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Using DirecTivo over Vonage (VoIP) - a solution

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by RedGrey, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. May 5, 2004 #241 of 634
    strange_69

    strange_69 New Member

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    Ok, here is the situation, I had a US Robotics External Modem hooked up and was able to make about half of my semi-daily calls successfully. I heard that getting a DSL Phone Filter would help but figured that I didn't need one since I was using a cable modem. Well, I was wrong. I figured "what the heck" one day while I was at Walmart and picked up a six dollar RCA DSL Phone Filter. I tried it out and things started to get better. So then I went to Radio Shack and bought a 2-line DSL Filter for $18s and tried it out. Better still. Just for S&Gs I took off the ,#319 dialing prefix and tried a test call. Jaw drop. It made it past the Dialing Phase!!! Next I plugged the filter into my DirecTiVo and made a successful test call!!! And then a successful daily call!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that this helps everyone.
     
  2. May 6, 2004 #242 of 634
    ChiTownTimmay

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    So you were able to completely bypass the external modem and make successful phone calls thru the DTIVO using the DSL filter? And I'm curious as to why the 2 line filter....is there a significant difference between the one line and 2 line filter? Thanks!
     
  3. May 6, 2004 #243 of 634
    skaeight

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    So does this mean that dtivo users no longer need an external modem? I'm very tempted to get a dtivo now. I currently have a SA, and no POTS line, just vonage.

    It would be nice to be able to record 3 shows at once.
     
  4. May 6, 2004 #244 of 634
    strange_69

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    Yes, I was able to get rid of my external modem. I don't have a good reason why I used the 2-line filter. I guess maybe because I though that it would be better but now that I think about it, that does not make sense since I do not have 2-lines. I don't think that this is a fix for everyone but, to me, it would be worth spending less than $20 to not have to use an external modem. Daily downloads are fast again. :)
     
  5. May 6, 2004 #245 of 634
    ChiTownTimmay

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    Thanks for the feedback. I guess i'm more concerned about just getting it to complete its calls before I worry about the speed. I'm anxious to get home and try this out now, thanks again. Here's hopin.
     
  6. May 6, 2004 #246 of 634
    strange_69

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    Please let me know....
     
  7. May 8, 2004 #247 of 634
    vipergts450

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    Is it possible that this DSL Filter method will work on a Hughes HDVR2? If it does, I am immediately jumping ship to Vonage.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    P.S. - I'm pretty new here, so I am unsure of how to tell what series Tivo I Have. I am assuming a series 2 because of the "2" in "HDVR2". I know i have software version 3.1.1c.
     
  8. May 8, 2004 #248 of 634
    strange_69

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    HDVR2 is what I have. I am not making any guarantees either. I was just saying that the DSL Filter worked for me. The other option is using an external modem, of course. You might wait until some other people have tried it.
     
  9. May 9, 2004 #249 of 634
    terminaldawn

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    Hi.

    This is my first post. I have been reading this forum for several days now and have searched this topic but however have not seen a clear answer any help would be appreciated.

    Is there a way to get a Series 2 DirecTivo (SD-DVR40) to connect using Vonage WITHOUT the external modem and using a straight serial connection to my pc???

    I just read a few posts also about how some people are using DSL filters, is this working for anyone else?

    Thanks for any help!!!!
     
  10. May 9, 2004 #250 of 634
    farleyruskz

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    Yep - check out this link or search the forum for "serial PPP" for details.

    http://www.tivohelp.com/archive/tivohelp.swiki.net/33.html
     
  11. StephanWolf

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    I just now got Vonage, and have spent the last couple of days trying to get my Directivo to make a successful call. Thanks Strange_69 for your info, it has been a life saver. I got my Vonage ATA (Motorola) from Best Buy, and thought why not get a DSL Filter while I'm here to save some time. They had the Linksys BA2LF Ver. 2 DSL Filter. I got it to successfully do the Test Call once, and never got it to successfully do the Daily Update or Retrieve Local Numbers. I finall gave up and went to Radio Shack. I got the one line DSL Filter (Strange_69 has the 2 line Filter). It successfully made the first Test Call, but failed the first Daily Call. I tried the Test Call again, which succeded, and the tried the Daily Call again. This time is also succeded. I have not tried the Retrieve Local Numbers.
    Here is my configuration

    Directivo model: HDVR2
    Software Version: 3.1.1c-01-2-151
    Dialing Prefix: *70,*99,1918 (918 is my area code)

    ADSL Filter: Radio Shack single line.

    Vonage ATA: Motorola
    Vonage Call Quality/Bandwidth is at highest setting.
    ATA is behind a router. I had the ports forwarded, but this was interfering with my VPN connection, so I turned them off. Vonage is still working without any port forwarding.

    Netgear 814 router.
    Cox @Home Broadband Cable service.

    Hope this helps. It is looking very promising.
     
  12. terminaldawn

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    *70 is to disable call waiting i know, what is *99 for??? Just wondering becuase i am curious if this has something to do with why it is working for you?
     
  13. StephanWolf

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    Sets the ATA in fax mode.
     
  14. skaeight

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    Do you have to pay vonage for a fax line to use this?
     
  15. CegaRazoR

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    Does anybody know what code or prefix should I set in my Dtivo RCA DVR 40, in able to work with vonage ip.

    Thank you very much.......

    CegaRazoR
     
  16. CegaRazoR

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    how does it work DTivo DSR 6000 with ( VoIp ) on Internet Satellital Conection... it is posible..?? thanks


    CegaRazoR
     
  17. tivocat99

    tivocat99 It's the beach!

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    So just to confirm... you are running phone cord from DirecTiVO to DSL filter, then from DSL filter to phone jack/Vonage?
     
  18. strange_69

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    At first I plugged the filter into my DirecTV Tivo, which worked. Then I tried plugging the filter directly into my MTA (Moto Box) which also worked.
     
  19. astribli

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    Wow, I'm gonna have to try this. What an easy solution!
     
  20. tivocat99

    tivocat99 It's the beach!

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    Thanks strange_69.... I saw your reply also under another thread where they were talking about plugging the DSL filter in backwards. Is that what you've done? Or does it work both ways for you?
     

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