Best wired ethernet adapter?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by sterickson, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    Oct 29, 2000


  2. Stainless Steele

    Stainless Steele Wake-Maker!

    Feb 2, 2004
    Columbus, OH
    Yea I had trouble with the linksys adapters. The boxes are not labeled very well. I gave up and went with the dlink ones and they have worked without a hitch.
  3. xultar

    xultar New Member

    Jun 15, 2005

    I just got the same error but I went through set up and it works fine. Keep in mind though, I think mine is a ver 1.
  4. John_fla

    John_fla New Member

    Dec 21, 2005

    My daughter is having a heckuva time. So far, she has only found the linksys usb100m which is supposed to be usb 1 compliant. Every 200m she's found has had v2. She wanted to stick with linksys since that's the router brand she has for her wireless pc network.

    I'll search their site but are comatible Dlink adapters readily available in say bestbuy, etc or is there a better place to look.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  5. Fofer

    Fofer Bo55man69

    Oct 29, 2000


    Tell her to not worry about this AT ALL. Get a different model that works, matching brands will make NO difference.
  6. danieljanderson

    danieljanderson Proud to preach TiVo

    Nov 18, 2002
    If you don't mind waiting, just order from TiVo.
  7. emwoods

    emwoods New Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Not true. USB 2.0 support has been available for some time assuming you have USB 2.0 hardware in your unit (most Tivo Series 2 do, but there are some exceptions). I believe software support arrived in 7.1, but it may have been in an earlier 7.x update. Even with USB 2.0 support if you are going wireless, you will not get anywhere near 802.11g speeds for reasons that have already been dicussed in a bunch of other threads. If you want the best possible speed, wired is the way to go.
  8. wgary

    wgary New Member

    Nov 22, 2003
    I bought g game adapters before Tivo added support for g. This is pretty zippy -- I can download HQ shows and within a few minutes can start fast forwarding through commercials. Plenty fast for me; I'm not sure how using the Tivo-approved g-adapters compares. But wired wasn't a feasible solution for me since my Tivos are on different floors, and my b-network was too slow to be usable. (Set a program to download and come back in 2-3 hours.) In any case, I'm satisfied with my setup. Moderate (not cheap) price but compared to having the house wired...
  9. emwoods

    emwoods New Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    Actually, I am wireless as well. Generally get around 7 - 8 Mbs which is a little better than real-time transfer for TTG. MRV is a bit better for reasons discussed elsewhere. However, I have wired adapters connected directly to the Tivos which are in turn connected to Belkin routers configured as access points.

    By watching for rebates I was able to get my whole network configured for around $100. My understanding is that the latest Belkin firmware for the Belkins I use no longer suppports WDS. WDS is part of what makes my configuration possible. I don't know for sure, but I don't think you can downgrade the currently shipping Belkin hardware to one of the earlier firmware versions. My guess is the hardware is different, but that is just a guess. While I use Belkin routers there are other routers (e.g., Linksys WRT54G) that can be configured similarly, but generally you have to be using routers from the same manufacturer.

    Check out the ultimate wireless network thread if you want the skinny on making all of this work. It is not really a newbie thread, but definitely worth the time if you are seriously thinking of going wireless. This is pretty much the definitive thread on wireless with Tivo, although there are some other good threads.
  10. SullyND

    SullyND W: 45-31 TCF Club

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chicago Burbs
    The post which you replied to was from 08-06-2004, at that time TiVo did not support USB 2.0.
  11. emwoods

    emwoods New Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Good thing someone is paying attention here <LOL>. Thanks for pointing out my oversight.
  12. sterickson

    sterickson New Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    I recently bought an 900 hour unit from Weaknees, along with a wired 10/100 adapter, which is some generic thing they sent me. Frankly, the adapter sucks. I have three TiVos, and the other two have Linksys USB200M Ver. 1 adapters. All three units are connected to a dedicated netgear switch just for their use. Transfers between units with the Linksys adapters is blazingly fast - much faster than I can watch. Transfers to or from the new system are very slow - slower than I can watch.

    I bought a new Linksys adapter, but unfortunately it turned out to be a version 2 unit. I don't understand why it isn't supported yet.

    I'm very disappointed.
  13. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

    Jan 13, 2005
    You can swap adapters between the new and old system to see if the problem follows the adapter. Most likely it won't if the new TiVo is one whose TSN starts with a 5. It is my understanding that the 5XX units handle USB2.0 in software, whereas the 2XXs have hardware support.

    You can pause a recording on the new TiVo when you are transferring from it to get some of the speed back, but it won't be enough to catch up with the older units.

  14. Totohydra

    Totohydra New Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    From the Tivo website regarding recommended USB adapters.

    Linksys USB200M Ver. 2— An advanced release of 7.2.2 software is available to support Ver. 2. Click here to sign up on the TiVo Priority Page. To distinguish between Ver. 1 and Ver. 2, look on the side of the carton beneath the Package Contents listing. Ver. 2 has no image of a CD-ROM and shows "Ver. 2".

    I would include links but I keep getting a nastygram about not including URLs until I've made five posts to the forums.
  15. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

    May 21, 2004
    Not sure about that, but the newer 5xx units have a slower CPU. Which slows down transfer times.
  16. dougdingle

    dougdingle HD Tech

    Jul 4, 2007
    West Coast
    This is an old thread, but can anyone tell me what will work with an older HUMAX Series2 box, an adapter that's available currently?
  17. newskilz

    newskilz New Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Not sure exactly what you mean by "older", but I myself have a Humax Series 2, and just bought a Linksys USB200M from Circuit City for $21.64 including tax (they're having a sale of some sort here in Fort Worth, TX)

    I plugged it in to the tivo's usb, plugged in the ethernet cable and by the time I got to looking at the tivo screen, it had already given me a message stating it had detected ethernet and was now using it, and not using the phone line anymore (not exact words). No setup!!! True plug and play for me. Course I'm running "auto-proxy" on my server, so that helps a lot I guess, because I didn't have to manually add an IP address, subnet, etc to the tivo.

    The adapter I bought is a "version 2" (so you'd need software version 7.2.2 or later-you are probably on version 9. something), came with a short usb cable, so no problems with any strain on the tivo's usb port. The flap is a little odd, but seems sturdy enough, but how often are we going to be moving it anyway? I'm hardly ever going to be touching it. Anyway, you can go to tivo's website and see their compatibility list.Tivo Supported Wired adapters.

    Hope this helps. I wish I had done this wired ethernet adaptor thing a long time ago, tivo breezes through it's "daily call" now.
  18. restart88

    restart88 New Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    The flap is a little odd, but seems sturdy enough, but how often are we going to be moving it anyway? I'm hardly ever going to be touching it.

    I've had it for years now myself. And as everybody is saying since it just sits there the odd flap is no biggie since you never see it. But I wouldn't want to have to use it for something that you would often have to unplug it like say a laptop. As long as you can leave it alone it's just a wonderful workhorse.

    It suits my needs. It's on a 10/ 100 switch with my 2nd Tivo that has built in Ethernet so despite having a gigabyte router I'm in no hurry to upgrade the adapter, especially since the ultimate fate of my 540 is still undetermined.

    Someone mentioned setting up a home network on the cheap after rebates which is kinda how I got started. My setup is now complicated enough that many tech support guys wanna hand me off to someone else. :)

    The only downside with the old 10/ 100 stuff is that you'll eventually want to go to gigabyte but it's a learning experience so how wrong can you go with nearly free after rebate? As you upgrade parts of the network you really haven't lost anything, except I tend to just keep adding on. :D

    I remember well getting my 1st router to use really just as a firewall and had no idea how to setup a network. Now I have wires running all over despite not really knowing what I'm doing because while wireless is nice hard wired is better and doesn't interfere with some wireless cameras in my setup that in time will be replaced by by wired. Then I may reconsider some wireless use.

    I was excited when I finally got my Tivo wireless G adapter working years ago but since going all wired it just collects dust waiting for me to need it once again. But I see it now as an ok solution where running cable just isn't practical.

    As a side note about the Wireless G I did pull it out a few years ago when I'd gotten back into town after a long absence during a prolonged ISP outage (I believe the modem had gone bad after a storm while I was away) and just couldn't stand the nag screens anymore. Fortunately someone had an unsecured wireless connection that I "borrowed" to run a service connection. But lately just about everybody is password protecting their connection around here so those days are probably gone for good. :(
  19. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Dang it, I hate starting to read a thread and then realize it's almost a year old. :mad: :p

    I got the linksys usb200 adapter 2.5 years ago and I've unplugged it maybe twice.
    Works great with my S2 540.
  20. restart88

    restart88 New Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    I think a lot of us didn't catch on for a while. So don't feel alone! :)

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