Tivo Mini Wifi Adapter

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  1. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I read on another forum that the WiFi adapter blocks the HDMI port and you might need to use the accompanying pigtail on the adapter.
     
  2. Mikeguy

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    Presumably, that's why TiVo supplies it. Would have been better, it seems to me, to design an adapter that fits in well to begin with, if this all is the case--did no one try the adapter in the Mini or notice until it was too late?
     
  3. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they should have either designed the adapter to not block other ports or they should have designed the Mini to have the ports spaced farther apart. It's definitely a design failure on TiVo's part either way. I mean, this is pretty basic stuff. If I were designing the Mini, one of my very first thoughts would be how far apart do the ports need to be.
     
  4. EWiser

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    The mini should have never been designed with out a WiFi chip in the first place.
     
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  5. tarheelblue32

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    Touché.
     
  6. Kennyr35

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    I purchased the adapter and a new mini. I can confirm that you must update the software version on the mini before you can use the adapter. This mean's having a wired connection. Luckily, I was able to disconnect my other Mini and run the update, but there should be some notation on the back of the box saying "requires wired connection to update software". After the update, you run through the setup again with the adapter attached and it will recognize it. I have an ASUS AI Mesh setup in my house, so the 5Ghz band is coming off my node which is a decent signal, but switching channels and loading up content is very slow.
     
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  7. JoeKustra

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    What software version was loaded?
     
  8. Kennyr35

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    21.9.6.v5
     
  9. JoeKustra

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    Thanks. Seems they ship with older software as was posted earlier. I have 21.9.6.v5 but wifi is not an option for networking. It must detect your wifi 5 and adjust that screen. Or there are two versions of v5. Maybe tomorrow I will test that.
     
  10. Kennyr35

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    The TiVo detects the USB being used. The instructions even say to connect the USB before starting the setup (after already updating the software).
     
  11. Myrtledog

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    Well got my adapter today and hooked it up and it’s freezing often. Sometimes it looses audio, freezes and then moves in an odd fast forward as if to catch up.
    It’s actually worse then before I hooked it up...
     
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  12. JoeKustra

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    What model is your router?
     
  13. Myrtledog

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    Hi Joe
    I’m using the Netgear Orbi. It’s been pretty much bulletproof.
     
  14. EWiser

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    So I set up the new WiFi connector on a new TiVo mini running the latest software. I use a Mesh router with an access point 2 feet fro the TiVo mini.
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  15. JoeKustra

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    Ok, that should be good enough. You might try moving the USB cable around. I guess TiVo didn't add diagnostics to the wifi 5?

    I see TiVo suggests laying the adapter on top of the Mini. I don't know about that. That's pretty warm. When Zatz showed it, he put the adapter on the wall which would be my choice even if you need a longer USB cable. It's only USB 2.0 judging from the color of the connector.
     
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  16. EWiser

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    [​IMG][​IMG]When you restart the mini an go to settings > network you will see that WiFi shows up. You then select the WiFi network and enter password. Then restart the mini again and you are using WiFi. I also had to restart my TiVo Bolt too. The live tv signal as well as the recorded shows play smooth. On Ethernet I was seeing some lag in the signal. So far so good.
     
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  17. Mikeguy

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    I realize that it's all about how well the device works, but my TiVo Wireless G Adapter attached to my Series 2 TiVo box just looks heartier/"higher class." (But then, I also liked how the TiVo HD Series 3 box looked.)
     
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    JoeKustra

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    Just saw the official part number is AP0100. Amazon still not in stock.

    I'm giving @TivoSupport a hard time on Twitter now. I think that has moved out-of country also.
     
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    Mikeguy

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    But Joe, why do you care, when you can purchase the adapter from WeaKnees at Amazon.com, for the same price and with free shipping?
     
  20. JoeKustra

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    When I use my Amazon CC on a Prime item I get another 5% off. I'm cheap. :)
     

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