Originally Posted by TazExprez
I just ordered 6 Mini V2 boxes today and wonder how long it usually takes for a Mini box to be activated? I've read that it could take up to 24 hours for the boxes to be activated. Is this timeframe common, or is this a worst case scenario? Do you have to connect the box to a TV at that time, or could you just plug it into a router and configure it in the TiVo website? I have 8 TV's and it would be kind of annoying having 2 cable boxes connected to most of them. Thanks a lot for any help and have a great day!
You can, on receipt, immediately activate each Mini via TiVo.com
, using the information on the outside of each box. (edit: ... or from the info sticker on the bottom of the Mini)
Once a given Mini (or all of them) has been activated on TiVo.com, you should force a service connection to TiVo on the intended host DVR.
Then you can just find one TV location where you can prep each Mini, in turn. Once a Mini has received all its updates and its activation is recognized, that Mini can be moved to its permanent location, replacing the previous cable box.
If you find yourself waiting for activation, you can expedite activation by periodically forcing the service connection on the host DVR, allowing it to complete, and then retrying the Mini activation/guided setup.