My setup any room DVR & music

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Shanezam203, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    How did you manage to have 5 TV's connected to your TIVO when the HDMI splitter only has two outputs? Did you split them again or am I missing something?

    I'm thinking of doing something like that here. I have 3 TV's and 3 TiVos. I want to be able to view any of the three in any room (using RF remotes of course). The only splitter I see at MonoPrice that would work for me would be the 4 X 4 model no?

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  2. astrohip

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    It worked! After trying other solutions that failed (wireless HD), the HDMI over CAT5 worked! Perfect HD signal on the kitchen TV.

    When I originally presented this idea to my wife (it's her TV), I explained that she wouldn't have any remote control over the TiVo. No problem, she says; I'll be happy just to get the signal. Now she needs remote control.:rolleyes: You'd think I 'd learn. Women . . . :p

    So what options do I have to remote control the TiVo from downstairs and 50 feet away?

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  3. bareyb

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    @Astrohip. We use an MX-600 remote here, but any RF remote will probably work. :)
     
  4. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    That distance?
     
  5. lrhorer

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    Yeah, you really should have seen that coming...

    Some others have suggested universal RF remotes. There are also some wireless IR repeaters available. That way you can use the TiVo remote. Their performance is hit-and-miss, depending on position, ambient light levels, and interference, but I have had pretty good luck with some of them in the past.
     
  6. jcthorne

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    I have a tv in the kitchen that only has power and a single coax cable available. No way to pull any new cables to it in a cost effective manner. Its approx 60 ft through several walls from the tivo. Any way to get HD there? Right now its getting SD over the coax using the composite output of the tivo to an old RF modulator and tuned to channel 3. I tried one of the wireless HD systems about 2 yrs ago and it would not connect, just too far. Are the better ones now that acutally work 100 ft plus? Is there a reasonable price way of sending it over the coax? I looked at ZeeVee box but the cost was nearly 2 grand...
     
  7. bareyb

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    Mine works from the back yard. They have pretty incredible distance. :cool:
     
  8. unitron

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    Is that co-ax an actual cable TV-type cable, i.e., RG-59 or RG-6?

    Are you a cable TV subscriber?

    If so, give the kitchen TV it's own Tivo.

    Do you still have that wireless HD system gathering dust somewhere?
     
  9. bareyb

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    Can anyone explain how the OP managed to hook up 5 TV's to one TiVo with a 4x2 HDMI splitter? :confused:
     
  10. mattack

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    PowerMID. Dirt cheap.
     
  11. jcthorne

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    RG-6QS, I am OTA only. I would consider one of the new tivo extenders when they come out but $500 for a full Tivo is a bit much. Besides, there really is no place to put a tivo there other than perhaps vertical behind the tv. Even then, streaming HD content via wireless N is not real reliable and there is no way to get a hardwired network connection there. Perhaps moca but has anyone used it that way? Still, with all that hardware, its out of the budget for the kitchen tv upgrade from SD to HD.

    The wireless HD went back to Amazon for refund within days of getting it since it did not work. Don't even remember the brand.
     
  12. Shanezam203

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    Hey sorry, I am just now getting to this... 2 TV's are HDMI and the others are component.

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  13. Shanezam203

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    Tivo sells an RF extender for $50, you will need it pointing to your Tivo box and
    then a little battery in your remote in the kitchen/ 2nd room.

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  14. leiff

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    or if he was only going 30 feet he could get the tivo slide remote
     
  15. Shanezam203

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    Right, using bluetooth and USB right? I haven't gotten a slider remote yet but I might now that the price went down...
     
  16. jcthorne

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    I use the Xantech Xtra Link system. It transmits the ir codes back over the coax from all locations throughout the home. There is a Tivo remote in each room with a tv so they all work exactly the same.
     

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    I have the slide remote on the other TiVo. Will they interfere with each other?
     
  18. Shanezam203

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    Slide remote uses Bluetooth not RF right? I was thinking of getting a slide remote, I do not think it will interfere with RF, no.
     
  19. lrhorer

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    Bluetooth IS RF. It employs frequency hopping spread spectrum RF signals in the 2.4GHz band, very much similar to WiFi and many wireless telephones. Whether it will interfere with the unit in question depends on several things, most notably whether the device uses the same frequency band. A lot of those devices use 900MHz.
     
  20. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Since the thread was bumped...

    I installed a program by wmcbrine (TiVo Remote), that lets you control a TiVo thru a PC. My wife plays on her laptop while she watches TV, so it worked out perfectly.

    See this thread.
     

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