S2 tivo 240 - fastest way to transfer shows?

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  1. jl8night

    jl8night New Member

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    I know this has been discussed a lot, but the threads are old and a little conflicting, so in hopes the answer is more definitive these days, I'm wondering how I can get my old tivo transferring files the fastest it possibly can. I have a Series2 SA with TSN:240. Software version is 9.3.2b-01-2-140 what is THE fastest way to transfer files with Tivo2go? Tivo-brand wireless-G adapter? USB to Ethernet adapter? USB to Ethernet adapter to wireless bridge?

    I'm currently using a Linksys WUSB11 v2.6 802.11b and it takes for EVER for files to transfer and lately it's been hanging up or slowing WAY down, so I want to try something else.

    Sounds like the CPU may be the real bottleneck, if not hardware limitations. Thanks to all who reply!!
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You are using a B wireless adapter which is slower then the Tivo G adapter. B is only rated at 11 megs, but G is at 54. You may not get speeds faster then around 2 megs/s since there is decrypting/processing involved.

    I get about 3mb/s on my S2, but get 9mb/s on my Tivo HD. Both are using the TiVo wireless G adapters.
     
  3. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    I have tried transfers using Tivo Desktop (I have Tivo2Go but haven't transferred anything yet). The transfers were from a S3HD connected via ethernet cable through a router and an ethernet switch. Bottom line: the transfer took at least real-time to complete. Interestingly, I have done wireless G transfers from one Tivo to another and they go pretty much in real-time. My guess would be that the processing power of the Tivo is the main speed limiting factor. It seems that the transfers are much like the "Copy to VCR" function on old Tivos in that it all goes at real-time.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Based on my somewhat limited experience, check Craigslist for a good price on either the TiVo wireless G (has some processor power of its own, which avoids overburdening the TiVo itself), or if you're able to run Cat5 to your TiVo from your router, the Netgear FA120 USB to Ethernet adapter.

    It seems to work out about the same.
     
  5. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Takes forever is relative?

    I have the Tivo S2 540040 which I believe is reported to have the weakest processor of all the Tivo branded S2 units. It is hardwired via a linksys usb 200M usb 2.0 adapter to a Zyxel wireless G and 100 GB wired router.

    To transfer an exactly 500 MB show it takes just about 19 1/2 mintes to a Dell 2.2 GH core 2 duo computer with an old Buffalo wireless G adapter.

    I also have an old Celeron 4 2.4 GH computer hardwired to the above router and it takes about the same 19 1/2 minutes for an all hardwired ethernet transfer.

    Just for reference, on my S2DT unit the same show takes 8 1/2 minutes.

    On my Tivo HD, the same show takes 6 1/2 minutes.
     
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

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    Using your calculations for the HD, that works out to about 142 minutes for one of the 2-hour movies I transferred from my HD (10.9 GB). That's about what I saw - not even real-time. (Intel 2.4 Ghz, dual-core, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7)
     
  7. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Yes, my Tivo HD does about 4 GB/hr with my set up. Better than forever though. And I still chose not to subscribe a Premiere. (I can wait).
     
  8. jl8night

    jl8night New Member

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    Thanks everybody. Based on your replies, I'm going to shop around for a Tivo Wirelss G adapter. I'm sure I'll see an improvement. Thanks!
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Check Craigslist, both local and otherwise (offer 'em PayPal and the cost of shipping), you might get one for about $20 or $30 or you might find one included with what you could keep as a parts machine.

    It's probably about time for the 2200uF 16V capacitor in your 240's power supply to go bad.
     

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