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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. Dec 14, 2003 #61 of 634
    philipsona

    philipsona New Member

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    I recently was looking on the message boards for a way to configure Tivo w/vonage and was told that you should use the "#019" configuration. I attempted to do this and it failed. I then went in and changed the dialing prefix to include 1 and the test call was successfully completed. This celebration might be premature as it has not completed it's daily call in, but it looks promising. I love Vonage it's features and the fact that it is a company that breaks away from the other CLECS and ILECS and makes the big boys of Bell South and MCI nervous. I will keep Vonage till the end.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2003 #62 of 634
    directivoetherne

    directivoetherne New Member

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    Does anyone know of a vendor that sells a complete solution for VOIP users for this? i.e. plug and play.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2003 #63 of 634
    aristoBrat

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    That's a good point. Wonder if someone and 9thtee or weaknees knows there's a market for this? :D
     
  4. Dec 21, 2003 #64 of 634
    cburns14

    cburns14 New Member

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    I tried the dialing codes on my new Phillips DSR7000 unit, but I can't complete a call via my vonage account. So I like the idea someone else had about just taking the box to a friends place, and setting it up there. However, what happens once you lose power? Do you have to go through this setup all over again? If someone could answer that for me, it could save me a headache in advance if it won't work.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2003 #65 of 634
    aristoBrat

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    The initial setup (that requires a telephone) is done once when you setup your box. So long as you don't choose "Clear and Delete Everything" (or whatever it's called), you won't have to dial in again. :)
     
  6. Jan 2, 2004 #66 of 634
    Francesco

    Francesco Summum Pontificem

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    OK, question:

    I want to continue using CahceCard (or Turbonet or Airnet) for the TiVo calls on my DSR6000s, but also want to order PPVs. What prefix string should I try? I have had no success getting the DirecTV calls to work using *99,#034,#401 though the broadband part works. I know it's routing the DirecTV calls because they show up on my Vonage account... about 200 a month... Should I just drop the ATA's "fax" prefix and do ,#019,#401?
     
  7. Jan 3, 2004 #67 of 634
    Francesco

    Francesco Summum Pontificem

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    OK, nobobody knows, huh?

    I moved one of my unhacked DTiVos over from my POTS line and it seems to work on the DirecTV call without a slowdown prefix.

    But my Turbonet (now CacheCard) DTiVo does not get through to DirecTV, though it does route the calls to the Vonage line.

    How do I set the prefix, then? ",#034,#401" or the other way around?
     
  8. Jan 3, 2004 #68 of 634
    bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    The DirecTV side of the call works over Vonage with my old T-60 as well as my HDVR2. Only the T-60 can call Tivo though. I have the slow down code on the T-60 but not on the HDVR2 (obviously cause it doesn't work).

    This past month I noticed TONS of calls from all three receivers to the DirecTV 800 and 888 numbers. Obviously none of them were connecting and kept trying. Then I remember I lowered by Vonage bandwidth to 30K. I upped it back to 90K and all three made a successful call to DirecTV overnight.

    So the moral is to at least check your Vonage bandwidth setting and set it to 90k for a couple days and see if that helps. With your broadband Tivo I don't think you need the slowdown code at all since it only effects the Tivo call anyway.

    Some things to check anyway.
     
  9. Jan 3, 2004 #69 of 634
    k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

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    I'm gonna try something -- I've ordered the parts: a serial to ethernet box that will appear to my XP as a local serial port that can run PPP, and then extended to where the HDVR2 is by a pair of HomePlug ethernet-over-powerline boxes. If it works I'll get a 115K connection. My wife is sucessfully using HomePlug to connect to my Cable Modem + Router, so I'm hoping for success -- will report back in a week or so.
     
  10. Jan 8, 2004 #70 of 634
    Rojindo

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    HELP! I have DirecWay and Net2Phone. I do not have LAN. Can I connect either Directv-TIVO or stand-alone TIVO to my satellite-only system??
     
  11. Jan 8, 2004 #71 of 634
    k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

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    Success! I'm using a Moxa DE-211 Serial-to-Ethernet box, a Radio Shack 26-209 9-25-pin Adapter, and a Tivo Serial Cable. Also used, but not necessary if you have Ethernet near the HDVR2 are a pair of GigaFast PE902 HomePlug adapters, to extend my network over the powerline. If you use these do NOT plug them into a UPS or surge protector -- they need to put a radio signal on the powerline WITHOUT it getting filtered off.

    The Moxa (sold by neteon.net) is set with all switches off, and I used a fixed IP of 192.168.1.220 mask 255.255.255.0. No Gateway entry is needed, since that address only talks to your XP computer, extending a serial port. The Moxa software was set to put the box on COM4, unused on that XP machine.

    The Serial-via-PPP-on-XP was set-up per www.b-lan.com/otto/tivo3xp, using a fixed IP of 192.168.1.218 thru 219 (I have a Linksys router and use the 192.168.1.xxx block for everything).

    Setting the HDRV2 for a Dial Prefix of ,#211 resulted in successful Test and Daily calls (after I remembered to turn the Guest account ON -- it was set to OFF previously).

    Expensive, but independent of Vonage (or any phone line), and fast.
     
  12. Jan 8, 2004 #72 of 634
    Rojindo

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    Thanks for the reply. I'll have to get my nephew to translate it a bit.

    So, you're saying there is a way for me to install and continue to use DirecTV/TiVo without a hardline phone, just a VoIP-satellite phone/Net system. Thanks.
     
  13. Jan 8, 2004 #73 of 634
    k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

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    If you are referring to my message, above, it appears you can (except for PPV) operate an HDVR2 (or similar) with ONLY a broadband connection (of any type). But I'll be more confident of that statement after I see a software update download on PPP.

    Does anyone have experience with the last software update over PPP?
     
  14. Jan 10, 2004 #74 of 634
    RightHere

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    Not neteon.com, neteon.net. Moxa DE-211 price is $149.

    VERY interesting idea! Compared to Vonage's basic plan, this pays for itself after about 6 months after you include the startup costs. No resale market for this though (in case DTV happens to come to their senses and enable the USB ports for network devices). They also have 2 port devices if you have multiple Tivos in the same location.

    I'm wondering about enabling the guest acct though. Isn't this dangerous?
     
  15. Jan 10, 2004 #75 of 634
    k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

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    No, there's a check box that only allows locally attached hardware to use the guest account with no password -- from outside you would have the same password control as any other user name.
     
  16. Jan 10, 2004 #76 of 634
    RightHere

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    Maybe this is a dumb question, but then you also need to remember to set up a pwd on that guest acct after you enable it, right? Otherwise it's probably blank? I didnt' see that info listed in the instructions anywhere, so that's why I'm asking.
     
  17. Jan 10, 2004 #77 of 634
    k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

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    Good point -- I'm not sure what it defaults to, but I certainly did set a unique password when I enabled it.
     
  18. Jan 10, 2004 #78 of 634
    k2ue

    k2ue Retired RF Engineer

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    I corrected the address in the post -- thanks for catching it.
     
  19. Jan 13, 2004 #79 of 634
    loki2043

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    couldnt you just get into the directivo and run somthing like minicom and change the modem speed through there and save it??? sounds to me like it would work but im a newbie so give me a break:D
     
  20. Jan 13, 2004 #80 of 634
    ADent

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    Weaknees sells a preconfigured modem and seperately a serial cable.

    Wouldn't that work?
     

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