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tivo remote access tool - pre BETA

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by tivoupgrade, Aug 22, 2006.

I am testing the tool on the following platforms:

  1. Series1 Standalone Unit

    13.1%
  2. Series1 DirecTV Unit

    3.4%
  3. Series2 DirecTV SD Unit

    48.0%
  4. Series2 DirecTV HD Unit

    20.4%
  5. Series2 Standalone Unit

    25.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Aug 23, 2006 #21 of 498
    danny7481

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    both my tivos are working great now, i reinstalled on the samsung, may have killed it too soon or soemthing
    this is great, thanks!!! :up:
     
  2. Aug 23, 2006 #22 of 498
    tall1

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    I installed it on 3 HR10-250s. All hacked with the zipper. 2 HDTivos are wired, 1 is via wireless bridge.

    I accessed all three from work and it mirrors my experience from home. No issues so far and network performance seems normal.

    As a noob, I couldn't connect at first to install via telnet. I had to mount the drive as read/write before it would install. The install was simple after that little hiccup.

    I could not connect to the server to install on my HDVR2, it kept timing out. Mounting the drive as read/write made no difference this time. I am using an airlink wired USB adapter for this SDTivo and the HDTivos all use the FA120. I'll try some more stuff tonight to see if I can install on the HDVR2.

    I really like the interface and the easy install. Thanks.
     
  3. Aug 23, 2006 #23 of 498
    SteelersFan

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    I wonder why they stopped working. They were accessible at 6:30am pst and when I tried at 9am pst I got the disconnected message. I know nothing was done manually to stop the client as I am at work. Maybe there is something that has to do with the Zipper that caused this. (Russ, Gunny - Any thoughts?)
    When I get home I will find out what the status of the client is.
     
  4. Aug 23, 2006 #24 of 498
    cheer

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    Well I looked at a lot of laptops before I got this one. The first one I looked at was actually way too big, and the second one was too darned small, but this one was juuuuust right... :)
    No horizontal scrollbar presented. Yes, that'd be a fine alternative if that meant that the formatting of the TWP screen was the same or similar to when I use it directly. The big thing, for me, is the number of vertical lines consumed. Notice on my image linked in my above post for the "local" output. See the link for the Comedy Central roast? Just a couple of lines. Now look at the Gotomydvr screen -- lots of lines.

    Now, again, this may just be me, and even for me it's not even close to critical, so don't kill yourself over this unless you get other folks whining. :)

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    Yeah, I checked that, and they're there:
    Code:
      204 0          1080 S   /bin/bash /gotomydvr/etc/rc.gotomydvr 
      210 0           776 R   /gotomydvr/bin/dbclient -T -p 22 -i /gotomydvr/etc/id_rsa.db gotomydvr_user@68.178.174.173 -R 10202:127.0
    
    I thought about killing one or both, but I hate to risk a reboot of the box as my wife is, well, watching TV. :) So maybe I'll try that later.
    Yeah, routing is good -- I can successfully traceroute both to the IP address of your service and the website name, so DNS is also cool.

    Thanks! This service looks very cool indeed.
     
  5. Aug 23, 2006 #25 of 498
    titleistmd

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    Lou,

    I have the same problem that my tivos aren't connected. If I go in and restart the tivo client it works fine however when I close my telnet session the client must shut down. I'm sure there is a simple way around this (ie to keep the tivo client running) but I'm not sure what it is. Thanks for your work on this. It really makes remote access much easier
     
  6. Aug 23, 2006 #26 of 498
    SeanC

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    I lost connection to my S1SA tivo. I checked for the processes they were there. I just rebooted the tivo and now I can see it again.
     
  7. Aug 23, 2006 #27 of 498
    cheer

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    Rebooted the HR10-250 and now it's working just fine.
     
  8. Aug 23, 2006 #28 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    ok - that makes sense. well, we have the client autostarting in the /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit.author - so perhaps its more of a documentation issue and what we should recommend is a reboot of the unit, or at least document that closing your telnet session could kill the client.
     
  9. Aug 23, 2006 #29 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    aha... that is interesting. and i have seen the very same thing on the series1. we have one of the development people further instrumenting the client for our test systems so we can keep a closer eye on this. its very possible we may need to augment things with a "watcher" that ensures the process doesn't lose its way, or if it does, it renews itself without requiring such a drastic method to get restarted.

    if it happens again.... try a kill -9 of the pid (let me know if you don't know how to do that) and then try a manual restart; of course if you do that, take note of the previous couple of posts, too...
     
  10. Aug 23, 2006 #30 of 498
    SteelersFan

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    Well, here's an update. I just checked at 2:15 pst and all three are now connecting normally again. I am still at work so nothing manually was done to fix the problem.
     
  11. Aug 23, 2006 #31 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    ok - that is good to know. i know that the client is supposed to periodically check-in to renew its connection from time to time - i don't know what the interval is, but i do know that lost connections should be periodically regained. we are looking into this a bit more as we really do want things to be as close to 100% available as possible.
     
  12. Aug 23, 2006 #32 of 498
    SeanC

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    I just did the ps -aux and gotomydvr wasn't listed so I ran it from bash, when I checked again the gotomydvr process was listed twice and I could connect to it through the web.
     
  13. Aug 23, 2006 #33 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    Ok, did it look more like this:

    Code:
    root       169  0.0  0.0     0     0  p0 SW   19:56   0:00 bash /gotomydvr/etc/r
    root       175  0.0  4.1  1352   580  p0 R    21:44   0:01 /gotomydvr/bin/dbclie
    root       177  0.0  0.0     0     0  p0 SW   19:56   0:00 grep gotomydvr 
    
    or more like this:
    Code:
    root       169  0.0  0.0     0     0  p0 SW   19:56   0:00 bash /gotomydvr/etc/r
    root       175  8.9  4.4  1356   620  p0 S    21:44   0:04 /gotomydvr/bin/dbclie
    root       178  0.0  0.0     0     0  p0 SW   19:56   0:00 bash /gotomydvr/etc/r
    root       186 55.8  4.4  1356   620  p0 S    21:45   0:04 /gotomydvr/bin/dbclie
    
    I think I may have seen the exact same thing on my series1...
     
  14. Aug 23, 2006 #34 of 498
    SeanC

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    root 231 0.0 4.7 1616 660 p0 S 21:30 0:00 bash /gotomydvr/etc/rc.gotomydvr
    root 239 91.1 4.1 1356 576 ? R 21:30 98:01 /gotomydvr/bin/dbclient -T -p 22 -i /gotomydv
    root 241 0.0 4.4 1392 624 p0 S 21:31 0:05 /gotomydvr/bin/dbclient -T -p 22 -i /gotomydv
     
  15. Aug 23, 2006 #35 of 498
    tall1

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    I was removing channels from favorites and when I selected more than 18 to remove, I would get "unit is disconnected" message. I continued to select 10-20 channels at a time to remove and it did the job.

    Also an update on my previous failed attempt to install on my HDVR2 with the airlink adapter. I swapped out the airlink for the FA120 and it installed the client. Bummer, looks like there are problems with the airlink USB gigabit adapters. Guess I am back to seaching for another FA120.

    EDIT: I just swapped out my FA120 with the airlink and tried to connect to gotomydvr.com and got the "unit disconnected". Wondering if the airlink adapter can't connect to a SSL site..hmmm.

    EDIT2: I have MAC filtering on, entered the MAC address in the router and it works. Geez, I always forget this simple thing when adding network gear.
     
  16. Aug 23, 2006 #36 of 498
    dishdudes

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    tivoupgrade This is a sweet idea.. I just installed it on my daughters Tivo in 2 min..

    Are you planning on charging for this once the bugs are worked out?
     
  17. Aug 23, 2006 #37 of 498
    SteelersFan

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    One more update. I am home now and I have lost connection again. I ran ps -aux and here is what I get:


    391 root 912 S /bin/bash /gotomydvr/etc/rc.gotomydvr
    2645 root 2952 S tcphonehome
    7526 root 812 R /gotomydvr/bin/dbclient -T -p 22 -i /gotomydvr/etc/id
    7676 root Z [out2osd]
    7794 root 1196 S /bin/bash -login
    7798 root 736 R ps -aux
     
  18. Aug 23, 2006 #38 of 498
    rbautch

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    I've got two DSR7000's and an HR10-250 up and running. What's up with the 3 tivo limit? That's discriminatory against households with 5 or more tivos, like me. :) Are you injecting any new TWP modules by chance?

    edit: I'm getting disconnects, but they're quickly remedied by restarting the client.
     
  19. Aug 23, 2006 #39 of 498
    cheer

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    Update again: my HR10-250 looks fine but now my SD-DVR80 is off the air. Checked the running processes and both entries are there. I'll let it sit and see if it reconnects.
     
  20. Aug 24, 2006 #40 of 498
    kewashi

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    Cool... I'm registered and am now installing the client. Just curious -- is it accurate to assume this works without port redirection because the client beacons from the inside out to your server?
     

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