Which wired USB Adapter would you pick?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Bryanw20, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. Jan 7, 2006 #1 of 64
    Bryanw20

    Bryanw20 New Member

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    Looks like I'll be returning my 200M to Compusa when I get a chance this week.
    Now that I've had a chance to research it looks like my local store has these models instock:
    Netgear FA120 $30
    Belkin F5D5050 $25
    Linksys 100M $35
    Linksys 200M $30 (hopes of a ver 1)

    Compusa Brand $22 (another post seems this will work)

    I have a refurb 80h Dvdr and don't plan on using the TTG feature, just the broadband features. Even if I don't plan on TTG I would still like to get a 2.0 just because I can, so I think that leaves the NG FA120 or a possible old 200M.

    Any suggestions, objections to which I should get.

    Promise I'm almost done bugging the group!

    Bryan
     
  2. Jan 7, 2006 #2 of 64
    holowac

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    I picked up a Linksys USB 200M ver.1 a few weeks ago at a local Radio Shack. I was previously using a D-Link Wireless G USB Adapter DWL G122 ver A2, but wanted to improve the thru-put by going wired. The 200M seems to work fine but I don't have another wired unit to compare it with. Perhaps someone else in the Community could provide a more definitive answer.
     
  3. Jan 8, 2006 #3 of 64
    MonkeyBoy668

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    Personally, my Tivo has a 200M rev1. I didn't even know they had a rev2, guess I snuck in under the wire when I busted my old 200M and bought the new one a couple months ago.

    Frankly given the fragility of the Linksys design I'm leaning towards getting a Netgear FA120 for the 40hr refurb I just ordered. Well, that and an SMC 802.11g bridge. Tivo will probably roll out WPA support 2 weeks after I get everything in place, but meh... I just hope it all works...
     
  4. Jan 8, 2006 #4 of 64
    Bryanw20

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    I also noticed while I was at Compusa in Vegas next to their brand adapter was a usb <-> usb data transfer cable to move files between computers. Would this thing work with Tivo? Again I guess probably not, but gotta ask.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2006 #5 of 64
    classicsat

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    The FA120 is the one to pick.
    It has only one version, is USB 2.0, uses a standard USB A/B cable, and has a real RJ45.
    None of your other choices feature all those.
    The Belkin and Linksys USB100M are USB 1.1 only.

    You can only use network adapters, as USB-USB transfer cables aren't supported at all.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2006 #6 of 64
    cassiusdrow

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    I'll add another vote for the Netgear FA120, because it is USB 2.0 and uses a real RJ45 ethernet jack. I have one on both of my TiVos and have had no problems with them. I get about 900k transfer rates during TiVoToGo transfers.

    The first adapter I bought was a Linksys USB200M, but it always gave me problems because of the skimpy ethernet jack. It dropped packets like crazy and even came unplugged by itself once.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2006 #7 of 64
    Nora

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    Ditto. Just hooked this up with no probs.
     
  8. Bryanw20

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    Thanks group, did the exchange last night at compusa for the FA120 :)

    Pluged in and it automatically decided to use it vs the phone line. with the desktop I can see Tivo, Tivo can see my photos & music. Now how do I turn on the Yahoo and/or any other toys?

    Thanks for the tips!
     
  9. Fraser+Dief

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    I'm assuming the connector is the same as my USB100M. At first when I plugged it in, it was very loose, just sitting in there, and it did come loose. I found the next time I plugged it in that if I did it just right, it snapped into place and the tab locked, just like in a normal router, etc. Wouldn't come loose even with some shaking.

    The Linksys adapters are fussy, but you can get a solid connection. Just in case anyone searches for this. :)
     
  10. petew

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  11. emrobin

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    I bought the Linksys USB200M v.2 10/100 Ethernet USB adapter, but the TiVo site says you need the 7.2.2 updated for it to work. It appears there are many people on this site who are already using this. Are they blowing smoke about the upgrade? Can I plug it in and use it now with my Series2 DVR with update 7.2.1? I bought it so I could turn off my home phone since we use our cell phones for everything and the home phone is only there for the TiVo updates. I'd love to save the $37 my local phone is costing me. I'm basically paying $50 a month to have TiVo and want to get this up asap so I can cancel my local phone service.
     
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  13. dcahoe

    dcahoe TiVoPlayList Author

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    I use the Netgear FA120.

    Picked it up for $11 shipped on eBay. Refurbished, but looks and works great!

    Sweet.
     
  14. dtreese

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    I'm another Netgear user. One on each TiVo, and I get excellent transfer speeds.
     
  15. mr.cello

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    So has anyone used the NetGear FA120 with the 7.2.2? Is it actually running at 2.0 speeds? What kind of speedups have people seen?
     
  16. gtadell

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    Will the wired ethernet connectors like the Netgear FA120 give me more speed than the Tivo branded 802.11G wireless adapter?
    I am currently using 802.11b wireless. My tivo is close enough to my router that I could wire it if that would offer better speed for TivotoGo transfers.
     
  17. cassiusdrow

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    I have two Netgear FA120 adapters, one connected to a 240 series 2 TiVo and another connected to a Pioneer 810. Both units are running 7.2.2, and everything works great.

    I would speculate that any wired USB 2.0 adapter would be faster than any wireless adapter, but I'm not sure if TiVo's wireless adapter does any special processing. I've never used it.
     
  18. petew

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    You don't state what speed you currently get, but it's almost certain that a wired adapter would be faster.
     
  19. Joey Bagadonuts

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    Just another vote for the Netgear FA120 adapter. The most difficult thing about the "install", is breaking through the cellophane the box is wrapped in.
     
  20. carlandmel

    carlandmel New Member

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    I just went from wireless to wired using the FA120. Couldn't be any easier to get up and running. The speed is significantly faster than my old 802.11b wireless connection.
     

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