Tivo Mini Wifi Adapter

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  1. Dec 3, 2019 #141 of 197
    JoeKustra

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    Answer from TiVo on Twitter:

    As of the moment, we still have no information when it'll be available on Amazon.
     
  2. Dec 3, 2019 #142 of 197
    Mikeguy

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    Got it, and totally understandable--that buys a cheap lunch at Wendy's/McD's/BK.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2019 #143 of 197
    JoeKustra

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    Early arrival. Received my adapter today. I pulled the Ethernet cable and inserted the USB cable with the WiFi 5 at the end. I just left it hang over the side of the furniture since the router is on a floor below. I went to Network Settings and there was a WiFi option. I selected it and then selected my channel 36 (it did give me the choice of channel 149). I entered my password and was done. Since the MAC address is on the adapter, and I wanted to set a reservation, I checked where my router stuck it. Then I made the reservation, power cycled the Mini and it picked up the new IP address. The Mini's MAC is blocked. It's running a live TV channel now and things look good. There's a button on side "for future use". After it runs for a few hours I'll try YouTube. If you are running v5, then no update is required. Just pull the Ethernet cable. If it acts like other TiVo equipment, it will kill the WiFi if I plug in the Ethernet cable. I need to test that. I show a signal strength of 62%. (of what?).
     
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  4. Dec 7, 2019 #144 of 197
    Mikeguy

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    Will be interesting to hear your comparison of the adapter's performance to the performance with your WiFi bridge setup.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2019 #145 of 197
    JoeKustra

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    So far the only difference between the DAP-1650 and the wifi 5 is the physical differences between the units. The short cable supplied with the wifi 5, and the Velco pads are going to limit a few users with placement. I do wish they had made the signal level measurement work in real time. Otherwise I can detect no changes in performance. The host display of an active Mini VOX was the TSN. Now it's:

    Mini VOX 4k
    mini 4K

    I will take a picture, but it will display what I just typed, including capitalization. I have seen that before, so it may be just a random choice by the host. I'm using a Roamio, so I don't expect real speed. Since it is sucking less than 20Mhz of bandwidth from my router and bridges I can't see any network effects. In fact, while viewing a 1080i real time TV channel on the Mini I transferred a program from another Roamio to a different Roamio. I still get 93Mbps.
     
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  6. rrrccc01

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    Has anyone tried plugging this into an older Mini, pre VOX?
     
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  7. JoeKustra

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    You need the v5 VOX software for the user interface. See:

    Tivo Customer Support Community

    But that isn't 100% correct. If I load TE4 on an A92 or A93 Mini it should work. But I haven't tested it.

    If a wireless connection is all you need, there are cheaper solutions also. I have two A93 Mini using wireless bridges.
     
  8. krkaufman

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    Source.

    Feel robbed by Tivo
     
  9. JoeKustra

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    I can confirm that an A93 Mini running TE4 does not work with the wifi 5 adapter. There is no choice for WiFi in the selection screen.
     
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  10. rrrccc01

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    Thanks for the real answer to my question
     
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  11. bluelinex

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    I have a new Mini Vox and the WiFi adapter from TIVO. I have Comcast so no Mocan set up. It worked well for about 2 days then it would lose connection to my main TIVO. Called support 4 times they got it running and after a day or so the same thing would happen. Then it would not work at all. On the fourth call they kept me on hold for 15-20 min when they came back they told me that an update will be coming in the next 3 to 5 business days that should fix the issue. Just keep it on line and keep you fingers crossed. If this keeps being a problem I will send it back. 170 & 50 for the USB not cheap!!
     
  12. rrrccc01

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    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have the Google wifi mesh and had an extra access point, I bought a 3 pack and only needed two. I used the extra point to join the mesh, next to my mini which provided an Ethernet port which runs over the mesh wifi and it's working flawlessly. Sure it's a $75 solution but it works.
     
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  13. bluelinex

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    Thanks for the info. Will let you know in about a week if they solve my problem. If not I will send it back.
     
  14. bluelinex

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    On Saturday morning I got an E mail from TIVO that an update was sent to my Mini Vox. I was to force a conection to the TIVO service and right after that is compleated to do the same thing again. I did this and my Mini Vox is now up and runing, but a few of my HD chanials are still having some sound problems. I will let TIVO know about this and see what happens.
     
  15. JoeKustra

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    Did the software version change?
     
  16. azmp1

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    Jut a suggestion for an alternative, I use apple airport express in bridge mode on several of my minis where I don’t have Ethernet available. Rock solid. And they cheap too, you can get the v2 for around $30 on eBay.


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  17. buildersboy66

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    Set up my neighbors new mini and wifi adapter. Was it a glitch free process?...no. Worked through it and the mini and wifi adapter is solid. He is running a Bolt with two version 2 minis via moca, and now the new mini vox with wifi adapter. Comcast is the provider. A lot of the issues people are having is not defective equipment. It is the lack of understanding how to get out of the roadblocks during installation. TiVo sure does not make it easy to get up and running for the novice individuals. Neighbor has reported no issues four days up and running.
     
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  18. bluelinex

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    First off I don't know if the software # changed, I didn't make note of it before they sent an update to my Mini Vox. It's up and running now but I still have a sound issue on some of my HD channels. After calling support again and having them look at my entire TIVO setup this is what I found out about the Mini WiFi set up. First off the signal must be 80 to 99% for the Mini Vox to work well. Notice the 99% not 100% if the signal is over 99% it will cause sound and picture problems!!! If it says 100% it could be 102 or 3 or 10 the Mini will only go up to 100% on the scale. So that's my problem I have too strong a signal going to my Mini Vox. So I'm to call Comcast and tell them to give me a weaker signal!!! You've got to be kidding they will hang up on me if I tell them that. Last night the Mini Vox worked well, I was able to play back my recordings with no sound or picture problems. Tonight who knows. For the record my main TIVO works with no problems I purchased it from Weeknees almost 5 years ago, it has an upgraded hard drive. The extra money spent was well worth it.
     
  19. JoeKustra

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    Ever think that a cable modem doesn't display its signal as a percentage? TiVo uses code to convert a signal level to a percentage which varies with platform. I saw posted that the EDGE now has the same code for OTA and cable, so 90% is where its AGC circuit takes the signal. If TiVo would just show the signal as a voltage like a modem, we wouldn't have to guess if its 101% or 120%. But it's just another item on my wish list. My Mini VOX wifi 5 has a signal of 60%. My basic Roamio on cable has a 90% signal. Both work just fine. The signal level on the wireless bridge that feeds my A93 Mini is -48dbm.
     
  20. bluelinex

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    My wireless bridge level is 52dbm. TOO HIGH. I've set my recordings on the problem HD channels to SD and it works well, not all of my HD channels have this problem so its hit and miss for now on for me.
     

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