My condo recently installed a Wi-Fi network that is available free to all residents. I decided to save my self mt monthly$50 donation to Time Warner Cable and try to get my TiVos connected.
TiVo Help was pretty helpful insomuch as they told me to call the IP provider of the folks who installed the network and give them the MAC addresses of my units and adapters. Surprisingly, everything went very smooth and I am now connected. Here are my questions:
My Series 2 with an older G adapter showed the same MAC address for both the adapter and the box. My Premiere showed a different address for the box and for the newer N adapter. The IP people didn't seem to care about the N wireless adapter but "saw" the TiVo MAC address trying to access the network. Why 2 different address for the Premiere?
Also, the IP folks told me that I would not have to use a password and that they would not set an "expiration date" allowing my TiVos to remain connected to the network. (Their first question was what hotel are you staying at? They were finally were able to find my condo association's name.)
When I tested the connection on speedtest.net, the download speed was 1.44 Mbps with an upload speed of 1.34 Mbps. The IP people said that I would probably not be able to stream Netflix. Anything I can do to increase my connection speed, or am I stuck with what I have? How much bandwidth will I use (or need)? Obviously my Series 2 connects only once per day, but the Premiere..excuse me Series 4, is constantly connected when using HD menus. Both appear to be running fine for now. I was wondering how my Series 4 will be affected when more people access a network that is so slow.