Tivo Mini through a network switch

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  1. JBB1972

    JBB1972 New Member

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    All of the ports are filled on my network router. I have attached a network switch for expansion purposes but my new Tivo Mini won't connect through the switch to the Tivo Roamio Pro. I've seen some threads that relate to this but never any specific instructions. Any help would be great.

    As a side note: I spoke to Tivo support about this and even got to speak with a supervisor and got absolutely nowhere. My initial thought is that Tivo's engineering team needs to get this resolved. Instead of forcing the Tivo Mini to broadcast across all ports to find the Tivo Roamio, it should allow during the setup of the Mini to input the actual IP Address or Name of the Tivo Roamio master. Broadcasting across all open ports on the Network Router (essentially a network hub) is a pretty lazily contrived solution in my opinion. :thumbsdown:
     
  2. fcfc2

    fcfc2 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    Tivo does not support the use of switches, which to me is ridiculous in this day and age, but that is their position. Anyway, a couple things to try, if the Roamio is now connected via the router, move it to the switch. Check your router and if the Tivos show up, try assigning a fixed/ static IP to each of them. Reboot everything, but it still no luck, consider getting a different brand of switch. If it comes to that, go for the 8 way and connect everything but the one port into that switch. Good luck
     
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    Tivo doesn't support troubleshooting with a switch, it's their prerogative to do so, that being said they work just fine on a switch so the issue may be related to the particular switch you have, if it's a "eco" or "green" switch that can be the core issue, myself I prefer the Netgear GS108's for the house and they've always worked.
     
  4. cjgadd3

    cjgadd3 Member

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    I have my Mini connected to a Roamio plus through a Netgear FS105NA 5 port switch with no problems.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    They have to engineer this stuff to work for people who can't tell an IP address from the Gettysburg Address.
     
  6. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    TP-Link switches work as good as Netgear for cheaper.

    Stay away from Dlink or Belkin networking stuff.
     
  7. duckman2000

    duckman2000 New Member

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    Have the wireless router and an 8-port Linksys switch connected to one of the router ports. All the Tivo units (2 Roamios and 3 Mini's and a Stream) are on the separate 8-port switch with assigned static IPs of 192.168.10.20x and everything works fine. I can even turn off the router (leaving the 8-port switch on) and everything still works (of course no outside connection with the router turned off)...
     
  8. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I haven't had any issues with Dlink green 5-port/8-port switches (3 of them all bought used) except for one power brick which I replaced.

    A long time ago, I had a Dlink wireless access point which I preferred to the Netgear as it had better logging.

    Scott
     
  9. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    "192.168.1.1" - A. Lincoln, 1863
     
  10. ferrumpneuma

    ferrumpneuma fading fast

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    Just do the initial setup with the Roamio and Mini on the same router then move the mini to wherever you want on your network.
     
  11. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

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    Wow, just WOW. I can't help but wonder how many switches are involved in the path between TiVo servers and customers homes, when the TiVo phones home for an update, or when streaming from Netflix.
     
  12. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I don't think you understand the switch issue.
     
  13. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps I don't. I'd appreciate a brief description. I do understand the differences between hubs, switches and routers (less so for details of WiFi). I'm also aware of issues that have been attributed to "green" switches. It this something else?

    I think I do understand the extent to which TiVo CSRs sometimes blither ;)
     
  14. andyman58

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    All 3 of my Minis are attached to a "Green" switch for over a year now with no issues. Roamio is hooked up to the router.
     
  15. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

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    While the router/gateway is a bit fancy, all my TiVo's and Mini's are behind switches and I use D-link because it is among less expensive available, and everything works PERFECTLY. As stated, TiVo just does not support troubleshooting with switches. TiVo always recommends MoCA simply because TiVo does not know how good or bad your LAN may be, so MoCA would be, in most cases, be exclusive to your TiVo devices.
     
  16. goodday

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    This does not work. I have having the same issues as OP and have connected Minis via router then put them back in the switch. They work through the switch for a few hours, then go back to not finding the DVR.
     
  17. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Active Member

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    One of the bedroom Minis I have runs through 3 Netgear gigabit switches and it works fine.

    All of my Tivos and Minis run through at least 2 Netgear switches and I don't have any issues.
     
  18. goodday

    goodday New Member

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    Can people share the specific gigabit switches and the model number that work (5-8 ports)? It may be quicker to try a model that works and run a switch just for Tivos. Thank you.
     
  19. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Active Member

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    I use 4 different ones, all Netgear...

    I have 2 GS108
    2 GS105
    1 GS608
    1 FS105

    My 2 Roamios and 2 minis all go through the GS608 first, then...

    My Roamio Plus goes through a GS105.
    My Roamio Basic goes through a GS108 and then through the FS105.
    Mini 1 goes through a GS108 and then another GS108
    Mini 2 goes through a GS108

    So all 2 of my Tivos go through 2 switches and 2 go through 3 switches.

    I think to date, the minis have lost connection maybe twice and that was due to my router going down and it not picking the router connection back up when it rebooted.
     
  20. goodday

    goodday New Member

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    Chuck - Thank you!:eek: Are you running Cat6 for your network? I noticed another poster at a different forum that had a new Cat6 network like mine that was having the same issue as OP.
     

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