Thinking about buying a TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Cynthia Fyfe, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Cynthia Fyfe

    Cynthia Fyfe New Member

    Feb 5, 2018
    My router does have ethernet ports, but it is in my loft, which is above the TV, but that still means I would have to route a cable from the router, over the half wall of the loft, down the wall on the first floor and over to the TV, which would be ugly. My only alternative would be to pay an electrician to run the cable and that would be expensive. What else do I need a wireless signal for besides daily updates?
  2. Cynthia Fyfe

    Cynthia Fyfe New Member

    Feb 5, 2018
    I don't do ebay for expensive things, I just don't trust sellers especially when I want new and not used, so that option is out. Right now it looks like my only option is the Bolt.
  3. Cynthia Fyfe

    Cynthia Fyfe New Member

    Feb 5, 2018
    Now I figured out what the wireless is for. I don't need all that. I only have two TVs in the house and I rarely use the second one. It is a smart tv and it has a Roku on it so I can just use it with the antenna or with Netflix.
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Periodic software updates. Also, the box likes to have a network connection for thumbnails and to tell TiVo what programs you watch. It's also needed to synchronize your box with TiVo Online.

    If it comes down to getting the TiVo and you find the wireless inadequate, there are wireless bridges that will work just fine.
  5. al_wilson2

    al_wilson2 Member

    Sep 14, 2016
    I've had great success with this specific model of powerline adapter. I run 3 mini's on it with no issues. My roamio is connected to the router via this powerline adapter also.

    My setup is, powerline adapter connected to one port on my ASUS router. Roamio connected to another powerline. One bedroom has mini attached to powerline adapter. Another bedroom has a switch attached to powerline, with mini and slingbox attached to switch. Basement has a switch attached to powerline. On that switch are numerous devices (mini, xbox one, xbox 360, AV receiver, computer, etc.). I have almost zero issues. Maybe once a month I might have to pull the adapter on my router and plug it back in. I virtually have a wired network throughout the house, and I can stream live TV to all 3 minis simultaneously. The catch is to ensure that each powerline is plugged directly into the wall, and not into any kind of power strip. I've also had issues with other powerlines. This is the only model I recommend or use.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018
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  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Just a differing experience: I've had no noticeable issue with the Bolt and OTA reception.
    Just do make sure that the Roamio OTA has a lifetime subscription--the original ones didn't.
    Another voice here: I haven't had that issue.
    I had checked at eBay earlier today, and found both new and used Roamio OTAs available, at lower prices.
    Personally, I haven't had an issue with a renewed Roamio OTA directly from TiVo, and it carries the regular TiVo warranty (albeit, which is limited to begin with).
  7. johnpowers

    johnpowers Member

    Nov 6, 2016
    Hope you can find an Roamio OTA. I love mine. Best investment I have made. ROI was a less than one year.
  8. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Forever is a long time to be paying monthly. They should offer some sort of subscription where you pay a large sum upfront and then get service on a Tivo for as long as that Tivo still functions w/o ever having to pay anything more.
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  9. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

    May 28, 2005
    New Mexico...
    Gee, isn't that EXACTLY what a "Product Lifetime" or "All In" service subscription is?
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  10. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    I believe scandia is pulling my chain because I said subscription fee is "forever". He's a very literal guy. Of course I didn't mean until the end of time itself. That's ridiculous. So nobody is confused and thinks that they, their children, their children's children, and so on, will be paying Tivo indefinitely, I'll edit my original post.
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  11. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Uhm, no. Not even close. My point was that paying monthly is not the only option.
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  12. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    Powerline networking will resolve the issue pretty painlessly and in my experience it's a lot more stable than wireless.

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