How many minis can be linked to a Roamio?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by the block, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. the block

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    I have a Roamio w/ lifetime still chugging along just fine, and 4 old style mini's (not mini vox's). I've recently moved to a new house and now have a desire to get television access in 2 additional rooms, so that would call for 2 more minis, 6 total.

    Can a Roamio have 6 minis linked to it? I know there's only 6 tuners so if someone is watching live TV on the Roamio itself, only 5 minis can be watching at the same time (and nothing would be recording), which is fine. It probably wouldn't be more then 1 or 2 minis at a time, but I would like the option for television in multiple additional rooms.

    Also, since the original minis no longer seem to be for sale, I assume the mini vox's would be what I should buy? I assume those will work fine with the Roamio?

    Thanks for the info.
     
  2. pshivers

    pshivers Retired

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    Found this in another thread...

    "You may have a maximum number of 12 TiVo set-top boxes (DVRs or TiVo Mini boxes) on the same account."



    Paul Shivers
     
  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    A Mini VOX comes with a VOX remote. You will need to use that remote in IR mode.
     
  4. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    So the answer is 11.
     
  5. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Watching telly, drinking wine - Lily Allen TCF Club

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    There are two limits (well, maybe three):

    1: 12 devices per TiVo account. This is a hard limit, once you get past this number things get weird, quick.

    2: 5 Minis watching Live TV at once (for a 6-tuner Roamio, 3 at once for a base model) as the roamio will always reserve one for itself. Other Minis that attempt to access live TV will encounter the "no tuner, go watch a recording" message. This assumes no recordings - otherwise, subtract (number of recordings + 1) from 6 to get available tuners.

    3: Limits of your internal network - keep in mind how much bandwidth HD streams can use.

    Mini Voxen will work fine, but A93 Minis can be had for cheaper on eBay - there's no spinning drive, so I don't consider it too risky a purchase. Or hang around our sales forum.
     
  6. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    To be exact, it's 12 active devices. There's a place for inactive device - those with no service but could be activated.
     
  7. vaquero

    vaquero Active Member

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    Will a mini work with a two tuner Premiere? thanks.
     
  8. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I have four Minis and split them between two host TiVos (two Minis each) so the hosts don't get tied up.
     
  9. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    A Mini can not use a two-tuner Premiere as a host. It can access the programs. You need a four/six-tuner TiVo for a host before a Mini will work.
     

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