USB C - what works and what doesn't

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  1. May 13, 2020 #1 of 220
    pbb_memphis

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    I connected an Inatek USB C hub to the USB C port. This hub has worked well with a Macbook Air and two Lenovo computers which have TB3 ports. The hub has power delivery, etc. https://www.amazon.com/Inateck-Multi-port-Gigabit-Ethernet-compatible/dp/B07C6NBZG5. At all times below, the hub was connected via the PD USB C port to a 30w USB C apple power brick via a pretty thick USB C to USB C cable. I know power delivery on the hub works because I was able to connect it to the computers and each were powered through the hub.

    I was able to get a wireless Logitech K400+ keyboard connected to the hub via a 2.4hz dongle to work. However, the ENTER key on the keyboard didn't work when I was trying to add a Wifi connection. The trackpad worked (with mouse pointer on screen), but the keyboard didn't fully work. I had to reboot and remove the hub in order to use the onscreen keyboard to add the Wifi connection. The keyboard worked fine in entering usernames and passwords to various streaming services.

    The USB C port on the Stream 4k apparently doesn't accept power via the port. The only way I could get the device to boot was to use the Micro USB connection with the supplied brick. I didn't try any other way to power the device via Micro USB.

    Also, I couldn't get the Stream 4k to recognize that the hub was connected via Ethernet. The hub's ethernet connection works great for Macbooks and Lenovo computers connected via TB3. The ethernet port on the hub lit up when I connected it to the hub, so I know the hub is receiving power from the 30W USB C apple power brick. I haven't tried connecting storage devices to the hub yet, but will do so tonight and report.
     
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  2. May 13, 2020 #2 of 220
    Levin83

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    I tried a choetech USB-C multi hub with ethernet and and another generic multihub and neither worked however I did get a flash drive with a USB-C to USB A adapter to work. Also I was able to power up the stream 4k with just a USB-C port.
     
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  3. May 13, 2020 #3 of 220
    Dan203

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    I tried a generic USB-C ethernet adapter and it didn't work. Also tried a USB-B to USB-C adapter to connect my Fire TV ethernet adapter and that didn't work either.

    I've seen some reports that the Chromecast ethernet adapter, that plugs into the bottom USB-B port, will work so I'm going to buy one of those next and see. (I prefer to use ethernet for everything I can)
     
  4. May 13, 2020 #4 of 220
    Levin83

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    I prefer to use ethernet for anything I can aswell but I'm going to hold off on the Chromecast ethernet adapter. I also heard reports about that working. I'm just hoping in a future update TiVo updates their firmware with driver support for my adapters. The two multihub adapters I have work on my Galaxy Note 10 including Ethernet.
     
  5. May 13, 2020 #5 of 220
    Dan203

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    I ordered one. Willing to spend the $20 just to test for the community. I'll let you know if it works.
     
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  6. May 13, 2020 #6 of 220
    powrcow

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    I have my TiVo Stream 4k connected to the Chromecast Ethernet adapter. It works. In fact, I forgot that I was using it and I was surprised that the Stream got in my network without me entering any wireless information. I quickly figured it out.
     
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  7. May 13, 2020 #7 of 220
    omelet1978

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    What about an external hard drive with MP4 movies? Anyone been able to get that working with the USB C port?

    I did see a video review on here that said it did work, would be nice to hear it from a few more people since I’ve got a 2-3TB movie collection at this point.
     
  8. May 14, 2020 #8 of 220
    babsonnexus

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    It is exactly the same for BT keyboard/mouse, you can't hit enter so you get stuck! However, I did not have to reboot because I could just turn off the BT keyboard mouse and the on screen keyboard came back.
     
  9. May 14, 2020 #9 of 220
    mschnebly

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    It seems like there is so much potential in this device if Tivo can get it all worked out.
     
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  10. May 14, 2020 #10 of 220
    mattyro7878

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    I saw on youtube (and of course I forgot the specific video) where to get things to work through the usb-c port he downloaded an app. He also used an app called DOWNLOADER which uses the url to sideload things I tried it but havre no idea what the url for Xfinity Stream is. Maybe Im too old for this and I should just use the device like it is designed? If it spoke to my dvrs...
     
  11. May 15, 2020 #11 of 220
    rablaw

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    For initial setup, I connected the TS4K using my Chromecast USB-c with the Ethernet adapter and I was immediately using Ethernet as the connection. But days later I went to the WIFI connection and selected my home WI-FI. Now I can't get back to Ethernet - any suggestions?
     
  12. May 15, 2020 #12 of 220
    Levin83

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    Possibly go into network settings, then choose your wifi then look for the option to forget it
     
  13. May 16, 2020 #13 of 220
    rablaw

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    Tried and failed. Tivo does what it wants to do - I could do a factory reset but not worth the effort - So if you get ethernet going (the Chromecast usb-c works) don't give it up.
     
  14. May 16, 2020 #14 of 220
    Jim1348

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    I am glad that you guys are doing the research on this. Thank you. I suspect that this is the one that is known to work? I may have to spring for this!


    Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast - Google Store


    Does anybody here have any idea why the Ethernet adapter for Chromecast works for the TiVo Stream 4K and other Ethernet adapters don't work?
     
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  15. May 16, 2020 #15 of 220
    BillyClyde

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    Mine worked perfectly right away with this ethernet adapter:

    J5 Create j5create USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter, JUE130 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DMSCHWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_WYfWEb7PASCX6

    It wasn’t anywhere near that expensive when I got mine though. I used an iHome USB-A to USB-C Adapter that I got at Walmart for $7 on clearance with it.

    One thing to realize is that when you’re in the WiFi settings and you plug in the ethernet adapter, it doesn’t appear to be working and there’s no selection to choose ethernet. I thought mine too wasn’t working, but then when I went back to the prior settings screen, it showed connected to ethernet.
     
  16. May 16, 2020 #16 of 220
    powrcow

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    That's the one I have.
     
  17. May 16, 2020 #17 of 220
    Dan203

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    I have one on order. Should be here Tuesday
     
  18. May 16, 2020 #18 of 220
    sicariis

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    I could not get this to work even after doing a factory reset. This is a usb b micro adapter intended for non ultra chromecasts (not the usb c adapter that comes with the chromecast ultra).

    I’ve decided to return it and ordered the UGREEN adapter to try next https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1X28F1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_W5iWEb0TV9KAM

    As there were confirmed reports of it working here
     
  19. May 17, 2020 #19 of 220
    Dan203

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    Also made for the Chromecast so makes sense
     
  20. May 18, 2020 #20 of 220
    sicariis

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    I can confirm the UGreen ethernet adapter works with the Stream 4K. Definitely improves the response times compared to a latent wifi connection where the Stream is stuck in the back of the av receiver and the access point is in another room.
     

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