Connecting to TiVo with mobile broadband Vs Modem

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Saqqara, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Saqqara

    Saqqara New Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Hi there,

    I recently changed broadband providers and have gone from an
    ADSL 2 router (which I previously used to connect to TiVo) to a portable
    dongle that plugs into a USB port on my computer.

    When I changed from Telstra to Optus I did not even consider the impact
    it would have on TiVo, but now I am unsure what to do.

    Tivo Guide just says "TO BE ADVISED" and I need to connect so that I
    can update the guide.

    I plugged my Optus mobile broadband dongle into a USB port on the back
    of TiVo and attempted to connect, but it was not successful.

    Any advice please??
  2. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    The modem is not designed to work directly with a Linux host, although Linux in general certainly can be used with 3G modems. The Tivo, however, is not designed to work with the modem, either. You are going to need a router. If you are unable or unwilling to build your own, then you will need to buy one. Zoom makes a nice, economical 3G router, the 4501. They also make a travel router, the 4506, and they make a mobile hotspot / modem combination that might work with your service. The modem compatibility list for the 4501 and 4506 is here. I do not see "Optus" on the list, but chances are the modem is not made by the service provider. You should be able to find a manufacturer and model number on the modem, and the chances are it will be on that list. It may even work if it is not on the list.

    Assuming you are running Windows and your version is XP Pro or W7, hypothetically, you could set up your PC as a router / internet gateway by activating Microsoft's Internet Connection Sharing protocol, but I suggest you take my advice and don't bother.
  3. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    Using Internet Connection Sharing worked great for me in the past. I was stuck in an apartment with horrible internet access for 4 months, so I just tethered my phone to the PC and used its ethernet jack to feed a switch that all of my TiVos were connected to.

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