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TiVo Mini VOX/4K reviews and comments thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by Mikeguy, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. Nov 30, 2017 #81 of 116
    erpeters33

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    Going to return my Vox and mini Vox. Too many bugs. Terrible. Channels blink out every few seconds. Recorded shows migrated from my old Tivo won’t play reliably. Channel changing dog slow. I have an all GigE home network and yet this whole thing just fails. Epic epic fail by TiVo. And a shame because there’s a lot I actually like about the new UI.
     
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  2. Dec 1, 2017 #82 of 116
    aaronwt

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    I'm glad I'm having none of those issues with my Vox mini and my TiVos on Hydra.

    Channels don't blink out. I can watch any show that was transferred prior to or after Hydra. And channel changing is the same as it was before Hydra.
     
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  3. Dec 1, 2017 #83 of 116
    GinoDivx

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    I noticed many people here were not able to pair Vox remote with Vox Mini. I am in the same boat - I have a downgraded Vox mini, and the remote only works in IR mode. Is there a known pairing procedure for downgraded Vox minis? Thanks!
     
  4. Dec 1, 2017 #84 of 116
    Phil T

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    I got my Mini VOX today. I put the batteries in the remote before I powered up the Mini and the remote did not pair. I was able to manually pair it under remote settings.

    Just a point of interest: I have been using a Mini V2 with Cisco WET610N wireless bridge. It is not recommended but has been working great. I hooked the Mini VOX to the bridge and it did not like it. Unwatchable breakups on live TV. Not a big deal, just swapped the Mini V2 back and all is well. Maybe because the Mini VOX demands more network resources?

    I put the VOX on my 52" Sony in the basement with wired ethernet and it is working fine.
     
  5. Dec 1, 2017 #85 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    I'm going to connect my Mini VOX tomorrow. I'm going to be using a port on a RE6500. I have two v2 Mini boxes and a TV on it already. I'll let you know if it has any problems. Today I ran (on a v2) YouTube video for an hour without any problems. That Cisco looks like the WUMC710 that I have used without problems, but it's 802.11ac.
     
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  6. Dec 2, 2017 #86 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    Mini installed. Two quick observations. The remote seems to have issues. Frequent stuttering.

    Great news for some people: the RJ-45 Ethernet connection doesn't have LEDs. No more blinking.

    With sound effects on, and you go to a program with DD, they stay off even when you go back to TiVo central and no Video Window.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2017 #87 of 116
    Phil T

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    How does it do with your RE6500?
     
  8. Dec 2, 2017 #88 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    No problems. Anything you want me to test? I was able to watch a recording from a Roamio on 20.7.4 but didn't spend time with anything else. Note that its host, a Roamio on RC9, could not watch the same program. V111 error.

    It sits next to a pair of v2 Mini boxes, so I missed the LED blinking right away.
     
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  9. Dec 2, 2017 #89 of 116
    I WANT MORE

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    Got my Vox mini, it was already registered to my account, hooked it up, put batteries in the remote and away we go. No problems.
    Well, except for the Amazon app not taking my password but worked around that.
    Happy camper thus far.
     
  10. Dec 3, 2017 #90 of 116
    Phil T

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    I tried swapping the V2 and VOX Minis again yesterday. The VOX works OK for a while on the wireless but then started throwing V66 errors. Works fine on wired ethernet. The V2 is happy on wireless. I am considering running RG6 to the bedroom so I can do MOCA. I am just nervous that my 5 year old wireless bridge is not a long term solution for the bedroom TV.
     
  11. Dec 3, 2017 #91 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    Never saw a V66 error. I'm running RC9 on both boxes and I expect RC11 to be sent out soon. Only 25% of the credit goes to my RE6500. The rest is for the R8000 router.

    Only Hydra error so far is V111 on Roamio when trying to play a recording on either 20.7.2 Roamio boxes. No error on the Mini VOX.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2017 #92 of 116
    sonicboom

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    Just installed a VOX mini, replacing my gen 2 mini.

    So far - disappointed!
    • It connects to the TiVo service. Check!
    • It streams recorded shows from my romeo. Check!
    • It streams Netflix. Check!
    • It does NOT stream live tv from the Romeo. Wait - What!?
    Live tv channels stream for about 1-2 minutes and then stop with a V87 error.

    I use MOCA for the network connection.
    Not a network problem, as other streaming content works.
    Plus - My gen 2 TiVo mini worked flawlessly - and all I did here was swap it out for the VOX.

    Of course in the process I had to change my Romeo to the new user experience.
    The new UI is very different - too soon to judge, but first impression is one thumbs down.

    Regardless of the GUI, without the ability to watch live TV... it’s going back.
     
  13. Dec 4, 2017 #93 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    I replaced a v1 Mini with a VOX. It streams (recordings) from my Roamio on 20.7.4 fine, and from its host on Hydra fine. Its host Roamio can't stream from the non-Hydra Roamio (V111 error). Using wired Ethernet to a wireless bridge.
     
  14. Dec 4, 2017 #94 of 116
    sonicboom

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    TiVo rushed the mini VOX out the door. It is not ready for prime time. Buyer beware.
    This is coming from a guy who bought the first TiVo ever, and has been a long time no drama customer.

    2 hours on the phone with TiVo support, rebooting this & that, connecting to TiVo service again and again, pulling plugs.

    VOX is buggy.

    I swapped out a next-gen mini with the VOX, same hook ups (moca) - and now I’m worse off then before. After the support marathon, NOTHING streams.

    TiVo support then said, pull out the coax for an hour, then retry - and then they hung up.
    What!?

    Not to mention, TiVo support would be closed for business by then.

    Not happy with TiVo right now.

    The VOX will most likely go back (I have a couple more experiments to try).
    And now Im stuck with this ****** new TiVo user interface.
    It’s slow, unintuitive, buggy, and unresponsive at times.
    Is it too much to ask, when I press the guide button, that the guide come up?

    The family is not happy with me.

    You let me down TiVo.
     
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  15. Dec 4, 2017 #95 of 116
    Phil T

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    I ran some RG6 yesterday to the bedroom and set up the Bolt VOX, Mini V2 and Mini VOX on Moca. I used a 4 way splitter I picked up at Home Depot. Everything is running great and the Mini's seem to be more responsive. Stopped by the Comcast office today and they are installing a POE/Moca filter for free tomorrow.
     
  16. Dec 5, 2017 #96 of 116
    aaronwt

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    My Mini Vox has been working great. The only issues I've run into are the hydra bugs. Otherwise it has been rock solid connected to my GigE network and streaming from two Bolts and a Roamio. It's the only TiVo I use in my UHD setup now. I put my Bolts in a different room since they can be a little noisy. While the Mini Vox is silent.

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  17. Dec 5, 2017 #97 of 116
    JoeKustra

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    I'll go one step further. The Mini Vox is working better than its host Roamio. The Mini can play transferred recordings, the host can not. Only issue with the Mini: that glossy black surface shows dust quickly. :) Ok, I'm single.
     
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  18. Dec 5, 2017 #98 of 116
    FishTank1701

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    Is the newest Mini the first model that allows commercial skip? It’ll be replacing an old two-tuner Premier that’s getting twitchy. It’ll be hard wired, and connected to an older 1080p TV, so 4K isn’t a big deal, but I’d really like to have the skip feature that my Bolt+ has.


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  19. Dec 5, 2017 #99 of 116
    aaronwt

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    My Gen 1 Mini does commercial skip too. They all do. But I guess it might be tied to the host TiVo? Roamios and later have commercial skip.
     
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  20. Dec 5, 2017 #100 of 116
    gweempose

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    Do you have to run Hydra on a Mini Vox? I'm thinking about buying one, but it seems like there are a lot of bugs with Hydra. For the time being, I'd prefer to run the classic UI, and then upgrade to Hydra down the road. FYI, I am not currently running Hydra on any of my TiVos.
     

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