Tivo Mini Question

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by atomarchio, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. atomarchio

    atomarchio Member

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    Is the older Tivo Mini compatible with the Tivo Bolt? I have 2 Tivo Bolts on lifetime service and would like to know if the Mini can connect to either via wired ethernet. And I don't have to buy any service for the Mini itself, correct?

    Do I need any additional hardware? Or just an available ethernet port on my existing switch?

    Please let me know. Thanks.
     
  2. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Should work.

    There's been recent posts about the 1st gen models kinda dropping like flies, plus issues with YouTube, so I'd probably avoid those.

    Also, they do require a subscription, it's just included with them, technically...

    -KP
     
  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    TiVo officially requires a wired network connection (Ethernet or MoCA, including mixing) for Minis and their host DVR, with the recent exception of the new TiVo Wi-Fi adapter for Mini VOX/LUX units (running TE4/Hydra) — though plenty of people are using DIY wireless setups. YMMV.

    Aside from a working network connection, the boxes just need to be on the same TiVo account.

    As mentioned above, some older A93/A93 units hitting 5 years of age have gone bad, so that’s something to keep an eye on if buying used.

    See also the following thread if either of your BOLTs is running the older TE3/20.* software: Trying to Move Mini from TE4 host to a TE3 Host
     
  4. atomarchio

    atomarchio Member

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    Is it possible to buy a used on off eBay and it not include the lifetime subscription?
     
  5. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yes, but probably only if you buy a Mini that was a provider-leased unit (which will have no possibility of service), rather than retail. Retail Mini’s should report Lifetime service even if not originally purchased with it.
     

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