USB C - what works and what doesn't

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  1. Aug 4, 2020 #181 of 204
    Dan203

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    Does anyone know of one of those tiny flash drives, the kind that are barely a nub beyond the port, that has a USB-C port instead of USB-A? I couldn’t seem to find one.

    Edit: I'm talking about one similar to this...

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    rczrider

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    I don't think they get too much smaller at this point. The USB-A ones can be smaller because the memory goes in the "solid" part of the USB-A port itself. I've got several microSD adapters that are literally the size of just the USB-A connector because that's there the microSD card goes. USB-C doesn't have room in the connector for the memory.
     
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    Dan203

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    xberk

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    How does this look AUKEY with this brick for power ? Trying to hook up a 4TB drive
     
  6. xberk

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    I can't find a solution. TS4K will recognize my 32gb Sandisk thumb drive, but I can't get it to recognize my 2TB Toshiba Slim formatted to exFat. I've tried two different hubs so far. No luck.

    If anyone is using a 2TB or larger drive with the TS4K to play video content using something like MxPlayer, Kodi or VLC please let me know exactly what hardware you are using to make it work.

    It frustrating since the 32gb Sandisk works so well.
     
  7. JOSHSKORN

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    I just found this thread.

    I don't even know if this is going to work, but I'm willing to try this. I just need to find the right adapters and so forth:
    • Plug in my TiVo Mini to a TiVo Stream 4K (using a HDMI to USB (probably 3.0?) Capture device)
    • Hardwire Ethernet to TiVo Stream 4K

    Needs:
    • OTG Splitter (probably needs USB 3.0) - Will use to plug in power, Ethernet and HDMI Capture Device. Question: USB Type C splitter or Micro USB Splitter?
    I'm also kind of wondering why I'm seeing only USB 2.0 ports on the splitters people are recommending.
     
  8. Dan203

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    Does Android TV support video capture devices? Seems like at the very least you'd need an app for that. And even if it worked there would likely be a severe lag between commands you press into the remote and what you see on screen due to buffering and encoding. (similar to the old SlingTV device)

    My real question though is why would you do this? Why not just switch inputs on the TV and use the Mini directly?
     
  9. JOSHSKORN

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    1. To see if it works
    2. To me, the idea of switching Inputs seems more complicated than going to another app on the device, and I'm essentially trying to make it as dummy proof as possible for a senior citizen. It would be nice if TiVo actually added TiVo Mini functionality (ability to connect to a TiVo DVR) into the TS4K.
     
  10. Dan203

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    Yeah but you'll still need to switch remotes, so it wont really be dummy proof. A universal remote that does all the input switching automatically and can control both devices would be a better option. Look at the Harmony Hub Companion. It can control both devices and automatically switch the input when switching between them.
     
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    jb brown

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    The only time my screen goes black or crashes where a reboot is required, I have had (3) different hubs w/ different devices installed on them, none of my hubs were self powered, so I looked through the 10 pages here and looked at all (I think all) of the hubs people had tried and seen that none were self-powered, I don't have one to try and wondered if anyone had tried one. I'm thinking the TS4K may not be able to handle the extra power draw?
     
  13. Usmcnyc

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    I have both ethernet and a 2TB WD Passport hooked up and working flawlessly on my Stream 4k. It took some experimentation but I'm using my Xiaomi Quickcharge adapter for power (I assume any quickcharge power brick would suffice, you just need enough power), then a Sabrent hb-mc3b hub which is connected via USB-C using a Nonda usb-c to usb adaptor. Then I have a TVxStream USB ethernet adapter and the WD 2TB passport plugged into the hub. All works well, 2TB drive is instantly recognized by the Stream 4k and Kodi and I'm getting 100mbps via ethernet. Hope this helps anyone looking to get it all sorted. Everything can be purchased on Amazon.


    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Z7VPWTL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Premium-Aluminum-MacBook-HB-MC3B/dp/B00YFQ7M88/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=HB-MC3B)&qid=1599771147&s=electronics&sr=1-3

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076W5MNTX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  14. exdishguy

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    Is there any way to power the TS4K using USB? I would think USB-C would have enough power but aren't sure if Tivo is doing something to verify their power brick is attached. Sorry if this was discussed but I cannot find a thread or info.
     
  15. xberk

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    Thanks for this information. I'm going to try the hardware you suggest. I think the ability to use a 2TB drive (or larger) plugged directly into the TS4K is the most reliable way (and cheapest) to setup your own Media Server ..

    Two questions: What video viewer are you using? VLC? MxPlayer? What specific (model number) WD 2TB drive are you using?
     
  16. xberk

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    One more question: ... I just became aware that my TS4K has update firmware 4896 that seems to have fixed the 128gb size limit .. Don't know for sure .. or whether the USB-C port is working better for Ethernet or External storage or both ????

    Are you on firmware update 4896 ?
     
  17. Usmcnyc

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    I'm using Kodi but it shouldn't be a problem with any player you use since the device itself recognizes the storage. I'm also not sure what firmware i'm on but i usually have a habit of checking for updates so it should be whatever the latest version is.

    I'm using this WD My Passport 2TB Drive :

    https://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Storage-WDBY8L0020BBK-NESN/dp/B005HMKKH4
     
  18. blackngold75

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    How are you leaving the USB-C port open? Are you able to connect the ethernet adapter through the TS4K power port?
     
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  19. dbpaddler

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    They make a microUSB charger with an Ethernet port. Have one for my CC Ultra that I Sadly think they'll use for Sabrina and are leaving USB-C out of it. Just a hunch.

    Sent from my SM-N975U1 using Tapatalk
     
  20. Moebius

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    Not there...
    I know this thread has gone through many iterations of the conversation, but on the topic of "it works", figured I'd add a confirmation. I grabbed this ethernet adapter off of Amazon (I think based on a post in this thread or one of the others):

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XLLTL7V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Within 90 seconds of plugging it in, the Stream detected it, showed connected to ethernet, and I was getting full speeds to the internet (my current plan gets around 110meg down). I'm not using a hub or external storage on this Stream, so I can comment to it working in that scenario, but as a straight ethernet adapter, plug and play out of the box.

    In my case, connected to a Moca 2.5 adapter as I don't have a cat6 run to this room (and it's far enough from my office and router that the wifi speed suffers). And I haven't tested lan speeds, but will be trying a 4k stream from Plex later this evening (my WiFi speeds could never play more than about 10 seconds before it had to buffer).
     

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