(Bolt) Service Connection while in Standby ?

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  1. rcoates777

    rcoates777 Member

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    Let's start the week with an easy one. Will scheduled service connections take place if the Bolt is in Standby when the scheduled connection time arrives? Thanks! Bob
     
  2. JoeKustra

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    Yes. And VCM Connections, recordings, suggestions, software updates and wish list recordings.
     
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  3. rcoates777

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    Thanks, Joe. I've always wondered what a VCM connection was. Can you shed some light on this?
     
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Please understand this is from observation, not inside knowledge or documentation.

    A VCM Connection seems to happen about every four hours. For "triggered" connections, I see it happening after a guide update that causes a change to be applied to your To Do List. Also, I see (sometimes) a connection is done when you change your channel list. My theory is that something that affects TiVo Online causes a connection. This has become more frequent since TiVo Online is closer to reality with respect to your unit.

    Just one more thing. TiVo knows your viewing habits, Ponder that too. ;)

    Please understand this is pure speculation. But I watch System Information a lot. Since Rovi, there have been changes, like indexing done every 12 hours not just after a guide update. I have a lot of free time, but I do not know all the answers. TiVo is a really neat toy.
     
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  5. aaronwt

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    I use High Power saving mode. In that mode, suggestions are not recorded in Standby.
     
  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    And that is frightening. Really.
     
  7. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    It is a Twonky. :)

    Scott
     
  8. sfhub

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    If you are going in standby to save power, on the Roamio Basic, Roamio OTA, and Bolt (don't know about Bolt Plus), it probably isn't worth it. I measure 12W-13W during normal usage and 12W in standby. For Roamio Pro, I was seeing 18W under normal usage and 13W under standby.

    Now if you have some HDMI connection problem it might help to have your unit go in standby between uses to get the HDMI connection starting fresh when you turn on your equipment.
     
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  9. Worf

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    "standby" mode has traditionally only turned off the video outputs of the TiVo - everything else - inputs, tuners, hard drive, CPU, etc are still running at full speed and full power.
     
  10. dianebrat

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    That's not true anymore, Bolts and Roamios have 4 settings:
    Off: The TiVo device does not automatically enter standby mode, and will continue to record TiVo Suggestions.
    Low: The TiVo device automatically enters standby mode after four hours of inactivity, and will continue to record TiVo Suggestions.
    Medium: The TiVo device automatically enters standby mode after four hours of inactivity, and will not record TiVo Suggestions.
    High: The TiVo device automatically enters standby mode after two hours of inactivity, and will not record TiVo Suggestions

    https://support.tivo.com/articles/Features_Use/Power-Saving-and-Standby-Modes
     
  11. sfhub

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    There was a point when the hard drive got turned off (at least for the "don't record suggestions" standby choices), but there was an update where it stopped doing that. Currently, I believe the hard drive is running during standby.

    Complete separate debate whether shutting down HD is a good idea (and there are different versions of power management for the HD that range from parking heads to lower spin rate to full shutdown)
     
  12. aaronwt

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    My Roamios and Bolts spin down their hard drives in high power saving mode. As long as no recordings are taking place. You can tell when the drive was spun down because it takes much longer to come out of standby than when the drive is still spinning. Not to mention you can hear the drive spin up if the room is quiet.

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  13. sfhub

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    I am curious, do you ever notice your units getting into a state where they won't go into standby. I have been turning on and off various units recently and sometimes my Roamio Pro and OTA won't go into standby anymore. After I reboot they go into standby again.
     
  14. aaronwt

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    No I have not run into any issues. Each day they are always in standby when I go to use them.

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