How many minis can be linked to a Roamio?

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

  1. the block

    the block Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Upstate NY


    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

    Nov 4, 2013
    Lubbock, Texas
    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

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    A Mini VOX comes with a VOX remote. You will need to use that remote in IR mode.
  4. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    So the answer is 11.
  5. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Ambassador to the City of Chicago TCF Club

    Jun 24, 2019


    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

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    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

    Jan 14, 2020
    Will a mini work with a two tuner Premiere? thanks.
  8. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    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

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    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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