Wireless - the same old question

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by 20039700, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. 20039700

    20039700 New Member

    Apr 24, 2006


    Hi guys,

    I am finally back as a TiVo user, for the 3rd time. Had to sell the last one when I went to uni, that was a sad day.

    Anyway just bought a "new", well its new to me, tivo from ebay, not played with it yet cos I'm on holiday in the states, aaaaagh stupid vaccations getting in the way of playing with tivo time.

    I know this question has been answered before, I trawled through 70-odd pages last nite (i am aware of the search feature, I was just bored).

    The tivo will bed set up in my bedroom, along with my nice shiny new slingbox (the us model, I really hope it works with my tivo n stuff), and my sky box, the problem is that the router is downstairs. Both the tivo and slingbox will require networking, and as I see it there are two options;
    1. buy 2 x 30m of cat-5 network cable (fairly cheap, but slightly messy and difficult to set up due to having to run the wires thru the ceiling into the loft and then down the wall at the side of the house and then back into the house)

    2. buy wireless bridge(s) (expensive, or so I am led to believe)

    I have a Linksys router, which I am very very pleased with, so would probably want to get a linksys bridge, but I can only find the "gaming adapters" which allow only 1 device to plug in, does anybody know of any way to solve my conumdrum.

    Also if anyone has any experience with slingbox, will my UK tivo work with the US slingbox?

    Cheers guys, for everything all the help over the past 2 tivos I have had

    its sooooooo good to be back from SKY Bloody plus!!
  2. ciper

    ciper Active Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Used WRT54G with HyperWRT firmware to enable bridge mode and higher transmit power
    http://www.thibor.co.uk/ If you look around you could find one for under 30$

    Look for a thread with the term "nifty" in the title in this forum. There is another UK user with a slingbox on his Tivo.
  3. iankb

    iankb New Member

    Oct 9, 2000
    Reading, UK
    I think the mains-based networks, such as the devolo Homeplug, give a far more reliable signal than wireless networks, due to the lack of interference from moving objects, neighbours networks, Bluetooth, video senders, DECT 'phones, etc.

    However, while similar in throughput to wireless networks, beware that the throughput of Homeplug devices is considerably lower than their rated speeds, and can be adversely affected by low-power bulbs and 'phone chargers, etc, on the network. I would recommend that you go for at least the 85Mpbs version, and avoid rival makes that are not Homeplug-compatible, since those do not appear to be so resistant to mains interference. They're a bit pricey at the moment, but are totally-secure and very easy to install.

    The latest copy (October 2007!) of the UK Personal Computer World magazine has a comparative review of mains-based devices.
  4. 20039700

    20039700 New Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    thanks guys, will give that a go, when I get paid

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