What should I buy? Used Mini, Vox or Lux

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  1. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

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    I have a TiVo Mini that just died on me. (Stuck in reboot mode after a few months past 5 years). That sounds on par with these units.

    I need a 2nd unit to access my TiVo Roamio. (Using TiVo 3 blue software)
    I can buy another used mini and hope it doesn’t have hydra on it. (Heard it won’t downgrade).

    Or buy a new Vox/Lux. Will one of those connect to my older software roamio? Some threads suggest it may not.
    Is hydra on my unit worth going to? what are plus/cons of hydra? I only use TiVo for DVR aspect. I have android tv for streaming options.

    Any advice is welcomed. Thanks
     
  2. jaredmwright

    jaredmwright Member

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    Newer 4K mini are faster, better supported and appear better built it seems and much more responsive. Otherwise, each will work ok and either will downgrade software based on the TiVo host connecting to so you don't need to worry about that. It is personal preference. I personally have been slowly replacing my older Minis with newer 4K because as they die since my 4K are more responsive and and my newer TVs are also 4K plus they tend to be more reliable than the older units.

    You can pick up an older used mininon 4K for cheap whichay work fine. A used 4K will run around $130 or so sometimes more or less.
     
  3. cjgadd3

    cjgadd3 Member

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    I had an old mini die at 5 years old. Called Tivo and got $25 off a new mini lux. Don't know if this helps any.
     
  4. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

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    Thanks. Yeah. They offered me same $25 discount today on a pic. Was hoping for the $39 return mini offer but it looks like those days are gone.
     
  5. Random User 7

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    I have a two minis I am not using. One I never used that I’d be happy to get rid of for cheap if your interested.
     
  6. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

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    How much would you want?
    I was going to go with a mini replacement but don’t want to spend much if they will likely die in a short period of time.

     
  7. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    I would like to get my Mini setup in my new house but I don't have coax or ethernet to the room where the mini is. I wish the wifi adapter would work with the not newest minis.
     
  8. Sonyad

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    I'm using a powerline adapter to get ethernet service to my Tivo Lux mini.
     
  9. keithg1964

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    Try repeatedly hitting the tivo button after applying the power to the unit.
     
  10. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Oh that’s a good idea. I think that could work in this house.
     
  11. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

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    I tried that. No luck. Ended up getting two used ones from a member on this forum. Back up and running.
     
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