Tivo Mini Wifi Adapter

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  1. JoeKustra

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    Thanks. I've run two hours of HD TV and two hours of YouTube children's junk without a dropout. So far, so good. My router is one floor down and one room away. It sits 6 inches from my other bridge (RE6500) that feeds an A93 Mini on a different host and have no problems, but I do have them on different channels.
     
  2. blackngold75

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    I was recently doing some re-configuring in my upstairs room including relocating the TV mount. Over several days I unplugged the Mini multiple times, and every time it came back up correctly and was able to grab an IP address via DHCP every single time.
     
  3. EWiser

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    After testing even with the tivo mini next to a WiFi mesh unit. I bought a TP-Link gigbit powerline setup.
    No drop outs and no losing the tivo bolt rock solid connnection.
     
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    jlb

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    I'm finally moving into a new house and I am going to try my powerline adapters I have when we move. If I Can't get that to work I'll just use my apple TV upstairs. Eventually I may run either ethernet or coax up to the bedroom.
     
  5. Puppy76

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    What do you mean by use your Apple TV? Do you mean use that ability to stream from the TiVo iOS app to the apple TV? Does that work, is it easy?

    So is this wifi adapter working?

    A review on Amazon claims it doesn't work with his Google Wifi because the 2.4 and 5GHz networks share the same name...that sounds nuts though, and is true of my previous two routers too.

    I'm also not sure how you get the Mini to go to sleep or quit streaming or whatever, since I don't want it wasting wifi 24/7 for no reason.
     
  6. JoeKustra

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    Hit the TiVo button. The video will continue if you set the video window option. If you disable the window, video and rf stop. Fifteen minutes later the Mini goes into screen saver mode.

    One SSID sounds stupid for two or three bands. I use one SSID per band.
     
  7. Puppy76

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    Okay, so I guess you can either go through the menus to hit standby, and that shuts off transmitting/frees up the Bolt, OR if you disable the video playback on the menu screens in Hydra, then simply hitting the TiVo button will basically accomplish the same thing, but easier?
     
  8. JoeKustra

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    Yes, but with the EAS test exception.
     
  9. Puppy76

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    What's EAS test exception mean? I feel like I should know and have no clue lol
     
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  10. JoeKustra

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    If a Mini drifts into a screen saver mode due to being ignored, it will be activated and placed on-line if an EAS test (or alert) happens. This wakeup up is ignored if the Mini has been placed into Standby mode. I reliably receive weekly, monthly state-wide and yearly tests.

    If you are watching a recording, you will have that playback aborted also. You can resume when the alert is over.

    Annual tests have changed: Nationwide EAS Test 9/20/18
     
  11. Puppy76

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    Thanks, and WEEEEEEIRD! I mean I'd heard about and received that thing to my cell phone a few years back, I think, (and I get monthly or so alerts during broadcasts, as part of the broadcast itself, and monthly tests of the siren system) but I had no clue my TIVO *itself* would alert! I mean obviously as part of a recording I'd get that, but not to the TiVo itself.

    That's actually pretty cool as I'm using my Tivo way more than I'm using my phone, and I wouldn't mind alerts to more things...although technically my phone is usually on in the other room and I'd probably hear it (maybe...it's also always on like do not disturb mode).
     
  12. mpfeifer

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    I have a Mini Vox with wireless on a Google Wifi. no issues.
     
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  13. Puppy76

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    perfect, thank you!

    it would be bizarre if it didn’t, but that’s what a review on Amazon claimed. Some thing else must have been wrong.

    I’ll probably order it.
     
  14. Mr.Broncosfan

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    Question for you if you don’t mind. I have a A92 mini using Moca and a Roamio on wireless and not running Hydra. I would love to get rid of some wires on my mini. Sounds like a need to at least update my mini to a A93. Will the wireless adapter work with this set up or will I have to update my TiVo to the newer software?
     
  15. JoeKustra

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    I have had mixed results with a wireless TE3 Roamio. But my Roamio and A93 Mini are happy using one of the many wireless bridges. The Roamio shares a RE580D and the Mini shares a RE6500. 99% perfect, and that includes YouTube. But I have a Netgear R8300 router. The wifi 5 USB adapter is TE4 only and I don't know if it will work on an A93. I use an A95 adapter to a Roamio TE4 host.

    BTW, the wifi 5 must be used with an 18" extension cord. You will still have wires. :)
     
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  16. Wayoverpar1

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    The Iogear GWU637 Ethernet 2-WiFi universal adapter will work with the older A92 and A93 mini's. Very easy to set up using WPS and maintains a solid 2.4Ghz connection. The new Tivo WiFi 5 usb adapter is strictly for the A95 Vox and works at the 5Ghz range with has faster throughput. You would have to switch from Moca to Ethernet in order for this to work on your system. You can buy the GWU637 on Amazon or with prices between $35 to $45. I am very pleased with the unit and highly recommend it. Attached are some pictures of my install in an area that I didn't have Ethernet. You mentioned you don't like wires showing. I don't either, so I made a mount to fit on the back of the TV, which makes it easy to hide everything. I also made a shorter Ethernet cord and used a 3 ft HDMI cable.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018YPWORE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     

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    I've got a GWU637 as well. I would only recommend it for the older (A92) minis, not the newer (A95) minis. For some odd reason, the A95 Minis don't chat often enough with the paired Roamio, and the GWU637 goes into low power mode and the A95 mini loses connection to the paired Roamio, not recovering until you power-cycle the GWU637. I haven't noticed that with the A92 Mini.

    But if you can keep the GWU637 from going into power-saving mode, it works great with the A95. I tried the "secret menu" on the GWU637, but with the current firmware, it just puts up a blank page.

    This is with TE3.

    --Carlos V.
     
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  18. Mikeguy

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    Thanks for the warning.
     
  19. lhvetinari

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    Personally, I've been using the TPlink TL-WR802N (N300 nano travel router) in Client mode for my Minis (one A93, one A95). Small enough to sit on top of the Mini, USB powered (so it can get power from the Mini's USB port), and seems to be rock solid.
     
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  20. Unbeliever

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    Since I have an ASUS for my main Wifi, I figured another ASUS product might work better. A couple weeks ago I picked up an ASUS RP-N12 N300 and set it up as a media bridge, and I haven't noticed the loss of connection with the A95 Minis that I noticed with the GWU637.

    --Carlos V.
     

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