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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by ilovedvrs, Aug 20, 2013.
Can other party USB BT dongles be used with the slide remote, say, if you lost the orig dongle?
Works fine for me. Did the entire setup using it, including the little keyboard to help recreate a gazillion WL.
This is just plain WRONG.
The Slide works just fine, as long as you are using the USB dongle with it.
There are reports in other threads (Dave Zatz) of a newer version of the Slide in the future. The current slide as has been said by the prior and many other posters works just fine.
I'll second this. I've used the slide remote with dongle with no problem on the Tivo Roamio Pro. It did require a reboot, but it has been working fine.
Also, just to add to this, the slide remote also works with the mini. Again, plug the dongle in and reboot. My wife likes it much better than the remote that comes with the mini.
Yup same here. Slide working using the bluetooth dongle on my TiVo Roamio Plus. No problems at all, it seems to coexist just fine with the included IR Remote.
I do notice that with the included RF remote, My Roamio Pro response is a hair faster to the button presses than from my BT SLide remote. But I would have never really noticed if I hadn't tested the speeds from both of them.
Yeah I've noticed a ms more lag when using the BT over the built in RF. Very slight difference but its there.
Noticed here too. As a matter of fact, I'd since removed the BT dongle and have gone strictly RF. I'd had some issues with some single button presses recognized as double presses. Couldn't get around it. It'd gotten frustrating. Maybe a reboot was in order.
old slide remote issues
I'm trying to get my old slide remote working with my romiaeo. the keyboard doesn't currently work. I've tried pairing but I can't seem to get it into RF mode by using the button press sequence of tivo & the back button hasn't worked. I've pressed the reset button on the dongle.
Does it need to be in rf mode to get the keyboard to work?
Do you have the Bluetooth Dongle connected? The slide uses Bluetooth, not RF.
yes, the BT dongle is connected. should i disconnect it?
ets disconnected the dongle for no joy
The slide remote isn't RF so the pairing process has no impact on it. I use the BT dongle to connect my slide remote to the Roamio without issue. If memory serves there is a pairing button on the BT dongle, give that a try. I'd also try replacing the batteries in the slide remote.
Just to make sure the slide remote is healthy, does it work on your old Tivo still?
i pressed the button on the dongle, is there something else to do to force the dongle/remote pairing?
the slide does seem to be working normally with my premiere. i can search using the keyboard and access most if not all of the features. i didn't test them all so there may be a wonky button or two that i haven't found.
I'm wondering if your not getting good BT signal from the remote to the dongle when its connected too your romaio. I actually ended up using a short bluetooth cable to move the dongle to the front of the Tivo to clear that up. That wasn't specific to the Romaio but the rack I had it in. Haven't had any issues besides that.
i pulled the romieo out from the entertainment center but didn't turn it around. the remote is abt 10-13 foot away from the tivo. How much did that bt cable cost you?
I can move the slide to my premiere and move that remote to the "to sell" unit.
so all is not lost, i'm just trying to sort it so i can either get it out of the house or use it.
The remote came with a 6-8" cable to help get a better signal. Some did not know it was behind the plastic shield in the box.
If you have continued problems you could have had an interior plug come loose. Mine happened all the time after a drop onto hardwood until I hot glue-gunned it to the board.
is it just a usb to usb?
i haven't dropped the romieo...i'd hate to mess with the innards until after the one year mark, all tho i'd sure like to know if the usb port is bad. I can't think of another way to test it tho.
maybe it's time to baffle tivo tech support ... lol
I put the BT dongle in my new Roamio, and my slide remote "works". But it is erratic to the point of unusability. I used to see the same behavior from time to time with my TiVo HD, but most of the time all was fine there. On the Roamio it more often fails than works.
What happens is: some button presses seem to be ignored, maybe forever, maybe not. While waiting I may retry. Then eventually I *may* see a burst of actions. Sometimes it just seems like the keypresses I entered, but delayed. Other times there are many more actions than button presses.
I *suspect* that something is going wrong in the processing of the signals received over bluetooth. Perhaps they are being queued for processing, but serviced in a low priority queue that isn't serviced if there are other background tasks. (But that doesn't explain the cases where I get more actions than button presses.) But it does possibly explain why the bad behavior is intermittent.
I guess it is also possible that it is the remote sending things intermittently. It isn't a physically stuck key. But maybe there could be something similar to what I just described, but on the sending side in the remote.
With the TiVo HD the problem happened infrequently enough that I could still use the slide as my primary remote. With the Roamio it seems to be so bad that I may have to retire it. :-(
Has anyone else seen this behavior?
One other thing: for the slide, is there an alternative to the "back" key on the Roamio remote? At first I couldn't imagine where it would be needed. But after using the Roamio for a day I've encountered a few cases where it seemed to be needed, and the only alternative I could find was the TiVo button. (I don't recall exactly what those cases were.)
Yes; its interference. Try a long usb extension cable.