Getting TiVo to work with a Mac Airport Express wireless network ! (long)

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  1. caruso81

    caruso81 New Member

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    Oh, I don't know. I am setting that very thing up today. The approved wired USB adapter will go from TiVo to the ethernet port on the APExpress. The Express will be set up as a bridge to APExtreme which goes through a router to the cable modem and out. There are several good reasons to do it this way.

    1) I can do the initial setup this way while I can't do it with a wireless USB adapter directly out of the TiVo. (provided of course the software on the unit I buy is recent enough) Important because I do not have a land line.
    2) The wired adapters seem to be more readily available and slightly cheaper.
    3) I already have an APExpress I'm not using.
    4) The APExpress can do AirTunes through my sound system that sits where the TiVo will live. This is especially important considering how much trouble there seems to be with sharing music through the TiVo.
    5) And if I have this right, I can use G exclusively on my wireless network since all the TiVo knows is that it is using a wired connection. Hopefully none of the B/G issues will happen.

    Or I could be completely wrong about all of this and I'm well and truly hosed!
     
  2. JediJoker7169

    JediJoker7169 New Member

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    It's not so silly when you consider that the Airport Express is right there and has a free ethernet port. The fewer wireless connections, the better. Wires are still faster.
     
  3. TydalForce

    TydalForce Active Member

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    Philadelphia...
    Sounds like a pretty good plan to me! Yeah, wired ethernet adapters are going to be a little cheaper, and maybe easier to set up. I got TiVo's wireless adapter for mine and it worked fine for me... but you've already got the Express so why bother? ;-}
     
  4. JediJoker7169

    JediJoker7169 New Member

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    Unfortunately, although the TiVo has been assigned an IP, can connect to the TiVo service, and is accessable from my computer, TiVo can't seem to access my computer. It shows up as a server, with my music and photos available, but when I try to access them, there is always an unknown error. Could it be because of the 7.2.2 TiVo software update, which was needed for the USB-to-ethernet adapter to work?
     
  5. Grigs

    Grigs TomG

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    I have an APExpress plugged in near the TiVo, which bridges to a vanilla type Airport, connected to a cable modem.

    From the discussion here, I should be able to use a USB/RJ45 cable to connect from TiVo to APE.

    I've had trouble with finding a USB <-> adapter cable.
    Do they have to special ordered from TiVo, or is there a cheaper alternative.
    Seems when I tried to find one many months ago, it was around $40 w/shipping, which was most of the price for a wireless receiver.

    Anyone have ideas on best value for ordering or picking up an adapter cable?

    TIA!! Tom

     
  6. martoons

    martoons New Member

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    I too am having trouble with TIVO & Airport. I managed to get TIVO to recognize my network and it looked pretty good but it says it can't locate a DHCP server. What's that when it's at home and where do I find that information? Can someone help?
    Thanks.
     
  7. bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    This is usually caused by a wireless security issue where the TiVo doesn't have the right credentials to join the wireless network (so it can't find the DHCP server). Make sure if you're using wireless security that you're using WEP and not WPA since TiVo doesn't support WPA right now.

    If you're using WEP, use the Airport Admin Utility to open the Airport configuration. When you have it open, you'll see a padlock shaped icon in the toolbar labeled "password". Click on it and you'll be given the hexadecimal password. Use this hexadecimal password in the settings for the TiVo and you should be all set (assuming you don't have an Access List in place on the Airport)
     
  8. paul355

    paul355 New Member

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    I just joined the TiVo ranks when my S3 arrived Friday. I had a lot of trouble getting it to connect to my Airport Extreme, until I found the bit about it needing to be a hexadecimal password.

    But to do that I had to switch from WPA to WEP. At least that's how I did it. Am I correct in thinking I can't get the Airport to do hex passwords with WPA? Or am I missing something?

    Now that it's WEP, my laptop loses the network connection everytime it goes to sleep, and I have to reconnect manually.

    Paul
     
  9. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 Active Member

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    I would assume, but I'm no tech expert, that TiVo's WPA should work with a Mac, not just WEP. (We're on a S2 with a non-TiVo adapter and apparently that won't work with WPA--alas!) You'll be more secure with WPA and your laptop won't have to reconnect manual. Maybe Bob or one of the other Mac gurus can shed some light on how to configure the TiVo so that it works with your Airport and Mac.
     
  10. gigem9000

    gigem9000 New Member

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    I have followed this advice and similar advice, however I still cannot get my tivo to connect to the internet. During the connection process, it stalls out under the "Getting Info" stage with the message "Connection interrupted". Then when I choose "Press SELECT for more information", I get the message "The connection was interrupted. (N11)".

    Other times I have received similar messages to "...errors with DHCP..."

    My wireless signal is not protected using WEP (I turned this off just to try to get the tivo to connect somehow/someway). My laptop (and my girlfriend's laptop) can connect to the internet and browse just fine. I think some of the settings on my Airport Extreme base station must be incorrect.

    Can someone walk me through the configuration settings using the Airport Admin Utility? Some setting must not be right on my Airport Extreme base station. Thanks!

    (Note: this tivo is my girlfriend's and connects fine at my house on a WEP protected network with a Netgear wireless router)
     
  11. jurkiwst

    jurkiwst New Member

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    Please help! I moved in with a roommate who has an apple airport extreme router and the same Tivo Series 2 DVR as me. His Tivo connected to the network just fine. Mine, however, has not. I've called Tivo and they even sent me a replacement, and then replaced my replacement with a Tivo Series 2 DVR with Dual Tuner. We have a WEP format with a 13 digit hexadecimal password. The Tivo recognizes the network and my network also recognizes it. It still shows the error message "DHCP server could not be located". Everything has been unplugged/reset/restarted. When I enter a static IP address, the error message "A gateway (router) could not be located". Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm running out of ideas and Tivo tech support has no other suggestions.
     
  12. TiVoEvan74

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    Did you ever solve this? If not, I would recommend starting a new thread and getting help that way.

    Have you tried substituting your TiVo for your roommate's? That way you'll be using the same cable, same location. You also may want to delete everything in your unit relative to the network setting and then retry setting it all up.

    But I'm no expert or hi-tech guru and am just guessing! So a new thread would be smart!
     
  13. bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

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    Crystal...
    If you're using WEP, the hexadecimal key will never be only 13 characters and digits. It will either be exactly 10 or 26 -- unless you're counting a pair of characters and digits as a "word" (two bytes make a word IIRC)

    The DHCP error message and the gateway error when you try a static IP address both indicate that you're not able to successfully join your wireless network. And the common culprit is mis-matched security. Either the key is wrong or you have MAC filtering (sometimes called an Access List) on the router that only allows certain hardware MAC addresses.

    Please note that this thread started years ago -- since then TiVo now supports WPA/WPA2 with the TiVo Wireless Adapter. And if you use a passphrase of exactly 13 characters (not hex), you don't have to mess with any hexadecimal key stuff.
     

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