Any TiVo Mini WiFi Adapter Update?

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  1. jaselzer

    jaselzer Active Member

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    It's an unaffiliated online store dedicated to just TiVo?

    It's where I bought my adapter from and they're delivering it tomorrow. But I had never heard of WeaKness before yesterday.
     
  2. Mikeguy

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    Yep. But it's more than a typical retailer, as it also provides replacement and alternative parts, replacement guides, and "souped up" TiVo boxes with way-enhanced storage, amongst other things--sometimes, things no longer offered by TiVo itself (e.g. some remotes, such as for earlier TiVo boxes as well as the Slide Pro remote). Although it's independent from TiVo, it also has its connections and sometimes offers special deals as good as TiVo ever has (e.g. on earlier-generation Mini boxes). You should visit its website sometime.
     
  3. Mikeguy

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    You do know that we're looking forward to a full report on the adapter from you, right, as one of the first general consumer users of it? ;)
     
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  4. jaselzer

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    I will perform my obligations to the best of my abilities!
     
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  5. JoeKustra

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    Besides the logo and USB connection, is there any difference between this adapter and what is available now? I hope TiVo has a manual on a web page. That would really help.

    Wireless G, Wireless N, so I now name this the Mini VOX TE4 Wireless AC.

    Any better name?
     
  6. JoeKustra

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    My two questions: Only 5GHz? Only 802.11ac?
     
  7. tarheelblue32

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    It's not called Wireless AC any longer. The correct nomenclature would be the Mini Vox Wi-Fi 5 adapter.
     
  8. Mikeguy

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    I was saddened to see that the direct-connection facility that had been discussed earlier for the adapter seems now to be missing. That would have been a welcome feature and differentiator.
    The specs listed at the Amazon.com webpage says 5GHz is required.
     
  9. JoeKustra

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    That's what I'm curious about:
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    TiVo’s Wi-Fi 5 adapter requires an existing 5 GHz wireless network. Many wireless networking equipment supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks, so you’ll need to make sure you connect your MINI VOX to the higher speed 5 GHz network.
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    So it can see 2.4GHz but not use it? I'll buy one, but I'm waiting for a BF event. I can accept that 5, but why add a hyphen?
     
  10. Mikeguy

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    Ah, I forgot, you have an experimental Hydrated box. ;)
     
  11. JoeKustra

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    I wish TiVo would do more updates for it. I was going to use it for storage (no cable card) but that's a bust. Almost all my stuff is 108.11ac at 5GHz except a printer. But I keep my TV sets on 2.4GHz since they don't do streaming. I do little streaming since the audio usually sucks. But the Roku makes a good backup. I was hoping for a really cool adapter, but this is sounding like just an updated wireless G.
     
  12. Mikeguy

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    :(
     
  13. jaselzer

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    Ok, I installed the new adapter. It only sees 5G wifi. It works fine and is totally boring. Tbh, I cannot understand why it took them a year to release it. But...........it works well and seems to maintain a robust connection. There is a button on the side that is for "future use". I will surmise with absolutely no corresponding evidence that it was intended to work with a direct connection to the Tivo which is NOT available. So it is simply a 5G usb wireless adapter. Useful, functional and will put you to sleep if you think too much about it. What else can i say? Btw, the box states: "The Tivo USB Wifi 5 Adapter and included extension cable connect your compatible Tivo Bolt, Tivo Bolt Vox or Tivo Roamio DVR to a Tivo Mini VOX...." HUH!!!!??????? So my Edge does not work I thought, lololol. It works with EDGE, but how incredibly negligent is marketing to not put EDGE on the package. There is not much more to add, it simpy is what it is, a USB wifi adapter that works only on 5G.
     
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  15. Mikeguy

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    Thanks for reporting back--kind of anti-climactic after all of this, huh? ;) But just so it works, solidly. :up:

    Btw, perhaps the packaging glitch is a reflection of how long ago TiVo had wanted to get the TiVo adapter out to retail.
     
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  16. jaselzer

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    I would agree on the packaging thing. It shows, though, that there are some serious sort of internal issues going on at Tivo. I do not know why they just did not cancel the adapter altogether. It would be interesting to try and understand where Tivo the company is going, what their strategy is of surviving and thriving. Putting out some pretty run of the mill USB wifi adapter cannot enhance their prospects. How many of these do you think they will sell? 10,000 of them, maybe? Or something like that. I suppose that it might be pretty straightforward though: they will concentrate their efforts and money by trying to provide the software and hardware for the cable cutters and cable operators. I think retail must out of necessity die through attrition. The cable card thing, whatever the technical aspects are of it, just is not going to cut it going forward. For one, the cable operators are very difficult to deal with when it comes to cable cards and only people like us on these forums can honestly deal with the technicality of installing them and making sure they work. For example, Spectrum was pushing very hard to take over Fios in my building. Literally, when I told the sales rep that I needed cable cards, she told me: "We really rather not.........". And then when I got my new Edge, I called Fios to enable the cable card even though they told me switching it from my Bolt to the Edge did not require another initiation(it did), the person helping on the phone started pushing me to go with Verizon One cable boxes. So if Tivo is going to continue to need cable cards, it will die off shortly as a retail business, imho.
     
  17. davezatz

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    Probably because adapter is 5 months late.
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    TiVo late? Nahhhhhhh. ;)
     
  19. RMSko

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    So does this mean that the adapter won’t work with the regular TiVo mini and only works with the Mini Vox?
     
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