Do i truly need Tivo's over priced wireless adaptors?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by dadrepus, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. dadrepus

    dadrepus Active Member

    Jan 4, 2012


    What does the tivo wireless n have that my netgear doesn't?
  2. mr_smits

    mr_smits New Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    Forget wireless. Stick with wired, ethernet connections instead.
  3. dadrepus

    dadrepus Active Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    really dont want to thread through wall. How about powerline adaptors? Are they expensive?
  4. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    I went with MoCA adapters for all of my TiVos (those with network jacks, anyway) and have been extremely happy with them.

    To address your original question though, if you're going wireless only the TiVo-branded adapters will work with the S3, THD, or Premiere/Elite boxes. You can, though, use any normal wireless bridge.
  5. socrplyr

    socrplyr Active Member

    Jul 19, 2006


    Well the Tivo N adapter isn't a USB wireless adapter it is a network bridge. It plugs into the ethernet port (and a power plug). It actually has a lot of versatility. For example, you can hook a hub up to it and connect all your devices near the TV. The pricing on the Tivo adapter actually isn't that bad for a bridge device (not great, but not crazy, MSRP $90, Amazon $68). The Tivo N adapter is comparable to the netgear WNCE2001 (MSRP $80, Amazon $55). There are of course cheaper brand wireless bridges out there.

    Now for vs your netgear adapter, if your netgear adapter is USB it won't work with newer Tivos (S3 and up). If your netgear is a network bridge like the Tivo adapter then it will work fine.

    Now personally, I would go with some kind of wired method. Ethernet, MoCA, Powerline (depending wiring), etc. tend to work much better for me than wireless. Just plain ethernet is the cheapest and easiest if you can easily run the wire. The other two don't need a new wiring typically, but are much more expensive (typically more expensive than the Tivo N adapter).
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    Not sure what type of adapter the Netgear is. I understand that Tivos are particular about USB wireless adapters. I do know that you can hook up a wireless bridge to the Tivo ethernet port. I've used a Zyxel WAP3205 and also the older (blue) Linksys WRT54G units running the free DD-WRT firmware. An added bonus of the DD-WRT unit is that it can do both bridge and repeater at the same time.
  7. matt@thehickmans

    matt@thehickmans Hemo_jr

    Jan 8, 2008
    I had been using a Buffalo Air Station as a bridge for the last few years and that worked fine.

    But with TiVo streaming now, I decided to try 802.11n. Got a refurbed Linksys wrt310n V2 from Amazon for about $25, installed DD-WRT firmware to allow it to be a bridge.

    The bridge says it can do 117mb/s. Fast Forwarding seems a lot smoother. Will have to try running the microwave while streaming to see if that interferes with the signal the same way it did with the air station.
  8. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    If you need wireless-N, I don't think there is any reason to buy the TiVo adapter. For wireless-G, the USB adapter was a good value and worth buying, I still use mine and I am not aware of anything being compromised by G rather than N. I much prefer the USB powered adapter with no AC outlet required.

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