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software update over phone line vs ethernet

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ejonesss, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. ejonesss

    ejonesss New Member

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    i was wondering does the tivo boxe's software updater recognize the connection is via a phone line or ethernet connection?

    i wonder if i could avoid software updates by using the phone line.

    my theory is if the update is several hundred meg or even gig no one wants to download for example a dvd movie or an uncompressed audio cd over a phone line on p2p so isnt that thinking apply here and updates are ignored if you are on phone lines and instead only download the guide info because it would be only a couple megs at the most?
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    No, they cannot be avoided. Not even on phone lines, which can take a couple hours, also guide data will not be downloaded when you have an update pending.

    With the newer Roamio, there is no modem, only network, so updates only takes about 10-15 minutes and does not interrupt anything else on the network.
     
  3. ejonesss

    ejonesss New Member

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    i guess the only way to block updates is to have a router with a packetsniffer and https stripper if tivo uses https for the updates and find out the url used and block it at the router.
     
  4. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    A couple questions out of curiosity. What model TiVo do you have? Why do you want to avoid a software update?

    Just curious,
    robomeister
     
  5. ejonesss

    ejonesss New Member

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    i have the series 4 746320 and after seeing what this last update did to the video overlaps once tivo gets it fixed i would like to block future updates to if someone sneaks something into the update it does not get updated.
     
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Yeah, it sucks being forced to take updates you don't want, doesn't it? Unfortunately, when you own a Tivo, that's what you're forced to live with. If you're lucky you'll get another update that fixes the problems created by the last one and if you're really lucky it won't create other problems.
     
  7. ejonesss

    ejonesss New Member

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    has anyone tried to set up a packet sniffer on tivo and find out the url of the updates and maybe block it at the router level"
     
  8. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    If you tried to block updates, you will not get guide data and eventually will not record shows. So, if you had an update which caused problems, you will not get it fixed by blocking it.
     
  9. ejonesss

    ejonesss New Member

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    will the manual recording still work?

    i could just take the tivo offline completely and then go to the channel's site to get the time and then manually enter it.
     

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