Read this if you want to use your Series2 DVR with a wireless adapter

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVoStephen, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. bluestringsoup

    bluestringsoup New Member

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    I tried a WUSB54G - its power light came on but the tivo wouldnt aknowledge its existence. When I plugged in a WUSB11 it worked straight away. I'm happy I just want to dump my phone line :)
     
  2. aero_22

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    Morris...
    Greatly appreciate it ff someone could revert on the question below - TIA!


    Netgear MR814 802.11b compatibility
    Q: I have a Tivo Series 2 unit, and will purchase shortly the HMO.
    My current wireless network in my home uses the Netgear MR814 802.11b router.

    This is a popular router, so hoping someone else out there with this router has decided to get HMO, and wanted to know if it works best with the Tivo recommended adaptor (Linksys WUSB11) or better to get the NETGEAR MA101 V.B to keep all the 802.11b items from the same manufacturer?
     
  3. TiVoStephen

    TiVoStephen formerly TiVoOpsMgr

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    Aero wrote me privately as well. As far as I'm aware, if you use a compatible network adapter (as listed at http://www.tivo.com/adapters/) and your router is compatible with your apapter and with 802.11b, then everything should work fine. It shouldn't matter if they're from the same manufacturer or not.

    Personally, for example, at home I use the recommended Linksys adapter but my router is from Netgear.
     
  4. aero_22

    aero_22 New Member

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    Morris...
    TiVoOpsMgr,

    Thanks for prompt reply on PM and the above posting! My confidence is WAY up about mixing the recommended Linksys adapter with my Netgear router, considering that you have the same in your house.

    THANKS
     
  5. aero_22

    aero_22 New Member

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    Morris...

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    I purchased the Linksys WUSB11 adapter tonight, and it works great so far with my Netgear MR814 802.11b router. Nice, easy setup!
     
  6. pluevano

    pluevano New Member

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    Hello-

    After getting my first S2, I thought it was so good, I got a second for my folks (S2, 80hr). I wanted to get all the setup done for them, so all they had to do is plug it in. I cleared all the data from the previous owner, went through the setup call, and all seemed fine. I plugged in the Linksys USB wireless adapter I'm using on my TiVo so I could set up the wireless networking for them. It didn't recognize the adapter. I read these forums, and saw that I need to upgrade the software version to 4.0.1b. I forced the update through the phone update and got the message that I needed to power cycle the TiVo. I do this.

    I now get the "Powering Up" screen for about a minute. Then the green LED on the front of the TiVo goes out, then all I get is a black screen. I have tried power cycling it several times, same result. I let it sit, powered off overnight and restarted. Same result.

    What are my options at this point?

    Thanks, and please let me know if more information is needed!

    Paul.
     
  7. TiVoStephen

    TiVoStephen formerly TiVoOpsMgr

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    Paul, sorry that you had this issue. Please contact customer support; they can guide you through some troubleshooting that might revive your folks' unit.

    Best regards,
    Stephen
     
  8. pluevano

    pluevano New Member

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    Stephen-

    I called them last night, and after plugging the unit into a different outlet at their request, same results. The best that support could offer after that was "We have an exchange program for $149."

    I'm going to create a backup of my (healthy) TiVo and use it to boot the new (unhealthy) one up. Hopefully that will do the trick. Will update with results next week.

    Thanks,
    Paul.
     
  9. May 6, 2004 #149 of 482
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Sorry to thread hijack, but a newbie posted in another thread that it's not clear from this thread whether or not it's possible to perform initial guided setup without a landline.

    The answer to that question is that TiVo only officially supports using a phone line for initial guided setup.

    Unofficially and unsupported, a number of people have also managed to perform initial guided setup with some types of wired Ethernet adapters. For more details, see the TiVo Help Center sticky thread “Before you ask—please check these top answers for TiVo questions!”
     
  10. pluevano

    pluevano New Member

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    Just a quick followup on the dead TiVo. I wiped the parents hard drive clean, then created a copy of mine onto it. Since then, everything seems to be happy. I guess there was just a 0 where TiVo wanted a 1 or something.
     
  11. pluevano

    pluevano New Member

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    I take it back. The parents TiVo is back in powerup loop. Powers up, and just before the TiVo movie, starts thepowerup routine again. Lather, rinse.

    Going to take the original drive out of my TiVo, and swap it in. If that works I know I have a bum drive. If that doesn't work, I know there are more serious issues. In which case I think I'm SOL and will have to bite the bullet and get a new unit.

    Will keep updated.
     
  12. TiVoStephen

    TiVoStephen formerly TiVoOpsMgr

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    Paul, good luck with your unit.

    Charles, thanks for your feedback about Guided Setup. I've moved my first post around a little bit and tried to make it more clear. Let me know if anyone has any feedback.

    Best regards,
    Stephen
     
  13. bobquin

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    Okay, I purchased a Linksys WUSB11 yesterday. Plugged it in, and all the right lights came on. "Link" light starts to blink, so I get all excited.

    Then the nightmares began. Although the Adapter "sees" my network (i.e., it listed my network name as a connection option), once I put in my WEP key and tell it to use 128-bit encryption, the screen looks for the network and says "This network could not be located." Even though it listed my network by name on the setup screen!

    After several minutes with a Linksys tech support person, I was told the adapter is defective and should be exchanged. Off I go to CompUSA, where I exchange the adapter. Just got home....same results.

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!

    Can anybody out there help me? Is there a configuration setting that I'm missing? I've never had this kind of grief with any wireless equipment before. Here are my network and TiVo Stats:

    1) Base station is a Microsoft MN-700
    2) Linksys WUSB11, version 2.8
    3) TiVo Software version 4.0.1b-01-2-240 (Service number begins with 240)

    Also, FYI, in Phone and Network Setup, no IP address is listed, but I do get a MAC address. (MY ISP uses DHCP, so I shouldn't have to enter an IP.) Under "Network," it lists the name of my wireless network, but under "Signal" is says "none."

    ::sigh:: Any and all tips are appreciated! Thanks in advance!
     
  14. antalo

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    The WUSB should work out of the box. Did you install the software in your PC ? I know nothing about the MS router, but you should turn the WEP off until you get it to work. Does the TIVO recognise the adapter ? Did you set it for broadband ? You should turn WEP off until you get it working. Until you get a URL for the adapter, it wont work. First you have to get the adater working with the TIVO. You wont get A URL until it connects to the router. Is the router working ? Do you have anything else connected to the router ? Is it working ? Call Linksys again. These guys are in the Phillippines, or India (HP has the cust service on one of the places) and another person may be able to help, or not.
    Good Luck.
    Antal
     
  15. ccwf

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    Just a note for those stumbling upon this thread in the future: the WUSB 11 v2.8 requires 4.0.1a, which is not pre-installed on boxes at this time. Hence, those adapters will not work until the TiVo software has been upgraded. See the first/main post in this thread for more details.
     
  16. TiVoStephen

    TiVoStephen formerly TiVoOpsMgr

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    To clarify what Charles says -- 4.0.1a or LATER. We don't send out 4.0.1a any more -- we're sending out 4.0.1b automatically on the first call after you complete Guided Setup. And 4.0.1b will support the Linksys WUSB11 wireless adapter v2.6, or v2.8, or v3.0.

    See http://www.tivo.com/adapters/ for the full list of supported adapters that work with 4.0.1b.

    If your adapter is NOT listed in the above article, it is NOT supported. Sorry.

    Best regards,
    Stephen
     
  17. Jun 4, 2004 #157 of 482
    tweekerz

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    So if an adapter is not supported, does that mean it will not work????
    Are all of the adapters that are on tivo.com/adapters running the same chipset???

    Thanks

    I have a belkin v2000 wireless B adapter running on one ATTivo and a
    Gigafast Wireless USB B adapter running on a SA Series 2 refurb.... both work well with my SMC wireless B router
    Matt


     
  18. Jun 5, 2004 #158 of 482
    rambo47

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    Just chiming in with my success story.

    My computers are almost all Apple. My home network uses 2 AirPort Extreme Base Stations (802.11b/g) and has always worked with both Macs and Windows-based computers. I do keep an IBM ThinkPad around for the odd applications that require Windows, but I'm really a Mac guy to the core.

    I bought the Linksys WUSB11 (v.2.8) wireless adapter and it recognized my home wireless network immediately. I had to enter my WEP key in hex form rather than simple password like on all the Macs, but that was the only wrinkle in what was an otherwise flawless plug-and-play experience. Connections are made over the network and everything seems speedier.

    I'm looking to add one or two more TiVos to our house and the HMO will make the process easier and far more enjoyable.

    To recap: Apple's AirPort Extreme and Linksys WUSB11 are out-of-the-box compatible. Just enter your WEP key in hexidecimal form.
     
  19. Jun 5, 2004 #159 of 482
    mdbill2001

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    I have a new RCA DVR40. I have connected by phone a few times for updates.. So far I still have the original software 3.1.1-01-2--- I have connected several times today.. how do I force the upgraded software.
     
  20. Jun 5, 2004 #160 of 482
    futerfas

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    You have the lastest software for your hardware. Directivos dont get 4.0
     

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