Anyone use a cell phone for the Daily Call?

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  1. Jan 8, 2006 #1 of 11
    Avasdad

    Avasdad New Member

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    My wife cancelled our land line and it killed my tivo! Is there a way to use a cell phone?
     
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    audiocrawford

    audiocrawford New Member

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    No. Some people are able to use VOIP, but they tend to have trouble with it. How would you even connect the cell to your TiVo?'

    AC
     
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    Flyinace2000

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    I have seen cradles for phones that let you use a land line phone to make calls. Its usefully to take advantage of all those n/w minutes you get. You might look into something like that. I am not sure if the line quality will be enough for data transfer. You might just want to get broadband if its available and a network adapter for the TiVo
     
  4. Jan 8, 2006 #4 of 11
    pdhenry

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    If you have no phone, how are you accessing the internet? Broadband? There's your answer.
     
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    dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

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    I read a couple years back of one guy who said he got his TiVo to dial out via a cell phone, but frankly it seemed like a lot work, and not really worth it unless it is your only option. As others have said if you have broadband internet (cable or DSL) you can get an adapter for your TiVo cheaply and have it connect for guide data that way, as a bonus you also get access to a bunch of other features that TiVo has been rolling out over the last couple of years that only work for people who have their TiVo hooked up to a network. Let us know if you need more information.

    -Dylan
     
  6. Jan 8, 2006 #6 of 11
    Avasdad

    Avasdad New Member

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    Thanks for not flaming me guys. Soon after I posted I realized I hadn't read enough of the forum. Thanks for the info as well. Broadband does seems like it might be the way for me. Currently I have an HDR212.If anyone could point me out to a starting point I would like to get it on a network.
     
  7. Jan 8, 2006 #7 of 11
    dgh

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    Series 1s take a bit more work. Google Turbonet for a common solution.
     
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    dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

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    This thread should be useful in getting your Series 1 to work over broadband. The Turbonet route is probably the easiest in the long run, but is a bit expensive at first, especially if you want to go the wireless route.

    -Dylan
     
  10. BobCamp1

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    It should be easy but :

    1. You have to have a cell phone capable of data services (most are)
    2. You have to sign up for data services for your cell phone. This may be expensive.
    3. You need to find a serial data cable for your phone, and almost all are now USB.

    You would then configure your Tivo to treat the cell phone just like an external modem. Without flow control on the serial port, I wouldn't go faster than 9600. Most cell phones that support serial should support that baud rate. Phone numbers are:

    *99***1# for GSM/GPRS (assuming it's configured as connection #1 in for mobile phone).
    #777 for CDMA

    There are, of course, many things that could go wrong with this setup. But I know in theory it should work.

    Most people just give up and do PPP over serial or sell their Series 1 and get a Series 2. Turbonet is expensive.
     
  11. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

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    Go here and talk to Cactus46. He's very helpful.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=191812&page=1&pp=30&highlight=ppp+serial
     

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