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Where to find a replacement for Tivo Side's Bluetooth dongle.

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by pvr-guy, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. pvr-guy

    pvr-guy New Member

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    I have a Tivo Slide but no TIVO Bluetooth dongle.
    Is there a replacement part or a compatible Bluetooth dongle out there.
    I tried the one that came with my Mini BT keyboard....no joy.

    FYI I can connect the Silde to my laptop using the Mini BT keyboard's bluetooth dongle.
     
  2. pvr-guy

    pvr-guy New Member

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    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
     
  3. willieb0359

    willieb0359 New Member

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    I need one also I have tried several I have laying around but no luck
     
  4. spaldingclan

    spaldingclan Member

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    I'm guessing they don't work because you need to pair the devices together. I'd think you might be able to do that on a PC
     
  5. jfiberoptic

    jfiberoptic New Member

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    1. Make sure the USB receiver is plugged into the USB port on the back of the TiVo DVR.

    NOTE: To use the optional USB extension cable, plug the male end of the cable into a USB port on the DVR, plug the USB receiver into the female end, then place the USB receiver near the front of the DVR.

    2. On the TiVo Slide remote, press and hold the TiVo button and the blue "B" button simultaneously. When the activity indicator light blinks blue, release the buttons.
    3. On the USB receiver, press and hold the button until the LED starts blinking.
    4. After a few seconds, the remote's activity light will blink rapidly 5 times and then go off if pairing is successful. If pairing is unsuccessful, repeat steps 2 and 3.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2013 #6 of 23
    ckelly33

    ckelly33 Member

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    Are these instructions for the factory USB dongle, because the OP lost his original. He (and I) are looking for a solution to pair the TiVo remote with a generic Bluetooth USB receiver.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2014 #7 of 23
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    I have a USB Bluetooth dongle being shipped from China that might work, as I too have been trying to find a replacement too.

    After searching the entire Web I finally found one that has the push button pairing button on it. I should get it it soon and I will post the results. It was very difficult to find one that had the push button on the dongle which is the key which is how it's paired, as long as it supports keyboard hid, it should work.

    This it: http://www.buyincoins.com/item/13614.html

    I didn't buy it from the above site but found another seller on eBay that offered it for $11 shipped.

    Edit.... I'm concerned now, the seller changed the pictures to a different dongle, when bought it from the seller I found on eBay, it had the pic of the dongle shown in the link above. Now it's changed and has the same model but different looking dongle, this might not be good!
     
  8. Wil

    Wil Senile Member

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    Anyone ever find a USB receiver that worked with the Slide?
     
  9. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    I was working on this as I have a couple slide remotes that I repaired that didn't come with them but I got distracted and haven't followed up on it.

    I found a Bluetooth adapter that should work but the seller in China substituted a different model when they sent me it. I found other sellers but I'm hesitant to buy overseas (they are all from china) without eBay or PayPal buyer protection.

    The key is to find a USB adapter that has a push button sync button, this type of sync is a older BT spec that very few manufacturers implemented so as a result, they are hard to find. I have a audio Bluetooth USB adapter (Jawbone "The Nerd") that I have been meaning to try but the issue is it's a special audio adapter and if it works, it's too expensive to be a viable option, while it's a Bluetooth adapter, it's also uses special drivers to redirect PC audio to a jawbone headset. I just happened to have it for its intended purpose so I contacted Jawbone about it and they said it might work as it complies with basic BT 2.1 standards but that was the limit of their thoughts on the subject.

    Other issue is that a replacement adapter has to be cheap since the new slide pro is $49.95! I called TiVo, they didn't have any for sale so they aren't an option, now what I have is an eBay search saved on my Android eBay app that will notify me when a saved search item is newly listed, I already caught one auction for just the dongle, they do show up every few months so there is hope.
     
  10. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    I have two broken slide remotes with dongles, I'd probably sell at least one of them. One has a broken ribbon cable that I tried to repair unsuccessfully.

    The other one I haven't taken apart yet - it's definitely not broken in the same way, the blue light comes on when you press the keypad keys but they have no effect on the tivo (although the keyboard works, so I know it's not just a pairing issue).

    So, I'll probably at least want to take the second one apart to see if I can fix it, but I've given up trying to find the proper ribbon cable for the first one. Still pisses me off that a $50 remote is useless due to a $1 part and Tivo won't fix it.
     
  11. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    Just ask Tivo. I lost my dongle in a move and they shipped me one completely free. :up:
     
  12. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    I will try that again, I did call Tivo a couple months ago and asked, they first tried to give me the new RF dongle and I explained I needed the older one which they told me those were not available.
     
  13. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    I don't know which version they gave me but it is different than what came with the remote. After I paired it worked perfectly.
     
  14. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Now you are talking about the old standard slide remote not the new one?
     
  15. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    The one with the keyboard. I got it a few years go.
     
  16. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Can you grab the any numbers off it or grab a pic or two of it and attach it here?

    I'm curious!
     
  17. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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  18. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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  19. hytekjosh

    hytekjosh Member

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    FYI I'm actually using it with my Roamio Plus remote on a Mini and not the Slide w/ keyboard which I think uses bluetooth.
     
  20. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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