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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. Mar 3, 2004 #141 of 634
    strange_69

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    Ok, I bought an external modem, made the cable, plugged it in and now it can't get past negotating (sp-1). I can get it to work about half the time on my landline but only about 1 in 100 on Vonage. Is there an init string or something that I should do to my modem? I have a US Robotics Sportster 28800 Fax Modem and also a SupraFaxModem 288 (which I am using cause it looks better). Is it also possible that some dial in numbers work better than others? If so, please post trouble free numbers so that I can try. Thanks everyone.
     
  2. Mar 4, 2004 #142 of 634
    cactus46

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    What is the model # of the TiVo? Dialing prefixes vary. Since you have Vonage, do you care about the area code? If not, I can give you my access number in Phoenix. :)

    John
     
  3. Mar 5, 2004 #143 of 634
    strange_69

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  4. Mar 7, 2004 #144 of 634
    strange_69

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    Also, it appears that I have the same modem that weak knees uses (US Robotics) if anyone could let me know the dip switch/init string setup I would be greatly appreciative. Thank you.
     
  5. Mar 7, 2004 #145 of 634
    Neutron

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    I apologise if this has been discussed before, but is there any way to get a Directivo to use the USB ports or is it hopeless? I would like to, when I get mine, connect it to my wireless LAN.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2004 #146 of 634
    cactus46

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    The switch settings on my USR 33.6 Sportster Faxmodem are 2, 4, 6 are up (off) and the rest are down (on).

    AT&D0 [this is a zero, not the letter 'O']
    AT&H0
    AT&I0
    AT&R1
    AT&W0
    AT&W1

    You can find out more about these commands in your modem manual or in the following thread:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=66115&highlight=voip.

    A couple of the above AT commands didn't take with my Sportster but were compensated by the above manual switch settings.

    In the HDVR I have a dialing prefix of ',*99,#396' [without the ' '] and the dialed number 1-602-528-4765 [includes the 1-area code-7 digit #].

    What is your bandwidth setting on the Vonage site under 'Features'?

    I hope this helps and if you have any questions, please let me know.

    John

    Edit: original post had the 'off/on' definition reversed. I had a 50-50 chance of getting it right! :) I'm sorry if this has inconvenienced anyone.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2004 #147 of 634
    cactus46

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    You may want to do a search on on your model # and LAN such as HDVR2, or DirecTiVo and network. It seems that I read where the kernel can be hacked to enable the LAN?

    John
     
  8. Mar 7, 2004 #148 of 634
    strange_69

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    Thanks cactus46, I'll try those settings when I get home from work. Do you happen to know what functions those dip switch setting correspond to? Mine is a USR 288 Sportster and I don't know if they are the same. :)
     
  9. Mar 7, 2004 #149 of 634
    cactus46

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    strange_69,

    You can verify that your switches are the same as mine on page 165 of 195 at this link: http://www.usr.com/support/s-modem/s-modem-docs/sport336.pdf

    I believe the switches provide the same respective functions on both external modems. Also on my previous post about the switches, the direction was correct up and down but 'on' and 'off' were incorrect. See the note above the switch settings in the manual referenced in the link above if you are confused. :)

    Also, note the physical switch settings overide any of the same keyboard input switch settings.

    John
     
  10. Mar 8, 2004 #150 of 634
    strange_69

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    Thanks cactus46
    Your posts were very helpful.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2004 #151 of 634
    Don_Corneo

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    The USB ports are not usable on D*TiVo units, yet. :thumbsdown:
    If you are having trouble making TiVo daily calls, review posts above and on other threads on how to get around this problem.
    D*TiVo is only on TiVo software version 3.1 (newest). To use the USB ports, you most have version 4.0 or later (Version 5.0 newest for SA units). Contact both D*TV and TiVo and let them know you want TiVo software version 4.0 (or later) made available to D*TiVo users. TiVo must make the software available to D*TV and D*TV must test it for compatibility with the D*TV access cards (D*TV says the TiVo software is tied into the access cards). The more D*TV users get on both TiVo and D*TV, the sooner we will have networking availability (This is NOT HMO).
    HMO and networking availability are two separate things. HMO uses the networking via USB, but you do not need HMO to use networking via USB. You can make your daily TiVo calls and get upgrades via the Internet without signing up for HMO.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2004 #152 of 634
    Yamboo28

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    What about for SD-DVR40? Vonage saids to use #34.
    Has anyone tried this with a Directv Series 2 Tivo?

    Thanks
     
  13. baskerj

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    Doesn't work on mine...
     
  14. baskerj

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    Doesn't work on mine...
     
  15. Sentinal

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    Great idea!
    I'm curious, how would I wire if I get a DB25 shell and go straight to the headphone (serial) jack? I'm assuming this can be done. I can't get a DB25 to RJ45 connector at my local radio snatch
    Thanks!
    ~Sentinal
     
  16. bonscott87

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    The "slow down" code only works on Series 1 units. It's disabled on Series 2 units.
     
  17. Sentinal

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    So I have run into a snag. I have created the cable although I didn't use the DB25 to RJ45 thingy. I went straight from the DB25 to the serial jack. I have a 3COM 33.6 Sportster with dips 2, 4 and 6 up. The call goes out and connects but stalls at the "Negotiation" portion. Is it safe to assume that there is a flaw in how the modem is setup? It would seem that if the modem connection gets established that the failure is in the modem setup. My Vonage bandwidth is set to maximum. I have the Cisco ATA behind a Linksys BEFW11S4 and a 3COM 3CR29220 cable modem.
    Thanks
    ~Sentinal
     
  18. cactus46

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    If you are getting the modem to dial, Sentinal, that is a good first step! Since you are getting the TiVo to talk to the modem, then it is probably the modem setup codes or the 'Dialing Prefix'. What is the model # of your TiVo? Different models require different setup strings, mostly to slow the modem down. Tell us what dial prefix you are using?

    Did you enter the 'AT&' codes with a computer?

    Give us some feedback and we can go from there.

    John

     
  19. Sentinal

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    Hey thanks for the reply.
    I have a Hughes HDVR2.
    I did not enter any AT commands manually into the modem.
    I'm using the dialing prefix ,#396,1
    I've seen other people use ,#319 but that won't connect to the external modem.
    I'm not using the RCA phone thingys - too much noise on the line and I'm running a phone cord which is maybe 4 feet long.

    ~Sentinal
     
  20. cactus46

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    Hi Sentinal,

    Mine is an HDVR2, also. My 'Set Dial Prefix' is ',*99,#396' and my 'Set Dial-in number' is '1-602-528-4765'. It works almost every time. Set your Dial-in # wherever you want if you have unlimited dialing on Vonage.

    The length of your phone cord is not an issue. Also, with a computer connected to the serial port of the modem before connecting to the TiVo, enter the following:

    AT&D0 [this is a zero, not the letter 'O']
    AT&H0
    AT&I0
    AT&R1
    AT&W0
    AT&W1

    If anything here needs clarifying, let us know.

    John
     

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