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Tivo Slide Remote USB replacement receiver

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by asooley, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. asooley

    asooley New Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    HELP ... I've lost my Tivo Slide remote USB receiver ... does anybody know where I can get a replacement once that will allow me to use the keyboard again ?
  2. rsnaider

    rsnaider Active Member

    Apr 25, 2002
    Long Island, NY
    Have you tried to call TiVo? I just did a quick search on ebay and found nothing so your only option might be a new remote or potentially get lucky if they can sell you only the receiver.
  3. asooley

    asooley New Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    Yes, I called Tivo and unfortunately they dont just sell the receiver separate .. hoping to find someone that has a dead Slide remote and happens to have a receiver sitting around ... I know a long shot but you never know.
  4. DocNo

    DocNo Member

    Oct 10, 2001
    Bristow, VA
  5. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    I'm not certain by any means but I'd bet a beer that ANY usb bluetooth dongle works. Since they can be had on amazon and ebay and hte like for $1.99 - I'd try one of those first. Or if you are less sure then buy locally (staples, bestbuy, maybe the rat shack...) where you can return if it doesn't work. If I can recall the instructions with the remote (likely available online) explain how to re-pair the remote to the dongle.

    A generic usb bluetooth dongle might need you to hooked to your pc/laptop to run it's pairing routine- so might need to pair to the new dongle when hooked to your pc and then remove the dongle and place it in the tivo.

    edit: here's the pairing instructions - would need to modify to include generic usb dongle:
    notice these relevant bits
    so they acknowledge that they probably pair with other devices but wont support it.

    Also- since the instructions dont mention needing to enter a PIN- I believe that means it uses "Secure Simple Pairing (SSP)- Just Works" which is in only the later versions of bluetooth (2.1+?)- so make sure the dongle you get is a newer version. Might be best to find a 3.0 to be sure you get the latest features. (I think a dongle that supports this probably just would need to be plugged into the tivo and press it's pairing button while you enter the pairing mode on the remote per the instructions above from tivo's website)
  6. vivshank

    vivshank New Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    MichaelK -- do you think I'll be able to use the keypad on my sony googletv remote? that uses bluetooth too. but the tivo slide scancodes and sony ones are probably different, right?

  7. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Receivers it doesn't matter - they're just bluetooth adapters. They take the bluetooth packets coming from the air and sending it over USB - it's up to the host to decode what the packets mean.

    The remotes are probably bluetooth HID because it's simplest to implement.
  8. vivshank

    vivshank New Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    Thanks, that helps. Though I realized even if I can pair the sony remote with two devices (sony & tivo) at the same time, there's no way I was able to figure out how to swap the remote between the two boxes.
  9. hoopsbwc34

    hoopsbwc34 Unpaid Tivo Salesman

    Jan 28, 2003
    Did a regular bluetooth receiver work? If so which did you get? I'm in the same boat...I have a remote with no receiver.
  10. jschriesheim

    jschriesheim New Member

    Dec 20, 2001
    Similar situation. Bought a Belkin F8T017 dongle and was optimistic when the lights flashed between the remote and the Belkin adapter, after pressing the described buttons on each. Unfortunately, only the IR part of the Slide Remote seems to work.
  11. jasphoto

    jasphoto New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
    Nutley, NJ
    I picked up a used TiVo with a slide remote but Not adapter. Did anyone find an answer?

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