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Tivo Mini can't stream music from Tivo Desktop

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by hytekjosh, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    Before I purchased the Roamio Plus and Minis to replace my rented Premieres and Quads, I checked on the ability to stream MP3s on the Minis. Two web pages (below) and a phone call to their technical support confirmed the feature would work.

    http://www.tivo.com/my-account/how-to/how-stream-music-your-pc
    http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2474

    It works without issue on my Roamio but will not work on the Minis. Tivo Desktop software only lists the Roamio. So either the Mini is not seeing the Tivo Desktop or the Tivo Desktop is not seeing the Mini. I spent hours with their technical support and now they are telling me this is not a feature of the Minis and they will be removing it from their web pages.

    Has anyone been able to get streaming working on their Minis? Thanks!
     
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I just tried it here. I added a couple of folders with MP3 songs on my TiVo Desktop PC. TiVo Desktop picked them up right away. And they showed up on the page on my Mini right away too. And I'm playing them back on this Mini.

    In the Music and Photo section, at the top is a link to the music on my TiVo Desktop PC.
     
  3. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    Is your Mini using MOCA or Ethernet? Mine is using MOCA and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it.
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I'm on Ethernet but I don't see why MoCA should make a difference. When I tested MoCA on my Minis, the experience with everything else was identical to using Ethernet. Although I don't recall specifically testing MP3 playback.
     
  5. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

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    How are you getting your MOCA? There are Verizon FIOS routers that have problems forwarding some packets (are on Google's Chromecast "bad router" list).
     
  6. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    I'm using the Roamio to create the MOCA network. I have no problem streaming/controlling youtube from my phone via WiFi to the Mini but I don't know if that communicates in a different way. My PC is on the hardwired network so the Roamio would be responsible for the bridge.
     
  7. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

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    TiVo Desktop has two different ways of publishing its location: Bonjour (mDNS) or TiVo Beacon. Bonjour packets are the ones that often get blocked or not forwarded across network segments by faulty routers/switches. Have you tried both ways?

    Within TiVo Desktop, check Server/TiVo Server Properties/Network. TiVo Beacon is the brute force method (the PC sends out broadcast packets announcing the presence of TiVo Desktop), and should always work if your network is setup reasonably (both the PC and the Mini have to be on the same LAN).

    I just downloaded TiVo Desktop, installed it, and set it to use TiVo Beacon. My Mini was able to pick it up right away once I changed to Beacon (Bonjour didn't work immediately for the Mini, though it did for the Roamio and Premiere Elite - I didn't bother trying to see what the Bonjour problem was; just changed to Beacon).
     
  8. DigitalDawn

    DigitalDawn Member

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    Thanks for that tip!

    I was only able to see photos on the mini before switching to Beacon. Now I can stream music as well.
     
  9. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    I don't know why I didn't try that. Its now working. Thanks!!
     

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