What the uses for the usb?

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  1. Smithspot

    Smithspot New Member

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    I'm sorry, maybe I missed something... But what are the usb inputs for?

    I have the bolt now. Don't need it for the wifi adapter no more....so what are they there for? They made an effort to put 2 on it so it has to be useful for something I hope. Can someone please tell me what that may be.

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. caughey

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    I don't think it takes much more effort to put in two USB ports vs one, but TiVo isn't one for making unnecessary expenditures.

    Currently, the most common use is probably for plugging in a tuning adapter. Back in the day, it was used for the wireless network adapter.

    https://support.tivo.com/articles/Features_Use/USB-hub-support-on-TiVo-DVRs
     
  3. Smithspot

    Smithspot New Member

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    But nothing really for the bolt? Other than tuning as well...
     
  4. OmeneX

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    The top USB port is primarily used for the users who require Tuning Adapters. The 2nd port while I don't know of any specific uses - would be available to use if the TiVo company has any future hardware expansion plans, external media USB reading capabilities or additional connections. Such as a USB External HDD instead of e-SATA only like they currently have. **shrug** Just guessing.

    I know what I currently use the 2nd USB port for. :) Mine powers a localized mini USB Fan to keep the area cool that also doubles as a clock.
     
  5. windracer

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    Same here. :up: :)
     
  6. HarperVision

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    Mine powers a flux capacitor that allows my TiVo to go back in time and record all the shows I may have missed that I realize I want to watch now! :p
     
  7. Steve

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    I use both Bolt USB ports to power the Roku and Chromecast HDMI sticks that are plugged into my AVR. Very convenient.
     
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    How do you get that sucker up to 88mph? :eek:
     
  9. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

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    Well, I have a wireless keyboard dongle plugged into mine so I can avoid having to use the onscreen keyboard that you navigate one character at a time.
     
  10. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I have it installed in my RV! ;)
     
  11. VillaRegina

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    I use one of the usb ports to power my amplified indoor antenna so I don't have to plug it into a (very much needed for other items) socket on my power bar...

    Sent from my SM-N900T using Tapatalk
     
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  12. bkc56

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    Having not seen this thread yet, I tried plugging in a USB stick with some video files on it just to see if the bolt would "see" them. It didn't. But it sure would have been convenient.
     
  13. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    Is it possible that the new TiVo Mantis might be able to plug into the USB port on TiVo DVRs for storage space?
     
  14. bkc56

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    And a question: do the ports stay powered even when the Bolt goes into standby mode?
     
  15. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I'm thinking they wouldn't bother doing that with the USB ports, rather doing it via ethernet since the mantis is a network DVR.

    That's a very interesting concept and thought though, so maybe.
     
  16. ej42137

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    Yes. I used them to power a PS3 remote translator device, and it continued to work when my TiVo was in standby. Ditto for the tuning adapters which are powered from the USB connector; their power LEDs remain burning when the associated TiVo is in standby as well.
     

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