Any TiVo Mini WiFi Adapter Update?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by RMSko, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. d_anders

    d_anders Sr Legacy Member

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    You don’t need TiVo’s $60 stick to do this.

    For $24 you can get a wireless ac extender with an ethernet bridge, turn off the APs that the extender turns on and just use the bridge. Problem solved and you have a device that can also light up a 5 port hub too.

    And you don’t need to worry about TE3 or TE4 or what version of Tivo hardware you are on.

    I use one for my Mini and I have not had any problems, works great. And oh, mine from TPLink comes with a smart plug built it to boot. Mic drop.

    The only thing this dedicated adapter has going for it was that is was just a small stick, and if it ever supported direct Wi-Fi mode in the future between host and Mini Vox.

    For $35 more as a dedicated use device, I don’t think it’s worth it when there are alternatives that get the same results for much less.

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  2. jaselzer

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    It does NOT support direct wifi mode at this time.
     
  3. d_anders

    d_anders Sr Legacy Member

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    Which is my point. It’s an overpriced stick.


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  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    That's the word. Probably only the VOX has the required user interface.
     
  5. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Having said that, TiVo said here (at TCF) in October that the company is hoping to get the adapter working with the Mini 2nd generation as well.

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  6. fyodor

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    They don't even do the things that they say they will definitely do.
     
  7. d_anders

    d_anders Sr Legacy Member

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    It was nuts for them to try it and suggest it.

    Wi-Fi direct is for close proximity situations like printing, and that’s moving far less data.

    Plus the product is WAY OVERPRICED.


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  8. jaselzer

    jaselzer Active Member

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    Hey now, you seem to be ignoring the value of having the TiVo brand icon on the USB adapter!!!
     
  9. fyodor

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    People should instead buy these new G.hn wave 2 powerline adapters and report back on how they perform. Early reports have been very positive.

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  10. d_anders

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    Yes, you are right! There seems to be at least a 100% markup because of that implied value, you are right! ;)


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  11. Mikeguy

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    One certainly can question a value issue. But there also seems to be an ease-of-setup factor (as compared to the set-up of a WiFi bridge--even if minimal, it's still there) and a TiVo "seal of approval" (plus customer support) that may be of value to a portion of TiVo's customer base.

    I only wish that there was something beyond that for the device, to set it apart technologically/performance-wise (and to add value to the price). The direct-connection feature (connecting the TiVo box and Mini directly, without needing to go though the user's home router) had promise there, but, alas, did not make the product's final cut.
     
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  13. RMSko

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    So I decided to overspend and buy two of these adapters. I have to say that at least the initial connection was easy. However, one of the adapters is having intermittent disconnect issues. I swapped the two adapters between my two Mini Vox’s and the same culprit had issues on both minis. It’s possible that this is happening because I’m using an Orbi system that automatically switches between 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, but I don’t think that should be the case because it’s not supposed to switch when it comes to devices that can only use one band. Anyway, I called TiVo about this issue and they said that the adapter only works on one Mini Vox connected to the network, i.e., you can’t use two of these adapters on the same network. I find that very hard to believe and so I asked to speak to a supervisor and he said the same thing. It still seems bizarre and I really don’t think that’s my issue, but if that’s the case then this is a complete disaster of a device. In any event TiVo is swapping out my adapter so I’ll see what happens with the next one. I’m also going to set up a separate router on this network so that it only connects to 5GHz.
     
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  14. jaselzer

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    Wow, I hope it is not accurate that you can have only one adapter per network!!!!
     
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  15. JoeKustra

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    That does seem illogical. Perhaps the CS idiot read where it goes directly to the TiVo and got confused. I was hoping for a BF deal on the wifi 5, but I'll wait until CM. If not then, I may have to buy one full price.
     
  16. DFWHD

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    I find it interesting that the graphic on the Amazon page for the adapter seems to show you can have multiple adapters on the network (it's the image of the house). Odd that this image is not on the Tivo.com website.
     
  17. Mikeguy

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    Wouldn't it have been a nice buzz-creator to have had a blow-out introductory sale on the adapter for Black Friday! Maybe they'll listen to me and do it for Cyber Monday, lol.*

    * Otherwise, nothing terribly exciting this year (at least thus far), sigh.
     
  18. JoeKustra

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    It would be nice. But @TiVo_Ted hasn't been here in two weeks.
     
  19. Mikeguy

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    Yep, I noticed that. I hope that he is ok. Or perhaps, nothing earth-shaking this year to report? As far as BF sales go, this has been the most tepid for the past few years (although, not to negate a nice discount on a Bolt with Lifetime).
     
  20. cherry ghost

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    Maybe he’s tired of people tagging him so often.
     

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