TiVo Roamio DVR

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    pop98

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    Thinking of upgrading to TiVo Roamio DVR. I noticed in spec's it has wifi. Does this mean a landline is not necessary?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    Yes
     
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    floorabove

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    No landline necessary
     
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    atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    If by landline you mean telephone then no you do not need a landline. Roamios get their guide data and stay in contact with TiVo servers via the Internet. You can use WiFi to connect a Roamio to the Internet however if you are going to use Minis they need to be connect to your Roamio via a wired network (Moca or Ethernet).
     
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    ELPHILLIPS

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    If at all feasible I'd go with Ethernet. It's the most reliable and trouble free.
     
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    abovethesink

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    My Roamio Basic's wifi performance was unacceptably poor. It was awful. I ended up rearranging the entire internet set up of my house to be able to run an ethernet cord to it and it has been flawless ever since.
     
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    tarheelblue32

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    Yeah the internal WiFi on my Roamio is pretty bad too. But if you aren't using any of the streaming apps and are only using the internet connection for guide data and communication with the TiVo mother ship, then it would probably be acceptable.
     
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    jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    That is all its intended for.
     
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    lpwcomp

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    The two have nothing to do with one another. WiFi applies only to your local network. It is not a wireless connection to the internet a la a cell phone. You still need to connect your local network to the internet.
     
  10. ThAbtO

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    Landline is not possible since there is no modem, and its just too slow for the connections.
    Only choices are wireless, Ethernet, MoCa (ethernet via Coax).
     
  11. pop98

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    Does this mean that I can still use wifi for laptop and cellphones and run an ethernet cable from laptop to Tivo?
     
  12. pop98

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    Or would I run ethernet cable from comcast wifi/modem box to Tivo?
     
  13. mdavej

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    Don't do that. Internet connection sharing from a laptop is complicated to set up and pretty pointless if you already have a wifi/modem box (router).

    That will work fine.
     
  14. pop98

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    Thanks for your help.
     
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    I wish. C133 every day.
     
  16. Bigg

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    If you're only looking for guide data, just use the Roamio's Wifi.

    There was another thread about a Series 3 having problems dialing in, and the TiVo support rep posted basically that they still support it for the old Series 3 units, but it would eventually stop working because the amount of data would be too overwhelming. The Roamios never supported dialing in from day one. It makes no sense in this day and age.
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Until recently TiVo sold a USB modem on their website, so they had some way to use a phone to call in. Although with how much the UI depends on a constant connection to TiVo's servers now I'm not sure how well it actually worked.
     
  18. Bigg

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    I thought that was only for the 2-tuner Premieres?
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Might have been. I know I saw it on their accessories page not too long ago. I didn't look at the details to see if it was restricted to a specific box. Perhaps it only worked in the SDUI and that's why it was restricted to the Premiere. That would explain how it actually worked, since the SDUI on the Premier essentially worked the same as the old S3 units.
     
  20. Bigg

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    Yeah, I didn't even think it through that well, but yeah, that would make sense. Then it wouldn't have all the network-dependent stuff, and wouldn't have to deal with Minis and whatnot. Presumably, the Premiere 4 users have cable or FIOS internet, since it's a cable-only device.
     

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