I mainly just want to be able to get my recordings to my computer I have a tivo series2 I have an intel macbook with toast titanium 7 I have a video ipod I am smart I don't have much time to invest (can't even watch my shows at home- hence this project) I have never had a need to set up a network at my apartment and I don't yet know how to link my computer to it. I have a cheap router (new in unopened box) Should I connect using the router in between or can I just use a CAT5 patch cable? My Tivo connects to the server on it's dialup modem. I do not have internet at my apartment (laptop seems to be able to connect somehow I haven't downloaded TivoToGo yet. Will TivoDecodeManager be a better substitute?