Originally Posted by sfurukawa
Unitron, I have not. But this seems like something way beyond my very limited tech capabilities! But thank you for the suggestion.
I also realized that the external modem would not work for calling in on a regular basis as I don't have a land line. Duh. So it appears this unit will go back into the garage.
When that S1 was new it came with a cable with a plug at one end that looks like a headphone plug (the smaller version, not the older type that looks like a guitar cable plug) and a plug at the other end that looks like a VGA or SVGA PC video monitor plug, only with fewer pins, called a 9 pin DB connector.
It was intended to allow the TiVo to control sat boxes and cable boxes that had 9 pin serial connnectors instead of or in addition to infrared remote control inputs.
I'm pretty sure that cable is wired the right way that you don't have to rewire it to connect it to a PC's serial port (the older, pre-USB kind).
I think most every version of Windows except maybe the newest ones comes with a program called HyperTerminal.
What you do is run HyperTerminal and tell it to connect to the PC's serial port and then plug the TiVo power cord in and hit Enter on the PC right afterward and it intercepts the TiVo's boot process and there's a menu available with some settings you can change and one of them is the IP address of the TiVo (ordinarily it uses DHCP, but this way you can give it a fixed IP address to eliminate the chance of a failed DHCP negotiation between the TiVo and your router when using the TurboNet card.
So it doesn't take fancy equipment, just older stuff, and it doesn't take you having to be able to write computer programs.
And once you give the TiVo a fixed IP address, you can ping it from a PC to see if the TurboNet card is working and connecting to the router okay.