Has anyone successfully made their update phone call with a VOIP service?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by joellyn, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. BillMc

    BillMc TCF Outsider

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    I have mine set up this way. It works fine, but it seems to be dialing out to the 212 prefix about 10-20 times a day. (connects about one minute each call) I'm on the Vontage 500 minute call and this could add up very quick. Any suggestions on how to stop this beside going unlimited?
     
  2. jd0667

    jd0667 New Member

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    Now that DirecTV has released the 6.3 software update that will work on my HR10-250, I need the daily call to succeed in order to receive the update.

    This thread was very helpful in terms of figuring out a dialing configuration that works. However, my unit needed an extra nudge in the form of a cooler operating temperature.

    What I mean is this: the Tivo modem seems to be highly sensitive to heat. I keep my Tivo in a cabinet that has a fan installed, which keeps the Tivo operating temp at a high but "normal" 49C.

    By following the instructions on this thread, I switched to the South Manhattan dialup number for my prefix, and I used the ",,#19,," setting in call waiting. Those two changes allowed my box to successfully dial and get past the modem handshake. However, it could never get past the "connecting" stage...it would either fail to "connect," or fail to "negotiate." (I'm paraphrasing the error messages that were displayed.)

    I remembered, however, that my old Sony SAT-T60 had a similar problem connecting when I first added a second hard drive to it about 4 years ago. Turns out that the extra drive raised the Sony's operating temp to a level that caused the modem to puke. I solved that problem by removing the top of the Sony's case and by installing a fan in my cabinet. Those two changes dropped the operating temp by about 8C, and suddenly the modem worked beautifully.

    Fast forward to tonight, and I realized that my HR10-250 modem might be suffering a similar cramp in its style. I thus opened the door of my cabinet, which allowed the operating temp to drop 3C, to 46C. Suddenly my test and daily calls are going through perfectly.
     
  3. MI_SAT

    MI_SAT New Member

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    Has anyone figured out the multiple calls per day problem? My R10 calls 2 times per hour, every other hour.
     
  4. OLdDog

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

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    Those are probably the call to DTV's 800 number to upload access card info. Most of the solutions for the regular calls do not work for the 800 number calls. It either works or it does not.

    If you have the 212 number set as a dialing prefix then it, most probably ,is trying to use that number for the DTV call and that will not work.
     
  5. Dkerr24

    Dkerr24 Lost in Big Bend

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    Easiest solution of all is just unplug the phone line. We all know it is not needed for the DTivo to work.

    Even better solution is run the zipper script and get all the neat features and permanently disable the need for a phone call.
     
  6. nrosoff

    nrosoff New Member

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    Why are you guys trying to go through your VOIP gateway? Why not buy a USB adapter and connect the TIVO directly to the network. This is much more reliable and you avoid tieing up your phone line.

    I know somewhere on this site are direction to set it up this way.
     
  7. MI_SAT

    MI_SAT New Member

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    I'll look for those instructions, but I wasn't aware that there was a working USB port on an R10.
     
  8. 300M

    300M New Member

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    I use AT&T CallVantage service with the default settings on my HR10-250. Didn't change a thing.
     
  9. jgkurz

    jgkurz Member

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    Does this also mean you do not have Fax/Modem support turned on?

    Thanks!
     
  10. Adam1115

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  11. chewboxa

    chewboxa chewboxa

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    PPP only works on hacked tivos. at least the hr10-250
     
  12. OLdDog

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

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    Bull! PPP works on all SD TiVos with a simple dial string and a less simple Windows setup.

    Ther is no need to hack a TiVo just to get PPP working.
     
  13. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    Nope works fine on all DirecTiVo's, 3.x and 6.x. No hacks required.

    http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=4284596&&

    You might be thinking of making your daily call over the network, which is not supported. PPP uses a serial cable to your PC to connect to TiVo.

    In fact, hacking your TiVo will BREAK PPP, since most people enable BASH over the serial port.
     
  14. TivoGuy30

    TivoGuy30 New Member

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    This Also Works with Time Warner cable Digtal Phone too!
     
  15. tbeckner

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

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    Works with Vonage and a Motorola VT2442/VT2142 50% of the time with no changes at all. :)
     
  16. gamo62

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    You would have thought that someone out there would have figured a way to do the daily call over the network. (For those who chose not to disable it)
     
  17. OLdDog

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

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    There has been a way to do this for YEARS with the series 1s see:
    http://www.9thtee.com/tivoupgrades.htm
    I have one of these myself.

    For the series 2 it is a bit more complex, but no harder. Run the zipper or use an instantcake from:
    http://www.ptvupgrade.com/products/instantcake/
     

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