Your router & TiVo... Is this possible...

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TiVo_Fanatic, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. TiVo_Fanatic

    TiVo_Fanatic Member

    May 29, 2006


    Anyone with a router knows when you view the attached devices of your router you will see the device name and the mac address of the item connected... anyway, I know mac addresses cannot be changed but can the device name of the tivo be changed like right now for everyone id assume it looks something like this (TIVO-1234567890EFDCD) the numbers being your TiVo's TSN... but back to the question is it possible to change the device name thats shown for your TiVo... I would explain why but its kind of hard to explain, but if requested to give soem explination as to why I'd like to do this I will, Thx in adavnce.
  2. funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    You can see the mac address with the online router setup program, but the unit does not show up on the computer as a network device.
  3. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    There's no way to change the host name of a TiVo without hacking it. Even so, I can't see why it would be a problem since there are no two TiVos with the same TSN so the host name will always be unique.
  4. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    I want to say that in an older version of the TiVo software, when setting up a wireless connection, it would allow you to change the client ID. I use all static IPs on my TiVos, though, and haven't checked to see if this feature is still in the 8.x codeline.

    edit: ah, looks like it was removed in 7.2.
  5. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2003
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    Until I changed routers recently all my TiVo's showed up with both the MAC address and the ID I specified for them (TIVO-DVD, TIVO-S1, etc...). Now I have a new router and all that shows up is the Mac address. :(
  6. rdrrepair

    rdrrepair Bill Knapp

    Nov 24, 2006
    845 New York
    from live tv > TiVo button twice to get to the now playing screen > hit the zero button > hit the Thumbs down button.

    You will now see the name and the TSN on the TV Set of every TiVo you own hooked up via broadband.

    Edit: I also think the MAC shows up too. Can't check from this location.
  7. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I run DHCP off of a Windows 2003 server (with a reservation set for the TiVo) and I get the TiVo-TSN.
  8. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    That shortcut (which takes you to the advanced troubleshooting screen for Transfers) currently only works on the S2 boxes though (or rather, boxes on which TTG is enabled).

    And no, it doesn't show the MAC address, just the TSN.
  9. sdbtig

    sdbtig New Member

    Oct 27, 2005
    I am not sure what you are trying to do with it once you rename the Tivos, but there are 2 options that I have used.

    The first depends on your router software. I have an Actiontec router (provided with Verizon FIOS service) that allows me to assign names to any connected device and assign a specific DHCP address to the device. This has the added bonus of adding the selected name to my local DNS, so I can do things like open a web browser and just type in my tivo name to open the default web page.

    The second is built into the Tivo, though it is of limited use. The Tivo uses Apple's Bonjour (aka rendezvous) and uses the name you gave the Tivo in your account settings on Any Bonjour enabled application can see the tivo, such as Apple's Safari web browser. Both Bonjour and Safari are available from Apple for windows and are built in on macs.

    If you are just naming them for MRV (transferring programs between tivos) you can do this from your account settings on

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