Are the Mini's really worth the trouble

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by mark1958, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002


    2 minis, connected over MoCA in the past and now powerline, and I have never ever had any issues with them.
  2. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    There's really no reason to use a static IP, don't worry about it at this point, DHCP from the router is fine..
  3. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    The bad experiences you hear on the forum are probably a case of the people with problems being the loudest. For most people, Minis tend to be plug and play. I've had 3 Minis connected to a Roamio Plus over MoCA for the past 2 years and have never had any problems with then. They work very well, and I suggest you get one to try it for yourself.
  4. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL

    This echoes my experience. Three Minis connected via ethernet. All of them have been rock solid since day one. Couldn't be happier!
  5. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002


    Three Minis connected via MoCA and very happy.

    More telling is my wife is happy with them and she is a luddite.

    The only small hiccup is every now and the it will not connect to the Roamio. (Maybe once a month) All I do is tell to connect and that fixes it.
  6. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    My mini has been fine once I got it setup. It was the extra reboots required that aren't mentioned in the quick start guide that was the problem, but it has worked fine since it started to believe in the Roamio.
  7. mark1958

    mark1958 Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Thank you to all that replied to this thread, I feel much better about my decision to purchase a mini and pulled the trigger on one from Amazon $112.94 shipped, they saying delivery by 8pm Sunday March 6th which I find hard to believe but we will see. I will let you all know how things work out either way and Thanks again :):) Mark
  8. CinciDVR

    CinciDVR Contentious Member

    May 24, 2014
    Cincinnati, OH
    I've received lots of deliveries from Amazon on Sunday, so I'd be surprised if it isn't delivered by Sunday. :)
  9. mark1958

    mark1958 Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Great to hear i have never heard of Sunday delivery and not have to pay thru the nose but we will see :)
  10. BRiT wtfdotcom

    BRiT wtfdotcom Active Member

    Dec 16, 2015
    Amazon has a deal with the Post Office to do weekend deliveries.
  11. JBDragon

    JBDragon Member

    Jan 3, 2004
    Fairfield, CA
    This is what I do to most of my hardware is giving each device their own static IP address instead of automatic and IP address can change and then you can have issues. So my Tivo Roamio, Mini's a Stream all have a Static IP address in the,, and so on. With my Router being my Windows PC is Etc. It makes for a much more reliable network. But it also take some effort and knowing your way around a router!!!
  12. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    Make sure to check your PO box on Sunday.

    First time I received a Sunday delivery I don't think I would have known about it if I didn't see the post person putting it in my box.
  13. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Warning: following is an off-topic rant. If this offends you, stop reading now.

    Really amazing to those of us living in the Dayton Ohio metro area where a letter from one side of town can take 3 days to reach the other side of town (only a few miles away). This letter either goes through Columbus (weekdays) or Cincinnati (weekends). This is part of an "economizing" effort in which the Dayton post office sorting operation was shut down. However due to political pressure due to whining about the jobs that would be lost, the Dayton facility was never shut down. It no longer does the work it used to do but it still keeps 300 people employed (doing what? who knows?). So the mail service has achieved the worst combination possible: greater cost and poorer service.
  14. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    They save me $22.35 a month on Comcast (vs. renting 3 extra cards), so yeah I'd say Minis have been worth the trouble.

    More importantly, they provide the full Tivo experience (minus a few extra things like pyTivo) on every TV with near-seamless integration. Highly worth it.

    NOTE: My setup is wired networking with Ethernet or MoCA, wireless or powerline connected Minis are a total crapshoot.
  15. mjh

    mjh Re: Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Let me also jump on the bandwagon of people who love their minis. I have a Roamio OTA and two minis. This setup replaced the HDXL and Premeir that I'd had previously. This is just so much of a better setup than prior, it's hard to even compare. This is basically a whole home DVR solution.

    On top of that, I can put my Roamio OTA in the room that has the shortest cable run to my antenna and every other room inherits the improved signal strength.

    This setup is a metric ton better that the setup I had previously.
  16. BNBTivo

    BNBTivo Active Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    I'll jump in, too.

    I have several minis and they all work flawlessly. As in NEVER an issue. Hooked up both MOCA and ethernet. You plug them in and select the tivo you want as the primary and voila. I have one on a rack that powers the outside TV, we have one in the bedroom hidden behind the TV (RF remote), etc.

    It's snappy, responsive, and very reliable. As others have said, it's the full Tivo experience. You wouldn't even know you are using a mini. It has Plex, all the apps, etc. etc. etc.
  17. Zephyr

    Zephyr Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    Free State...
    No problems here and I pick up my Roameo and a mini and a moca adapter and take it from MA to FL with minimal problems except for the splitters which Tivo wants to be higher than the standard cable guy uses. Good luck. I know the mini saves a ton of money!
  18. jkudlacz

    jkudlacz Member

    Jan 20, 2009
    Miramar, FL
    We have one Mini the RF model, which was update from the Original model, no issues or problems and we use it all the time. It is connected to main unit Roamio Plus using MOCA. I used it with Ethernet CAT5 before, but to be honest I rather have 1 cable instead of 2 coming out of the box (especially if they do exactly the same thing). I am in the process of looking for 2nd Tivo Mini, and found awesome deal on

    They are offering 15% off your first Order, Free Shipping and you can opt out off the free returns for additional savings. Each Tivo Mini comes up to $93.98 + Tax if one applies to your location.
  19. unknownpa

    unknownpa Member

    Feb 22, 2016
    Have you ever considered using the Roamio Pro as a MoCA bridge and then connecting the Minis over MoCA? It works very well for my situation and I have NEVER had ANY trouble with my Minis. You can read more about my setup here:

    Best regards,
  20. spartus4

    spartus4 New Member

    Oct 11, 2014
    I love my mini except for the timer that turns of the TV channel after a few hours if you don't access the guide or some other feature.

    It is the only way to get TV to my bedroom. I use Powerline Ethernet. Works great.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016

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