you download the latest software?
     

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