Why does it take so long to activate a Mini?

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by trip1eX, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. Sep 9, 2014 #1 of 13

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005


    I mean it should be bim, bam, boom. 24 hours? What do they do during that time? Are their back end systems all running on Tivo Premieres?

    I know. I know. IT's Tivo. I should expect no less than this sort of molasses of a process. I mean their website is slow. They are slow to deliver promised features. Why should I expect activation to be quick?

    I shouldn't. I just had to vent. 1st world problems.
  2. Sep 9, 2014 #2 of 13

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    I activated a Mini yesterday afternoon over the phone. I forced a connection on the host machine, did the setup on the Mini, and was up in running in about an hour. I'm not sure why it takes others so long.
  3. Sep 9, 2014 #3 of 13

    eric102 Member

    Oct 31, 2012
    I think some folks forget to force a connection on the host before setting up the mini.
  4. Sep 9, 2014 #4 of 13

    Mikeyis4dcats Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    I activated yesterday and was up and doing setup in 15 minutes.
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002


    Yes I think that is key. I activated my Mini at work around 5:30PM. I got home and connected the Mini around 6:30PM. While it was downloading and installing an update I had my Roamio Pro connect to TiVo. So when I went through the guided setup on the new Mini it was able to connect to my ROamio Pro. But my Roamio Basic and Premiere was grayed out. Not until I had my Roamio Basic and Premiere connect to TiVo was I able to see them from the Mini.
  6. Jan 7, 2015 #6 of 13

    ccoulson Member

    May 24, 2003
    I activated my new Roamio on Monday and activated two Minis on Wednesday. Despite multiple forced connects and restarts, the Minis still cannot connect (thought they can see) the Roamio. Tivo Support said it can take up to 72 hours for a Mini to complete activation. Since a Mini is worthless until it can connect to a DVR, "activation" is not the most apropos word to use...

    So much for "instant gratification!"
  7. Jan 7, 2015 #7 of 13

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    You can get instant gratification or you can wait for the TiVo to do it's regularly scheduled housekeeping - up to you.
  8. Jan 7, 2015 #8 of 13

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    Force a connection on the host DVR, then restart the host DVR. That should fix it.
  9. Jan 7, 2015 #9 of 13
    piano man

    piano man New Member

    Dec 30, 2014
    It doesn't. I forced a half dozen or more connections on the host DVR, and 2 Mini's, and rebooted everything 3-4 times and it doesn't help. Despite the Roamio seeing the Mini's, the Mini's will not connect to the Roamio until they download some specific information from the TIVO service, and that information is only downloaded at specific times during the night (and perhaps also during the day) - but not whenever you force a connection. I had to wait about 12 hours. Some people get the right info connection sooner (or later), but it is just luck of the timing. It is an awful system that just frustrates customers and should be corrected. I can't understand what TIVO is thinking if they value customer satisfaction, let alone the unnecessary and useless support calls for help they get.
  10. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    I believe you, that just wasn't my experience. All 3 Minis that I have activated were able to be used immediately after forcing connections and restarting.
  11. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

    Sep 29, 2013
    I wonder if this is a recent change? It sounds exactly like the problem I had with my two Minis when they were new (over a year ago). A call to tech support got me "they'll download the info in a few days, but force a connection on everything might get it sooner." And it did.

    I was pleasantly surprised that it worked and stunned that anyone had to wait a few days for something to download to a brand new device.
  12. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    It's ultimately a crap shoot with Tivo's servers. It's been like that from the Mini's start. Sometimes the servers work as they should (semi-right away), and sometimes not. There are people who have had to wait 3 days for their Minis and DVRs to play nice.
  13. Marty1781

    Marty1781 Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Most of my Minis were up and running within 15 minutes. However, with one of the Minis, no amount of forced connections to Tivo on the Roamio and Mini and no matter how many times I rebooted both machines, the Mini simply would not complete setup and talk to the Roamio until 24 hours later. Forced connections + reboots will do the trick the majority of the time but not always.

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