Originally Posted by merchantivory
I just bought a Series 2 for the sole purpose of transferring Tivo recordings to my video iPod. (The rest of my units are DirecTivos.)
This may be a dumb question, and my apologies if it has been asked and answered before:
Can I transfer recordings directly to my laptop without creating a home network -- preferably with a straightforward USB connection? I have no need for a home network, and I would like to avoid the hassle of setting one up unless it's absolutely necessary.
Sure you can. You cannot go straight USB though, you need to get a USB to ethernet adapter. And you will need an ethernet crossover cable (instead of the normal ethernet straight-thru patch cable). These are available at places wherever the cables are sold, just look for a crossover. Or if you make your own you can find the wiring pinouts by doing a search.
You will also need to set up fixed IPs for both the TiVo and your laptop in the same subnet range so they can see each other because you most likely won't have a DHCP server to assign IPs automatically.