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Which version of the software will work (and work best) for Wireless on a Series 2, Hughes HDVR2?

Is there a version that will support 802.11.g on?

I have been told:

* version 4.0.1 can be made to work with 802.11.b adapters but, is only USB 1.0.

* version 7.1 is best for ethernet but, does not support 802.11.g. Will this even work with DirecTivo?

Any other recommendations or suggestions?

Any recommended links?

Thanks in advance for everyone's advise.

Have a happy New Year.

Regards,

Michael
 

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Michael,

With my HDVR2, I have 6.2. I used The Zipper as mentioned by SteelersFan. Once I got caught up on reading the Encyclopedia of a Zipper thread and made a few mistakes, it was really quite easy.

If I am not mistaken you will be limited to a b wireless adapter. 99.9% of the g adapters are not supported for the HDVR2. You'll need to read the wireless adapter thread as well. I am using the Linksys WUSB11, version 2.8 for all of mine. The support section of Tivo.com as a detailed list of adapters that will work. If it ain't on the list.........do not buy it. Good luck and happy reading.
 

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I used a USB to ethernet adapter (Netgear FA120) to a Netgear WGE101 bridge on my hacked DirecTiVo's.

Problem with the USB200M's is you have to get a version 1 part. The current version 2 part will not work with the TiVo USB drivers. Gunnyman recommended the FA120, and I found some refurbished ones for $15 each. They've been working great for the couple of months since I did the hacks.
 

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LlamaLarry said:
i just use a USB200M and a Linksys Wireless G Bridge, works great out of the (hacked) box.
Yea the wired approach is most likely best. At least the fastest MRV and transferring option. There have been a lot of posts, off Tivo Community, that talk about the fragile nature of these type adapters. Have you guys had any problems?
 

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Is there anyplace where I can find a comparison between the different versions of the OS or a list of each versions features/issues.

Dr. Evil wrote:
I used a USB to ethernet adapter (Netgear FA120) to a Netgear WGE101 bridge on my hacked DirecTiVo's." are most people using this method to connect or just using a USB network adapter?

I am not familiar with going the ethernet adapter route. What else do I need besides (1) Netgear FA120 and (1) Netgear WGE101 bridge (I assume only one total for my 3-tivos?

What else do I need? What are the benefits doing it this way? What are the speed differences?

Thanks again for everyone's patience and help.

--Michael
 

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....forgot to ask....

Are there particular versions of either device?? what all should I be looking to order to network 3 Tivo's?

Dr. Evil wrote:
I used a USB to ethernet adapter (Netgear FA120) to a Netgear WGE101 bridge on my hacked DirecTiVo's." are most people using this method to connect or just using a USB network adapter?

Thanks again,

Michael
 

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I've not had any problems with mine, but I do see how you could. The "jack" for the ethernet does seem excessively cheesy, but my rigs don't move a whole lot. I wholeheartedly agree that FA120's seem like a much more intelligent design.

As for the v1 vs v2 debate, the last several backport drivers and usb.map change seems to have fixed v2 issues.
 

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MrBluEyZz said:
Is there anyplace where I can find a comparison between the different versions of the OS or a list of each versions features/issues.
For DirecTivos 6.2 is the latest software version. As far as finding a comparison I don't know.
 

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Hi All,

Everyone has been very helpful but I am still not sure I fully understand the complete configuration I need to move to:

Cable Modem --> WGT624 v2 802.11.g Router (can I still use this router?)

One WGE101 Bridge (to be purchased) -- Do I need more than one for the 3 TIVOs?

DirecTivo HDVR2 #1 nothing today --> (Netgear FA120 - to be purchased)
DirecTivo HDVR2 #2 nothing today --> (Netgear FA120 - to be purchased)
DirecTivo HDVR2 #3 nothing today --> (Netgear FA120 - to be purchased)

These TIVO's are probably 3-4 years old. Does this matter?

Tivo OS version :
Which one is best to use (and more importantly, why):
7.1?
6.2?
4.01?

Anything else I need to consider or install?

THanks in advance for everyone's help.

Regards,

Michael

DrEvil said:
I used a USB to ethernet adapter (Netgear FA120) to a Netgear WGE101 bridge on my hacked DirecTiVo's.

Problem with the USB200M's is you have to get a version 1 part. The current version 2 part will not work with the TiVo USB drivers. Gunnyman recommended the FA120, and I found some refurbished ones for $15 each. They've been working great for the couple of months since I did the hacks.
 

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DrEvil said:
I used a USB to ethernet adapter (Netgear FA120) and I found some refurbished ones for $15 each. They've been working great for the couple of months since I did the hacks.
Where did you find these? Thanks !!!
 

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MrBluEyZz said:
Hi All,

Everyone has been very helpful but I am still not sure I fully understand the complete configuration I need to move to:

Cable Modem --> WGT624 v2 802.11.g Router (can I still use this router?)

One WGE101 Bridge (to be purchased) -- Do I need more than one for the 3 TIVOs?

DirecTivo HDVR2 #1 nothing today --> (Netgear FA120 - to be purchased)
DirecTivo HDVR2 #2 nothing today --> (Netgear FA120 - to be purchased)
DirecTivo HDVR2 #3 nothing today --> (Netgear FA120 - to be purchased)

These TIVO's are probably 3-4 years old. Does this matter?

Tivo OS version :
Which one is best to use (and more importantly, why):
7.1?
6.2?
4.01?

Anything else I need to consider or install?

THanks in advance for everyone's help.

Regards,

Michael
I can't assist you with your specific router or bridge questions, as I do not have that model. Since you have decided on a wired network, any router will work as it serves only as the hub of your network.

6.2 is the latest version for the HDVR2. 7.1 and 7.2 are for stand-alone Tivos, those that do not have Directv tuners if I am not mistaken.

The fact that your Tivos are 3-4 years old is not a problem if they are running 6.2. If not and they are not active units, you may need a 6.2 software image to be able to easily install the USB enabling software and the other cool enhancements that are available. In addition, you will need the LBA48 boot CD from PTVUgrades, and the time and patience to read everything needed to pull it all off.

It really sounds worse than it is.
 

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MrBluEyZz, if all three HDVR2's are together then you would only need one WGE101 bridge, and a 10/100 switch (a Netgear FS605 or equivalent).

Otherwise you would need a WGE101 bridge for each HDVR2 if they are in separate locations.

The one nice thing about the WGE101 bridge is it can handle more than one ethernet device connected to it through a switch. The other Linksys and Netgear 802.11g Game adapters (Linksys WGA54AG or WGA54G, Netgear WGE111) will only work with one ethernet device. So if you don't need the capability to have more than one ethernet device connected to a bridge, you could use a game adapter instead if you prefer.

I believe 6.2 is preferable over 4.01 on the DirecTiVo's because folders were added and the guide updates onscreen faster than software older than 6.2.
 

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I could be wrong.....but here it goes.

If I understand the WGT624 correctly, it has four CAT5 input ports on the back. These are in addition to the Cable/DSL port. If this is the case, why not not just run CAT5 from each Tivo to the router. Of course you'll need a USB/Ethernet adapter for each Tivo and the cables. If you want to really get "neat" with the install, CAT5 in-wall mount plates and boxes.

No bridge needed. Am I missing something?
 
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