Tivo Mini Wifi Adapter

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  1. JoeKustra

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    I wish TiVo had made the signal strength dynamic. But you can go back a page and then forward to see changes. A longer USB extension might help to find a sweet spot. a few feet away from the Mini VOX I have an A93 Mini using a RE6500 as a wireless bridge. It has a -60dbm signal, runs 24/7 and never disconnects. It's my bedroom Mini. The kitchen A93 Mini was the one I referenced in my previous post. It's on the same floor as the router.
     
  2. NYHeel

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    Can I just use any USB WiFi adapter and avoid paying $60 for the TiVo branded one? I just got a Mini Vox and the Ethernet hookup in that room isn’t working for some unknown reason. I’m not willing to spend $60 on top of the Mini Vox just to get wireless internet working.
     
  3. Mikeguy

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    Other manf. WiFi bridges will work as well (and this is what people have done for years), some at ~half the cost of the TiVo WiFi bridge; I believe models that people are using have been posted earlier in this thread (or elsewhere)--e.g. the TP-Link AC750. YMMV, of course.
     
  4. NYHeel

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    I just ordered the TP-Link AC750. We'll see how it does.

    With that said, I do have a few USB Wireless adapters lying around the house. Would those work or is the TiVo branded one the only USB adapter that will work?
     
  5. JoeKustra

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    The Mini will probably not recognize the device. Every device has a unique PID and VID. If those USB adapter do not need a driver installed they might work, but none have been found to replace the TiVo Wireless G adapter that is also USB.

    I have used RE6500, WUMC710, DAP-1650, TEW-800MB, EX7000 and (right now) a RE580D as wireless bridges with Mini and their hosts. This PC is sharing a port on the RE540D also. Refurb from a major seller should be considered. Use Google.
     
  6. Mikeguy

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    So, Joe, you've had a TiVo Mini Wireless Adapter for awhile, now. Any further conclusions/impressions between it and the other wireless bridges you've used with your Minis?
     
  7. JoeKustra

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    Sorry. Signal and thoughput are the same as my other bridges. I don't use it a lot, but it works fine. It is one floor and one room from my router. I have a RE6500 about a foot away that feeds my TE3 A83 Mini. I should also mention that the host for my Mini VOX is using its internal wireless. No network problems either.
     
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  8. blackngold75

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    I setup my first Mini last week and am using the TiVo WiFi adapter. Pretty easy setup (you first have to set up the Mini via Ethernet before swapping to the wifi adapter). The Mini is located one floor above the router. So far, everything has worked perfectly. I see the simple setup as the value in the TiVo WiFi adapter.
     
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  9. JoeKustra

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    I may have found a slight problem and would like confirmation. Since it's the last day of the month, I reset everything. I powered off my Mini VOX. It was off for over 30 minutes. When I applied power it failed to obtain an IP address (using DHCP). I had to select the DHCP option so it would ask for an IP address. It's fine now, and this is the first time I removed power since installing the adapter. Note that the network was running for three hours and all other devices were fine. I have about 13 things on wireless at this time.
     
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    bluelinex

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    I have tryied everything but the COMCAST signal is too strong, over 100% so my WiFi set up is hit and miss. Anyone with COMCAST check your signal before you put down your cash. For me a waste of $175 and $50 for the WiFi add on!!
     
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    JoeKustra

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    I find it amazing that a router cares. Perhaps your cable modem is getting a signal that is too strong. What model is the modem and/or router? Anyhow, if the wifi 5 is getting a signal that is too strong, cover some of it with foil. In diagnostics, the display will update if you go back one menu then back to the diag screen.

    BTW, Comcast doesn't feed your Mini. That's done with your router. How strong is the modem's signal?
     
  12. Jan 6, 2020 #172 of 222
    bluelinex

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    WiFi signal is 100% must be 80-99% to work right,got that from TIVO.
    I have the new gateway (router & modem in one unit) it's the newest one COMCAST has. The old one that I had would drop the WiFi signal. With COMCAST you have too little or too much they stink. I live in a gated community FIOS is not available here only COMCAST. No poles everything is under ground, I think that's why they are not here. I'm stuck with them!
     
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    JoeKustra

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    Whisper. My Mini VOX has the wifi 5 and it has 65% signal and no problems. I wouldn't want to scare it. :) If you think the signal is too strong, just wrap some foil around it.

    Never listen to TiVo.
     
  14. Jan 9, 2020 #174 of 222
    bluelinex

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    The problem is the signal at the TIVO box itself not the MIMI. If you go into the TIVO vido info you will see each tuner listed and the signal will be 0-100%. You can't do this with the MINI it has no tuners it's just a receiver for the main TIVO box MoCa, WiFi or cable hook up via e-cable hook up.
     
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    JoeKustra

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    Sorry, I thought we were posting about the signal strength of the Mini wifi 5 adapter. All my Roamio channels are 90% with 36dB SNR.
     
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    bluelinex

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    That's very good, my channels are 100% 41to43db too high. If it says 100% it could be 101 or 4 or 12 the scale only goes up to 100%
     
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    blackngold75

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    Can't Comcast install some sort of attenuator so that signal is not too strong coming in? That would be on them to deliver a signal that you can actually use.
     
  18. bluelinex

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    COMCAST is only woried about COMCAST. All of their stuf is working well the picture is perfect sound is good cable card is ok. I've been told by them that it's a TIVO problem.
     
  19. JoeKustra

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    Can't we post about the TiVo WiFi 5 adapter? There are many threads, generic, Comcast and hardware specific about cable signal levels.
     
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  20. blackngold75

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    Yup. Sorry we strayed... I thought the original message was a signal too strong for the Wifi adapter, then it turned into something else.

    So, back to the main topic: my new (a few weeks ago) Mini Vox with WiFi5 have been rock solid. I'm very happy with this purchase. :)
     
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