Tivo Mini Wifi Adapter

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  1. jlb

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    Sorry for not seeing your question until now. What I meant is I would be ok just watching whatever content I stream via my apple TV. But now that we are moved and have great wifi coverage and the room where the mini would go is directly overhead of the router, I may try going wifi.
     
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    jlb

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    Annnnnnnd, my mini has to hold off for now....call it the curse of two prong outlets.
     
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    Mr.Broncosfan

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    Ok, just to confirm. I could use the GWU637 adapter to plug into my A92 mini, which will then connect to my (non-hydra) Roamio via wifi?
     
  4. HerronScott

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    Yes, although you are connecting the Mini to the adapter via Ethernet. :)

    Scott
     
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  5. Mr.Broncosfan

    Mr.Broncosfan Mesa, AZ

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    Thanks for the advice. It took about 2 minutes to hook up yesterday and it's working great!
     
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  6. jimpmc

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    I have the TP-Link AC-750 that I was hoping to use with a A93 Mini that I should have in a few days. Did you have to do any special configuration with the TPLink or on your router?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5RCZQH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  7. robr

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    Does only the tivo mini vox support a wifi adapter or would the original 1080p tivo mini also support it? I am setting up a TV outdoors and am planning to put a tivo mini in the bathroom near the tv location outside (hopefully the RF remote will be in range). The bathroom obviously has no cable jack or ethernet so I'm looking to connect the tivo mini to my bolt wirelessly. I don't really need 4K outside so was thinking of just buying the much cheaper mini rather than the 4k vox. Thanks!
     
  8. JoeKustra

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    Only the Mini VOX running TE4 will function with their adapter. However there are several Ethernet wireless bridges that can do it. BTW, the Mini never "talks" to the host. It "talks" to the router. A good router helps.

    I have never tested the Mini A93 on TE4 with the adapter, so I'm playing the odds. Also, I'm using a Mini VOX and the Mini is one floor above my router. My router is very good.
     
  9. robr

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    Thanks for all that info, I don't run Hydra so that's out. Sounds like the ideal path might be Tivo Mini (non Vox) with an ethernet bridge. Any specific recommendations there or just any 5GHz wifi bridge?
     
  10. JoeKustra

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    It's all about $$$$. I use RE6500, WUMC710, DEP-1650, EX7000 and RE580D. The RE580D is the easiest to configure. The others are really range extenders but do work. But as I said, the router is very important. I like my Netgear R8300, and the R8000 is ok too. Both are ugly. While Ethernet, MoCA and powerline are used by many, I can live with the 99% reliability of the bridge.

    Right now my two A93 and they are using RE6500. My PC, two Roamio, and a Premiere are using the RE650D.
     
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  11. robr

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    I work for a company that among other things builds routers, extenders and develops the firmware. I am a technical PM for that team so in general I have a pretty solid network, but every now and then I have to load beta firmware or use pre-production hardware. I try to limit that though to avoid the family yelling at me that their wifi isn't working :D. Thanks for the info on the extenders, I'll add one to the ever growing shopping list for this backyard project.
     
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  12. azmojo

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    So I have a Tivo Bolt and a Tivo Mini Vox. Just moved and can't get the wired Ethernet to work so I bought the Tivo Mini Wifi adapter but I can't get it to work. According to the documents I need to update the Tivo Mini's software (v 20.7) but it won't update. I am running TE3 on my Tivo Bolt, is that why the software won't update on my Mini?
     
  13. JoeKustra

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    The TiVo Mini VOX Wifi 5 adapter only works with TE4. 21.10.1.10.v8 is the current software. At this time, MoCA, Ethernet, Powerline and wireless bridges are suggested (in that order). Both of my A93 Mini use wireless bridges. They make Ethernet testers. Check Amazon.
     
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  14. krkaufman

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    What does this mean, specifically? You have an Ethernet jack through which you can't get ANY device to connect, or just the TiVo Mini VOX?

    Separately, does the Mini VOX location have a coax outlet?
     
  15. azmojo

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    Thanks. I tried Moca, both of my Tivos can find each other but then we have no outside internet access because you have to turn of Ethernet to enable Moca. How does that usually work?
     
  16. lhvetinari

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    Yes. The Mini's software mirrors the host Bolt - so in this case, you would upgrade the Bolt and then the Mini would follow.

    However, for the Mini to get the upgrade, you would need to get it connected to the network so it can download the update.

    If possible, I'd advise using MoCA to avoid the wireless. Otherwise, if you want to stay with TE3, you can use a travel router as a wifi-to-ethernet bridge.
     
  17. lhvetinari

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    Set the Bolt to Bridge mode (connect it to the Ethernet to get internet access, then go into the network screen, turn MoCa on and select Set Up as Bridge). This will connect the coax segment to the ethernet network thru the Bolt and get your Mini working, assuming it's connected to a coax jack.

    Otherwise, if you're all wired for Ethernet, why use moca at all?
     
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  18. azmojo

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    I should have been more specific. I have ethernet cable testers and I spent several days looking at this and my conclusion is that the existing wiring is a no-go.
    Yes, it does have coax, see my prior post. I don't understand how to get Moca to work and still have an Internet connection.
     
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  19. krkaufman

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    Something seems amiss in that MoCA configuration.

    The instructions provided above should get you going:
    Once the BOLT is setup as the MoCA bridge, you'll just need to remove the Ethernet cable from the Mini, then configure it for a MoCA client connection.

    Two caveats to this simple MoCA setup:
    • If you already have a MoCA bridge enabled on your coax (such as if your cable gateway supports MoCA), enabling a second bridge in the BOLT will likely cause problems;

    • If/when you have MoCA working properly, you'd want to ensure that you have a "PoE" MoCA filter installed, at your cable signal's point-of-entry to your residence, to prevent your MoCA signals from slipping out onto the provider's premise (and possibly to a neighbor's).
     
  20. krkaufman

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    Is Ethernet not working for just the Mini, or for *any* of your outlets?

    If the BOLT can't be connected via Ethernet to your router, then you'd need a standalone MoCA adapter to establish the MoCA network for your coax segment (unless you have a combo cable modem/router with built-in MoCA bridging), and *then* you could configure both the BOLT and Mini as MoCA clients, networking with each other and your router over the coax. An example for this type of setup is pictured below:

    MoCA - simple cable setup.png
    (switch at BOLT optional)​

    edit: p.s. Are you tuning OTA or cable (CableCARD) with your BOLT?

    p.p.s. Bottom line: It sounds like you should be able to get MoCA working, so I'd recommend that as the primary focus, rather than the wireless adapter. (At least assuming the coax wiring was implemented better than the Cat* wiring.) And you may want to start a separate thread for troubleshooting the MoCA setup, to keep this one focused on the new TiVo wireless adapter.

    edit: p.p.p.s. See >here< for an assortment of MoCA adapters; the goCoax MoCA 2.5 adapter is the best value, price/performance-wise.
     
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