View Full Version : VPNing TiVo's
02-12-2009, 03:58 PM
Is it possible to make a VPN to get lets say my brothers TiVo in my home network thru VPN and thereby making it possible to do MRV over the net? Town to town?
02-12-2009, 04:09 PM
The Tivos must all be on the same account, so no, that would not work. If they were on the same account, then I guess in theory a VPN would make it work.
02-12-2009, 04:14 PM
No, the TiVo's use a network broadcast to discover other TiVo's which typically wouldn't go across a VPN.
Cisco addresses this in Routers with a concept called a 'helper address', but I don't think many VPN routers would handle this.
But, that asside, even if you got past that, and put both TiVo's on the same account, MRV is bad enough on a 100 Mbit wired lan, I don't think it would be as useful as you might think. I can imagine it taking 6-8 hours to transfer a half hour show. Remember, it's only going to go as fast as your UPLOAD speed, which is typically VERY slow!
02-12-2009, 05:47 PM
Thanks, good point also on the up speed, something I didn't even consider.
02-12-2009, 06:01 PM
Yes, you can, but you essentially need to get both networks into the same broadcast domain. A standard routed VPN will not work. Nor will any translation scheme (such as mapping all the addresses on the remote subnet into a range on your local subnet) to my knowledge. But it can be done with a bridging vpn, if both networks are in the same subnet, and on the same account.
But performance wise, it's nearly pointless. I moved a half hour SD show in about 10 hours. May have to find a couple of people with 20/20 FIOS and try again some day....
02-12-2009, 06:03 PM
Thanks guys for very informative information.
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