Tivo Mini Wifi Adapter

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  1. Nov 22, 2019 #81 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    I hope it lives up to its expectations. Good call.
     
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  3. Nov 22, 2019 #83 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    Close, but it requires external power and is not integrated with the Mini VOX which uses the USB port only.
     
  4. Nov 22, 2019 #84 of 199
    Mike Campbell

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    I'm glad I procrastinated and didn't order something else. Time to call TiVO!
     
  5. Nov 22, 2019 #85 of 199
    Mikeguy

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    Thanks for the mention--looks very nice and at a great price. Note that Amazon also sells a "renewed" version of this TP-Link AC750 extender/bridge/access point, saving another $7. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V2R7W11/ref=dp_cr_wdg_tit_rfb

    This could be a good alternative to the TiVo wireless adapter, in the face of certain aspects/limitations of the TiVo adapter: the TiVo adapter requires the TiVo TE4 user interface on the connected TiVo box (will this ever expand to TE3 UI compatibility?)--for some people, this could be a deal-breaker, including in view of TiVo's recent push of ads onto the TE4 platform; the TiVo adapter requires a 5G wireless network--some people with older routers may not have that; it's limited to the Mini VOX at the present time; and it looks like the TiVo adapter does not include, as had been discussed by TiVo earlier, the capability to establish a direct, external router-less connection between the Mini VOX and the master TiVo box--thereby eliminating a potential major advantage of it. Plus, as you said, there's the price issue (but I'd be fine enough with that--this is a one-time purchase, and not an expensive one--but for the other factors).
     
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  6. Nov 22, 2019 #86 of 199
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    Right. I just sent my nephew yesterday a similar Netgear AC750 model, $26.49 total from Amazon. Plenty of options in the $30-50 price range.

    I'll withhold judgment though. If this TiVo adapter works without fail, I'd probably pay the extra cash to save an outlet and an ethernet cable.
     
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  7. Nov 23, 2019 #87 of 199
    drweb

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    I'm interested. Saw the product on Amazon,
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...b597ffd1a3956aa3c233d9e7d031ca&language=en_US

    My question for all is I haven't got a Mini yet, so it will ONLY work with Mini VOX? Seems true, like confirmation here. I have a TV in my den/office, and would like to watch/use TiVo BOLT in the living room, but the barrier has always been no Ethernet there or MoCa seemed difficult to setup (I know, many can do it.. I'm not real great at that).. so it looks like maybe Black Friday buy a Mini VOX and this adapter, and I should be go to go. My ASUS Router has wifi in both ranges, I think 2.4 and 5, so I hope the streaming is okay. My Internet is pretty robust, Internet medium level via COX. Thanks for any advice, or input.
    Best,
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  8. Nov 23, 2019 #88 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    No one knows since no one has one and there is no manual to read. It depends if it needs some TiVo software to setup. Are you using TE4? What model router?

    BTW, my Mini VOX on TE4 uses a DAP-1650 to communicate with my router downstairs. All my Mini boxes use a wireless adapter.
     
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  9. Nov 23, 2019 #89 of 199
    drweb

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    Thanks, Joe.. yes, it's just out.. I'm on the new UI, don't have much issues with it, like others do. I see some pre-rolls, but I skip them quickly.
    And TiVo+ is just a hoot, not much there.
    So, I'll just wait and see, and keep an eye out for reviews/posts, etc. Not going to order as yet. Thanks again,
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  10. Nov 23, 2019 #90 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    See my edit.
     
  11. Nov 23, 2019 #91 of 199
    drweb

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    Thanks, but I don't think I'll need an extender, we'll see perhaps.
    Curious, how are you connected via wireless adapters to your VOX? A third-party setup/product?
    Best,
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  12. Nov 23, 2019 #92 of 199
    Mikeguy

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    The specs in the Amazon.com listing only mention the adapter for use with the Mini VOX device. In a Q&A answer there, WeaKnees.com (a TiVo device specialist store) states that the adapter only works with the A95 Mini (aka the Mini VOX), and likewise notes at its own website product page that the adapter is compatible with the A95 Mini running on the TE4 platform. One of TiVo's chiefs stated here earlier, before the adapter's release, that TiVo is hopeful of expanding the device to the second-generation Mini as well.
     
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  13. Nov 23, 2019 #93 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    Ethernet from all My TiVo boxes goes to the bridges. Right now I'm using DAP-1650, RE6500 and RE500D. I use a Netgear R8300 router. The R8000 is more powerful, but it's ugly.
     
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  14. Nov 23, 2019 #94 of 199
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    People are using a WiFi bridge (e.g. the TP-Link AC750) connected wirelessly to their router, and connected via ethernet cable to the Mini's ethernet port, to "fool" the Mini into thinking that it is connected to the master TiVo box via ethernet (since the Mini, up until now, didn't allow a direct wireless connection).
     
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  15. Nov 23, 2019 #95 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    Release notes have been published. Copy in the 21.9.6.v5 forum.
     
  16. Nov 23, 2019 #96 of 199
    drweb

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    Thanks, that helps me see. Just not an option for me. Have read up on bridge and MoCa, just don't want to go there for my simple single setup. I think the wireless adapter with a Mini VOX is the way I'll go, depending on the price options over sales upcoming. Thanks for your advice!
     
  17. Nov 23, 2019 #97 of 199
    JoeKustra

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    Who said MoCA? The difference between the wireless bridges mentioned and the wifi 5 is all my bridges support at least four devices at once, work on either 2.4HGz and both 5GHz bands. But they do need external power. But it's your money. Plus you get that outstanding TiVo support. o_O
     
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  18. Nov 23, 2019 #98 of 199
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    I'm not quite sure why it wouldn't be an option for you (there's no MoCA involved--there seems to have been a short-circuit here): the only differences between the 2 setups are, (1) with the TiVo adapter, it connects directly to the Mini via the Mini's USB port*--with a 3rd party WiFi bridge, it connects to the Mini via a (short--it could be 6"--or whatever length you have) ethernet cable** connected to the WiFi bridge's ethernet port and then plugged into the Mini's ethernet port, thereby making the connection similar to that with the TiVo adapter, just using different ports on the Mini; (2) the third-party WiFi bridge will need to be plugged into a power source, whereas the TiVo adapter gets its power through the connection to the Mini's USB port; and (3) a third-party WiFi bridge likely will involve a bit more setup than the TiVo adapter--but just the standard setup for a WiFi bridge.

    But I certainly can see an ease-of-setup advantage (for a price) of using the TiVo adapter, assuming that one is on the TE4 platform or deigns to move to it, has a 5Ghz router, and (at least right now) has a Mini VOX. My TiVo Wireless G adapter for my Series 2 TiVo box was an almost purely plug-'n-play joy.

    * Although, given the tightness of the space on the back of the Mini, it seems that many (or most/all?) people instead will have to attach a provided USB extension cable to the USB port of the back of the Mini, and the TiVo adapter to that.

    ** Just to be clear, this is just a piece of "independent" ethernet cable--it has nothing to do with your house's ethernet wiring, your MoCA setup, etc.
     
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  19. Nov 23, 2019 #99 of 199
    Mikeguy

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    After this debut, I think I need to fish and try out the spare WiFi bridge/access point/extender I've had around. I wonder how a Mini VOX will do with a 5-year-old N bridge. ;)
     
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    Before somebody asks, the wall wart on a Mini VOX is 12V @ 1.5A. That should be ample power for WiFi 5. But should I be a b* and start a thread "WiFi 5 Disconnects"? I'll wait.
     

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