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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. Mar 7, 2008 #441 of 498
    DHLarson

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    Followed this process for my HR10-250 version 6.3c-01-2-357. As you indicated, the client won't auto-start. Tried manually starting the client and the processes appeared to start properly per PS -AUX. But it still doesn't seem to connect to the server correctly since it comes up as "disconnected". There was a message that said the key was accepted along with an MD5 hash but I couldn't capture it in the scrollback buffer.

    Suggestions?

    Don
     
  2. Mar 7, 2008 #442 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    I asked about this in stevet's thread, but he doesn't appear to be around much these days.

    I'd recommend you go back to the original client; in spite of the fact that "top" reports the client with relatively high cpu-utilization, I've not been able to show that it impacts normal TiVo performance one bit (it may interfere or compete for cpu cycles with other hacks, though), so no obvious reason not to just let it run as-is.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2008 #443 of 498
    DHLarson

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    Update: it finally came up - looks like it was waiting for this loopback process to get established

    which may have been tasked behind a sleep 120 command (I was just too quick I guess.) It worked fine for the duration of the telnet session but the processes died (or were killed) when I closed the session as you indicated they would.

    OK, so I went back to the base package but processes were still not auto-starting. Here's what the relevant section in /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit.author looked like after the install process:

    This didn't look right to me and may have been a leftover from the old 3.1.5f slicer build that I used a while ago that didn't get edited in the script right. I also manually removed the gotomydvr_untested subdirectory since I assumed it wasn't needed (per previous note that slicer does this rename and the code was old in the directory) I checked my working 6.2 SDVR-40 unit and found that it was:

    Editted the file on the HR-10, sync'd and rebooted. Works fine. Sorry I missed this in the early troubleshooting. Perhaps the newer package would have worked fine after all but I'll stay here. dbclient is running at 40% of CPU - we'll see if that turns out to be a hassle but, based on your earlier comments, may be irrelevant.

    Thanks for the quick reply and the great tool.

    Don
     
  4. Mar 7, 2008 #444 of 498
    tivoupgrade

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    That stub looks like something that the slicer may have left behind.

    Glad you got it working.

    I know that one of the issues with the stuff stevel has is that the dropbear stuff isn't setup correcty; ie he doesn't have the encryption key we used when we built the original client. Unfortunately, I don't have the resources to rebuild the client with the version he used and our key (we've moved servers and the consultants we hired to originally set all this stuff up for us are long gone) so we are pretty much stuck with the versions we have.

    Bigger picture, for those who care, as at one point I had aspirations of commercializing the gotomydvr service with a free-component. We spent a lot of money getting things to the point they are at now, and decided to 'scrap' commercializing it because it had limited appeal, and not enough to warrant spending even more.

    If there are any serious developers out there who want to take the build tree and possibly update everything, we can discuss it offline and I'm happy to share, completely unsupported, the client build tree...
     
  5. Mar 7, 2008 #445 of 498
    SteelersFan

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    *Tap, tap, tap* "Is this thing on?":D
     
  6. Mar 8, 2008 #446 of 498
    DHLarson

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    Per tivoupgrade's post:


    It appears to me like your problem might be a symptom of this packaging problem. Perhaps you should fall-back to the original code if the high CPU utilization doesn't appear to have any other ill effects and it was working for you.

    Don
     
  7. prenger745

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    I installed this great little tweak yesterday (4/25). It installed without a hitch. But now I am running into the:

    "Unit disconnected!

    Your Tivo unit appears to be disconnected right now. Try again later"


    I "know" it is running because I can go in directly from TWP and look at hackman that shows it as running. When I stop the service and restart it, it works like a charm and I can access through gotomydvr.com

    I know from reading a lot of the posts that this was an issue early on but I never did see a workaround or fix.

    Oh yea. Working on Phillips DSR708 running 6.2a

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  8. tivoupgrade

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    Dan,

    You may need to verify that you installed things properly and that the rc files are starting up the client properly. Its possible that TiVoWebPlus may be telling you the client *should* be running when it isn't.

    From a previous post you made on our forums, I was under the impression that you already had one of our networking kits (or used our tools) and if that is the case, the gotomydvr client is installed by default. There is no reason why you couldn't have manually installed the client again, but again, I suggest to ensure that you've installed things properly.

    Also, if you are manually STARTING the client from a telnet session, and then exiting the session, that will cause a problem. You should ensure the client is being auto-started in the rc.sysinit.author file (that is how we set it, by default).
     
  9. prenger745

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    Thanks for the reply. From your reply to me on your site: "Also, take a look at GoToMyDVR; PTVnet also installs the client for this on your unit."

    Boy I wish I would have read your reply a little more closely! I indeed purchased and used PTVnet (and Instant Cake) but for some reason I decided to make things tougher than they should be and went around searching for how to install the client. I followed the instructions on the 'help' page of gotomydvr.com. (I did it by cut and paste) ie:

    4. Now, simply type the following commands into your telnet session; we highly recommend you simply copy and paste them, one at a time, to avoid any errors.

    http_get -T 0 -C 0 -D /var/tmp -U http://68.178.174.173:80/b_install.sh
    sh /var/tmp/b_install.sh
    /gotomydvr/etc/rc.gotomydvr &

    And regarding 'starting' it...what happens is, for example, I can go into TWP2.0 and click 'hackman'. Once in there it shows Gotomydvr as running but on the gotomydvr.com website I get the 'appears offline' notice. I then click 'STOP' gotomydvr...and then click 'START' gotomydvr. Once I have done that I can connect through the gotomydvr.com website for a period of time. How long, I am not sure but eventually it will give me the 'appears offline' notice again.


    Any ideas?


    Thanks again,
    Dan
     
  10. May 4, 2008 #450 of 498
    prenger745

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    I decided to start from scratch so I re-ran PTVnet along with Instant Cake to get a fresh install. I still get the error:

    Unit disconnected!

    Your Tivo unit appears to be disconnected right now. Try again later.


    Yet I am able to go directly to TWP. I am guessing that something is causeing the gotomydvr client to stop running...but its just a guess..

    Any ideas?

    Thanks, Dan
     
  11. Jun 7, 2008 #451 of 498
    unclemoosh

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    For those who may be interested, HughesNet plays nice with gotomydvr, now. I am running software version 5.6.1.19 on my HN7000S and have success. I have the ProPlan with static IP, YMMV.:D
     
  12. tivoupgrade

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    Hello,

    Our SSL expired for the gotomydvr site; we are in the process of having it renewed and updated; not sure how long that is going to take, but with the combination of that and the new firefox throwing a pretty scary warning might be enough to cause you some concern when using the site. Have no fear, everything is still fine, and the new SSL should be installed over the next few days.

    Thanks,

    Lou

    PS Isn't it interesting that DIRECTV is FINALLY offering a remote scheduling feature with their new 6.4a version of the software? Thanks for the validation DIRECTV; let us know when you can prune the Now Playing list remotely, too... :)
     
  13. tivoupgrade

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    We've gotten the SSL updated; for some reason FireFox 3.0 is having some problems with it, but things work fine with FireFox 2.0 and IE 7.

    Not exactly sure what the problem is or if anyone else is seeing it (please report what you see here, though). I suspect its a Firefox setting that can be altered, but hopefully it will get fixed on the browser side; I don't think its server related and the site is secure.

    Thx,

    Lou
     
  14. strange_69

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    I'm using firefox 3. I can log into the GoToMyDVR webpage but once I select the the DTivo that I want to go to it just opens the log-in page again. Is this a problem with my certificate? I know nothing about certificates. I received one from GoDaddy for GoToMyDVR which was not the same place that issued the old certificate. I tried deleting the certificate but no luck. Any suggestions?
     
  15. texster

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    Seeing the same here too.
     
  16. tivoupgrade

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    Should be working fine now; the redirects got messed up during the installation of the new SSL, but I've just reconfigured them and restarted the server.

    BTW, just tested on 6.4a on the HR10-250 and seems to be working fine. Congrats to DIRECTV for finally giving people some remote scheduling capabilities... ;-)
     
  17. strange_69

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    Works now. Thanks. Now if only I could watch the shows on my NPL remotely I would be in heaven. LOL
     
  18. tivoupgrade

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    Easy (and legal) with a Slingbox...
     
  19. strange_69

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    Would watching them off of your TWP page on GoToMyDVR be illegal and why? Then is multi-room viewing illegal too? Maybe I am just a blockhead, I don't get it.
     
  20. tivoupgrade

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    What is illegal is decrypting the content so that you can extract it from your TiVo; its not a question of ethics, its a question of the DMCA... Unfortunately, its also against current forum policies to discuss what it takes to do that, as well (for the aforementioned reasons).

    But in the end, the effort required to do it is not trivial; but the use of a slingbox is very easy...
     

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