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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. tivobernd

    tivobernd New Member

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    Cortlandt...
    Try to get the list of dialin numbers a couple of times... that calls goes out to a 800 number and sometimes doesn't work for me either... So set the areacode to 718, let it try a couple of times and then pick any number of the list and give it a shot...
     
  2. Kash76

    Kash76 Live TV?

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    I can't get past "dialing" with any combo of codes on either my RCA 40GB or my Sat-T60 :(

    Does this mean that my line is really bad?

    I find it interesting that people with Moto adapters have better luck than those of us with Linksys.
     
  3. steveken

    steveken New Member

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    Don't think that people with motorola's are better off. I have one and I could NOT get the damn thing to work. I just went out to Radio Shack and made myself a cable like OLdDog and super dave put up on the boards and it worked!!!!!!!! I am soooooo happy!!!!! It had been forever since I had a good dial and it WORKED!!!! Stop screwin around with the damn dialing over the VoIP connection and go get yourself this Serial to PPP thing working!! Its soooooo easy to do!
     
  4. Provb3110

    Provb3110 New Member

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    At first I was getting the other error message. Then, when I tried using the 718 area code, I would get Line Busy. No one was on the phone. The only extension is in my room for the time being. Then, I plugged up the telephone and the line, was indeed occupied. I am not sure why that happened. I got it to hang up and tried again 4 more times and the same thing happened.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  5. Kash76

    Kash76 Live TV?

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    I was getting the same results. Still not working for me even after they set my packet stuff to .1. The first time after that I got to negotiating and it quit. Haven't gotten back to that point :(
     
  6. tivobernd

    tivobernd New Member

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    Cortlandt...
    All your results make me wonder if the Cisco ATA-186 is somehow 'better' in dealing with the TiVo modems... I guess I should start taking really good care of that thing so it doesn't die and get replaced by Vonage with more 'modern' technology...
    The only other advise I have is going the serial/external modem route... If you have an old external modem (I would recomment 9600 baud or slower) laying around and are able to solder a cable it should only cost a few bucks....
    I did that as well - but haven't needed it in over a year - back then I had trouble dialing out on vonage...
     
  7. Kash76

    Kash76 Live TV?

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    I have ordered one of the kits off of eBay. We'll see. I get some benefit from Vonage but I don't like all of this messing around to make it work.
     
  8. rgfcpq

    rgfcpq New Member

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    I just tried this approach but changed it to ,#019 and got it to work flawlessly over vonage as wired throughout my home (I also did the *99 thing on the call waiting disable number and have a dsl filter connected to my dtivo). The only odd thing is that on the test call it came back and added a message to messages list saying that there are new phone numbers and that I should reset it shortly as the number I have is about to be changed/disconnected. It didn't say which number -- the old one I had or the new 877 number. I wonder if they are disconnecting it -- which would frankly be a DISASTER -- as this is the only way I have gotten to work.

    Thanks for the advice -- let's hope it stays active!
     
  9. steveken

    steveken New Member

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    Ok, maybe someone can explain this to me. Why do you folks keep trying to get the DirecTiVo to dial out over vonage or packet8 or whatever when you can do it via the serial port on the back of your computer and the serial port on the TiVo itself? With all of the aggrivations you people are going through, it does not make a lick of sense to keep doing it through dialing. The cable you can make or buy will work flawlessly with the instructions that are available on this very forum as well as take the time to do any connections or downloading down to mere seconds.

    Please explain to me why you are making this far harder than it has to be???!!!! It just does NOT make sense.
     
  10. clydesam28

    clydesam28 New Member

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    great, i have a philips tivo series 1 and has looked on different forums trying to get my tivo to connect using voip service lingo.Nothing worked until I tried the,#019. I even called the tivo customer support and they told me no way too work with tivo 1 series. I also have a replaytv and got it too work with lingo by slowing down the modem. Replaytv has an easier way too slow it down. Thanks again.
     
  11. jabroni

    jabroni New Member

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    Sure. I will make three serial cables, buy three computers, buy three more wireless adapters and then I am all set.

    Your so called "easy solution" will never make it past the aesthetics committe.

    Not everyone wants to have computers and cables laying all around their TV's, Tivo's and cables....
     
  12. scottt

    scottt Macintosh Guru

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    Success! I had been trying for a while to get my HDVR2 to dial in (T60 works fine with the slowdown code) but no luck.

    Finally gave up and took the unit to my parents to use their land line. I heard people had luck with 212 numbers (since Vonage is out of NJ I think). So I grabbed a Manhattan #. Took it back home, and with the reverse DSL filter (left over from a failed dial in attempt) it is working!!!!!

    Yeah! finally no more @$@#$!@#$ nag screen and the wife can order PPV (yep, it's making the DTV call in as well).
     
  13. unixadm

    unixadm Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree that it might not work for everyone, but you don't need 3 computers. You need 1 computer with 3 serial connections. Most PC's have 2 built in Serial connections and you can use a USB-Serial adapter for the 3rd (or an add on serial port card).

    I have all my equipment in a basement closet and use video distribution to give all TV's access to all TiVos sp adding a PC down there worked perfeclty for m.

    I took an old 550Mhz computer, threw an old 20GB drive into it and added a $15 wireless card (on sale from Fry's....I could have also just ran an ethernet cable down to it, but for the cheap price, it was worth it). I put on Windows XP on it and set it to accept PPP over Serial. I put the PC in the basement closet with No monitor and it works perfectly. I had two cables I was able to put together and purchased the 3rd from 9th Tee.

    I have wireless keyboard and mouse connected and will be throwing in an old video card that has S-Video output. At that point, I will be able to connect to my TV and access the Internet, my MP3's etc via wireless keyboard.

    Total cost for me was about $35 and no more nag screens, fast access to software downloads, etc....and hopefully a Home Theater PC in the future.
     
  14. Bombavern

    Bombavern New Member

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    I empathize with those of you still struggling, I spent 3 hours tonight and 2 other nights over the last month trying to get a test call out. In reading all 23 pages of this thread and trying at least 25 different configurations, I believe I found one that works for me. If I have learned anything from these threads, its that there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Each box has its own issues.

    I live in Indy, so I figured the 317 area codes would work. It wasnt until I went toll free (877) after reading a post about rural numbers that I was able to successfully get outbound. Dont ask me why, but I could make calls to the number directory but never the test line or the daily call. After I set the number to the 877 number, I changed to the fax line preset of *99 and was able to make a successful test call and update!

    From reading these posts, it seems that many people have gotten a live connection only to have their hopes dashed months later. I hope that does not happen but will not be surprised. If you are still having issues trying the 877 number with *99 as a test, even if you live in a city.

    Thanks for all the posts, it gave me takes I would have never speculated on my own.
     
  15. Feb 1, 2005 #435 of 634
    yamato72

    yamato72 New Member

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    I've got 2 HDVR2s, one hacked & still running 3.1.1c, the other unhacked and running 3.1.1e. The latter will connect about 30% of the time over Vonage using:

    877 area code
    ,#034
    *99

    The hacked box absolutely will not make a successful test call with those same settings BUT claimed to have made a succesful daily call on its own this afternoon with no intervention from me, all default settings (local number and no prefixes). My tests were with Vonage at 50k instead of 90 and I have never bothered calling them to adjust my packet size.

    My beloved Tivo's need for a landline was the only reason I put off going to Vonage. I'm so happy with Vonage, though, that I can live with a nag screen. Based on my lengthy (not) testing, the daily call will work but there are so many variables that have to be juuuuust right to make that happen....
     
  16. Feb 1, 2005 #436 of 634
    strange_69

    strange_69 New Member

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    unixadm,
    I tried to do the Serial PPP hook-up with my computer but I ran into problems when I click "Accept Incoming Connections" while setting up a new connection. It has to deal with "Routing and Remote Access" not running and I cannot turn it on. My question is, how can I go from my DirecTivo Serial connection to a USB connection on my computer? I know that I can set up the hardware but how would I configure the system to work? Thank you, Steve
     
  17. Feb 1, 2005 #437 of 634
    newbee_kp

    newbee_kp New Member

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    First of all -- I already try this #019 as prefix from this great post (since I am new will not allow to post URL) but you will know what I am talking about.

    didn't try the modem option yet, Just want to mkae sure someone out there used VoIP over wireless high speed connection to make daily call.

    My Tivo is Philips model DSR704...

    Thanks
    KP
     
  18. Feb 3, 2005 #438 of 634
    HC1Gunner

    HC1Gunner New Member

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    Well I'm not sure I follow you on using the serial cable, but my PC is located 60' away from where my living room is, and vonage is hooked to al the phone jacks in my house. Just so happens there is a phone jack right behind my entertainment center. Where could I get a 60' serial cable, or could I jsut Cat5 and splice in to the serial connector at both ends. How does it make a call out via the serial cable, I haven't used a serial cable in years, but I'm sure I have one laying around some where. Does it the serial signal go through your mobo and the your NIC and to the router or vonage phone adapter?
    I can solve this whole stinking problem, piggy back TiVo signals for updating by using DTV's uplink to their satellite, and there be no stinking reason to have TiVo make a call in. It wpuld all be downloaded via DTV satellite. In the beginning DTV used land line for the same reason, now according to DTV they no longer use a land line, it all comes from their satellite.
     
  19. danguilm

    danguilm New Member

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    Could one of you kindly spell out exactly what I need to do to get this darn DTivo to work wiith Vonage? I have no idea how to change the vonage bandwidth - what menu is that in? Also - it seems like some of you have had success with a few other solutions like PPP as well as changing the dialing options (someone said add a "1" to the number - is that ilike ,#1401 or ,#1019, or is it like 1,#019) but I just want the easiest solution to get the darn thing to work. I talked to Level 2 Directv tech support last night and they said that within 60 days that the RGB ports on the back of the tivo will be activated and can be used to call in instead of using a standard phone line. Is this similar to what you guys have done with the adapters and USB port solutions? Lastly, one of you said that all you need is a 28.8 modem - how about the 56k one that is in mt machine - how do I, step by step, make that work to allow the tivo's in other rooms to make calls? You can tell I am confused by all of the proposed soluitions here - please help!!!
     
  20. scottt

    scottt Macintosh Guru

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    Wow, can't wait for MY RGB ports to be activated. Now, a few things:

    Where the heck is the RGB port on my TiVo?

    How does a monitor connector (if I can find it on my TiVo) send data to the internet?
     

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