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How do you connect a Roku box to the HD TV, when the Tivo DVR (Roamio) is using the Ethernet connection? Can I split the Ethernet connection to support both the Tivo and Roku Box?

Also, I am using a Powerline connection (Ethernet) between the Modem, Router, Tivo (Roamio) and a Tivo Mini. The reason for the use of Powerline is because I have no Coax connection in the location of the Tivo Mini.

The streaming service seems to be fine on the Roamio with occasional glitches at the Mini.

I have not attempted the use of WiFi due to potential problems.

Please advise as I am at a learning stage in the Tivo world having just cut the cord from Comcast.

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You just buy a cheap 8 port switch and hook that to the powerline adapter and then the Tivo and Roku into the switch, it'll work fine.

But what's the reason you're not using wifi? "potential problems" is pretty vague.
 

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I'm confused - why would you want to connect a Roku with ethernet. You connect a Roku to an HDTV with HDMI. The ethernet connection is to the router or switch for updates.
 

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dianebrat,

I appreciate your response.

I reason for not trying wifi, is because I have read that it's not a reliable signal source. Is this true?

Is it true that using Netflix etc. via the Tivo (Roamio) is also not that reliable? At times there is a tendency for buffering? Before I purchased the Tivo, I had my bluray player connected to Netflix. In that situation I never got any buffering. Can you explain the reason for this?

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dianebrat,

I appreciate your response.

I reason for not trying wifi, is because I have read that it's not a reliable signal source. Is this true?

Is it true that using Netflix etc. via the Tivo (Roamio) is also not that reliable? At times there is a tendency for buffering? Before I purchased the Tivo, I had my bluray player connected to Netflix. In that situation I never got any buffering. Can you explain the reason for this?

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mikeandsylvia
I guess I can't say as I've not used the Tivo version of the Netflix and Hulu Plus apps for very long. For the short time that I used them, I experienced none of the problems you mentioned. The main reason I no longer use them is that the take a long time to load as compared to my Roku 3, and the user interface is plain horrible compared to my Roku 3 experience. I'd hoped to consolidate a lot of my viewing to my Roamio Plus, rather than constantly switching devices, but, in my humble opinion, the Netflix and Hulu Plus experiences are horrible on the Tivo if you have a Roku to compare them to.

If you wish to use more than one networkable device, just buy a network switch like dianebrat suggested and then connect all of the devices to it and connect the switch to your Ethernet port. Right now I have my audio/video receiver, television, Tivo, Roku 3 and Blu-ray player all connected to an 8-port switch. No need to decide which device I want to connect or worrying about shuffling cables.

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I'm confused - why would you want to connect a Roku with ethernet. You connect a Roku to an HDTV with HDMI. The ethernet connection is to the router or switch for updates.
You need to connect the Roku to the network somehow...

I reason for not trying wifi, is because I have read that it's not a reliable signal source. Is this true?

Is it true that using Netflix etc. via the Tivo (Roamio) is also not that reliable? At times there is a tendency for buffering? Before I purchased the Tivo, I had my bluray player connected to Netflix. In that situation I never got any buffering. Can you explain the reason for this?
If your Bluray player was able to stream acceptably I'd try the Roku on wifi.
However connected via ethernet, even if by powerline will be more stable and faster no matter what and the switch will cost you under $50, but wifi might very well work ok for you, if it doesn't it cost you nothing and you can buy a switch.
 

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Merry Christmas to one and all.

I really appreciate all of your inputs to my questions.

mikeandsylvia
If one of them actually fixes your problem you'll appreciate it even more.

:D

Merry Christmas right back at the both of you.
 

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Question: Based upon all of the complaints and negative remarks on the way in which Tivo interacts with Netflix AND HuluPlus. Why doesn't Tivo fix the bloody problem or at least admit there is a problem and inform all users about a fix or work around?

I have communicated with Tivo Support many times over the past month about similar streaming problems and every time their response refers to a Comcast network problem i.e. lack of speed or I should be using a Moca connection.

Considering the monthly service charge of $15, it's a bit of a rip off if the techs are not even attempting to eliminate the problems. I know, they always have an answer for that too: The service charge is to update the guide, be it OTA or Cable.

I don't have a problem paying the service charge on a monthly basis. However, the wiz kids @ Tivo should be working on the issues as mentioned.

Lastly, the customer base should not be forced to go and purchase a Roku box due to unreliable access to the streaming services.

Looking forward to some input on this issue.

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mikeandsylvia
 

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You just buy a cheap 8 port switch and hook that
Buy a cheap 4 port switch (not a hub).
But try wireless first, it'll most likely work just fine.
 

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Looking forward to some input on this issue.
If you want to discuss your entirely different issue, start your own thread instead of hijacking someone else's thread on a different topic.

oh, sorry.
Should still be a separate thread though.
 

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If you want to discuss your entirely different issue, start your own thread instead of hijacking someone else's thread on a different topic.
Well, while technically off topic, he wasn't hijacking someone else's thread. It was HIS thread to begin with.

I'm just saying...
 

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Well, while technically off topic, he wasn't hijacking someone else's thread. It was HIS thread to begin with.

I'm just saying...
Still not cool since it doesn't match the OP's title or problem at all and comes completely out of left field. We're happy to help the OP with their issue, but they turned the thread into a rant instead.
 

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Oh, I agree with you 100%. I was merely pointing out to scandia101 that mikeandsylvia was not hijacking someone else' thread; that he was the OP.
 

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Still not cool since it doesn't match the OP's title or problem at all and comes completely out of left field. We're happy to help the OP with their issue, but they turned the thread into a rant instead.
And this is different than every other thread in what way? :D Usually by the 10th post or so in any given thread the original topic has gone by the wayside and deteriorated into something else altogether, mainly because the OP's question has already been answered or there is no actual solution to the original problem.

I'm not saying that it's proper forum etiquette, but rather just the way things tend to be.
 

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And a pretty stupid rant it was, as well. Nothing specific was complained about, just vague whines about how awful it was and wondering why isn't something being done.
 
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