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Old 10-27-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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VPN to extend network to another house for Mini

Has anyone set up a VPN to connect their TiVo to mini's farther away, such as connecting their house to a summer home or cabin? I was reading a few other threads, but didn't see any success stories.

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Old 10-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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Unless you have 15+ Mbps upstream speeds from your ISP don't even bother entertaining that idea. Slingbox or possibly the iOS app with TiVo Stream are better possibilities.

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Old 10-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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Yeah TiVo to Mini streams are full bitrate, meaning that they require between 14-19Mbps. So unless you're on FIOS it probably wouldn't work. If you are on FIOS then it is possible. The two things you have to worry about is that the VPN had to be capable of passing Bonjure traffic and both networks have to be on the same subnet. And since both networks have to be on the same subnet you also need to be very careful that there are no IP conflicts.

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People have played with proxying bonjour, using proxy arp, and other intermediate techniques, with mixed results.

The simplest approach however is to flat out bridge the two networks (merge the broadcast domains) with a VPN - then apply a bridging filter that only permits the MAC addresses of the Tivo's across the bridge. This solves most of the headaches (restricting DHCP, conflicting router addresses, etc..), while allowing the tivos to believe they are on the same network.

Edit: The assumption here is that both locations use the same subnet, as that makes it easy. Both tivo's must 'believe' they are on the same subnet (whether it's true or not), so if they aren't, you've got some creative networking to do...

Then your big concern is bandwidth. You must have enough upstream bandwidth at one end, which on non-FIOS networks can be iffy at best. And you must have enough download bandwidth at the other end, which in a cabin in the woods can be iffy at best. And the connection must be very stable. But between two FIOS customers with 75x35 lines, it's indistinguishable from local access.

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